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Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

City stamp duty overhaul

In a bid to boost the number of city residents in Adelaide, the State Government has announced a plan to ease stamp duty at a cost of $5.6 million.

Home Loans

28 May, 2012

3 min read

City stamp duty overhaul
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

Aussies look abroad for new mortgage model

Millions of Australians with variable-rate home loans sweat on the decision made by Reserve Bank about interest rates. But in countries like the United States, it's a very different story. There, homebuyers can lock in a 30 year fixed rate mortgage at an interest rate just under 4 percent.

Home Loans

25 May, 2012

3 min read

Aussies look abroad for new mortgage model
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

First home buyers back, but sales still slow

Despite a rise in the number of first home buyers entering the market this year, vendors are still doing it tough; property is taking longer to sell in all capital cities than 12 months ago.

Home Loans

11 May, 2012

3 min read

First home buyers back, but sales still slow
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

Renters priced-out of capital cities

Rental properties in Australia's capital cities have become too pricey for low-income tenants, new research shows.

Home Loans

03 May, 2012

3 min read

Renters priced-out of capital cities
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

Rate cut imminent

An official rate cut seems all but a certainty, with financial commentators tipping at least a 25-basis point reduction at tomorrow's Reserve Bank board meeting.

Home Loans

26 Apr, 2012

3 min read

Rate cut imminent
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

House prices reshape the nuclear family

Forget the dream of having two kids, a border collie and a white-picket fence; new research shows the rising cost of living is reshaping the traditionally "standard" family structure.

Home Loans

18 Apr, 2012

3 min read

House prices reshape the nuclear family
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

NSW considers pay-as-you-go stamp duty plan

First home buyers in New South Wales could be allowed to pay off their stamp duty over several years under a proposed scheme designed to kick-start the property market.

Home Loans

16 Apr, 2012

2 min read

NSW considers pay-as-you-go stamp duty plan
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

Watchdog names financial health risks

Consumers are being warned about financial products that pose the greatest risk to their financial health in a damning new report.

Home Loans

01 Apr, 2012

3 min read

Watchdog names financial health risks
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

Why Aussies are downsizing the dream

Australians love big houses, but research suggests that consumers are moving away from the great Aussie dream of the freestanding house on the large block and embracing higher-density living.

Home Loans

27 Mar, 2012

3 min read

Why Aussies are downsizing the dream
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

Why millions of home owners are missing out

For every 100 Australians with a gripe about their financial institution, just five will actually do something about it and make the switch to a better option, new research shows.

Home Loans

18 Mar, 2012

3 min read

Why millions of home owners are missing out
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

Federal home loan initiative flops

The federal government put valuable information in the hands of homebuyers on January 1 when it introduced home loan 'key facts sheet' legislation. But two months on, the initiative has come under criticism from consumer groups, which have highlighted one major flaw in the regulation.

Home Loans

07 Mar, 2012

3 min read

Federal home loan initiative flops
Laine Gordon

Head of Public Relations

First home buyers better off, but still absent

A late-2011 surge in first home buyers has failed to resurrect a weak lending market, according to a new research report, which revealed first-time buyer numbers at eight-year lows.

Home Loans

05 Mar, 2012

3 min read

First home buyers better off, but still absent