The cash rate, COVID-19, Australia’s best real estate agents and the flow-on impact of changed mortgage conditions: We’ve rounded up this week’s biggest stories.
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The central bank acted as most economists predicted, holding the cash rate at 0.25 per cent, having previously stated it was the lower bound for Australian rates.
With first home buyers in Adelaide being limited to $400,000 or less to be eligible for government support, new research has revealed the most liveable and affordable spots for those looking to take advantage of the scheme.
The NSW property market has received a timely boost, with the ban on public open homes and on-site auctions to be removed from next weekend, and the application of stamp duty concessions.
ListingLoop.com.au has reported a 58 per cent increase in property listings on its own platform in the past month, and believes this surge indicates housing stock in the market is substantially higher than what’s advertised online.
It’s also seen a 23 per cent increase in buyer registrations over the same period, “demonstrating that there’s still serious buyers ready to take action”.
Wondering what kind of figures Australia’s best real estate agents are dealing in when it comes to property transactions?
Hint: On average, their properties spend 45 days on market.
A non-major bank has announced that it will no longer issue credit for off-the-plan property purchases. It’s tightened its serviceability assessment policy as part of its response to credit quality concerns arising from the COVID-19 crisis.
ME Bank will now be reviewing the personal circumstances of each customer affected by its controversial change to redraw limits, following widespread criticism of the move from customers and brokers alike.
News broke over the weekend that the bank had reduced the amount borrowers could redraw from specific mortgage products without forewarning customers, after the bank “identified the redraw facility on some legacy home loans (a portion of legacy loans written more than five years ago) could lead to some customers falling behind their original repayment schedules”.
According to the latest data from property research group CoreLogic, home loan activity fell nationally by 16.5 per cent month-on-month for the week ending 3 May 2020.
Home loan demand dropped in every state and territory last week, with Tasmania recording the sharpest decline (39.4 per cent), followed by Victoria (29.3 per cent), NSW (16.9 per cent), South Australia (16.1 per cent), Victoria (13.8 per cent) and Western Australia (12.5 per cent).
Landlords could be missing out on thousands of dollars by not claiming one particular deduction.
Mark Wilkins, director of Capital Claims Tax Depreciation, said owners of rental properties can boost their tax returns by thousands with tax depreciation deductions.
“All that is needed is a depreciation schedule prepared by a professional quantity surveyor,” he explained.