Tagged With mortgages

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Several years ago, my wife and I were in a bit of a personal bind. We lived together in what was about the tiniest two-bedroom apartment you can imagine, with a small baby and another one on the way. We were already forced into being pretty creative with arrangements with even one baby in the home, but two? It was pretty clear that we needed a bigger place.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Flongle is a new crowdsourcing website that assists customers in finding the best home loan by making banks and mortgage brokers bid against each other. Billed as the world’s first “mortgage contest”, the site allows home buyers to post their ideal mortgage anonymously. You can then sit back and watch as banks, non-bank lenders and brokers compete to "win" the loan.

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Buying a house involves more than slapping down a deposit and moving in. There are all manner of hidden costs and financial complexities that ramp up the total price significantly. Once you factor in stamp duty, conveyance fees, mortgage insurance and miscellaneous bank fees, you can expect to pay tens of thousands of dollars more than the advertised price tag -- and that's before you take interest, council rates and general upkeep into account. Here are some tips that will help to keep the total cost down to a less terrifying level.

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An individual’s likelihood of defaulting on a mortgage is directly related to their ability to perform basic mathematics calculations, a US bank has claimed. According to the study, the dramatic rise in subprime mortgage defaults in recent years can be attributed to borrowers' poor numerical ability and may have precipitated the recent global financial crisis.

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Dear Lifehacker, How can I go about getting a new job when I have a mortgage? It's a very fine line, matching income to expenditure! I want a job that I enjoy (more than I do my current one, at least) but switching careers would probably mean a pay cut which would make meeting the mortgage repayments impossible. How would you go about finding a new career without getting five roommates or relying on lady-luck? Thanks, Job Switcher

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We're conditioned to believe that the interest rate is the single most important element to consider when we're borrowing money to purchase our first home. But is that really the case? No-one wants to pay more interest than they have to, but other factors may influence our decision more than we realise.

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Keeping the mortgage paid is the most difficult financial management trick most of us have to pull off, but it's undoubtedly more stressful in some places than others. The ABC reports that an analysis of almost a million residential mortgages by Fitch found that nine of the ten worst-performing postcodes in terms of mortgage defaults in Australia were in NSW. Wetherill Park in south-western Sydney was the worst-performing suburbs, while Helensvale in Queensland was the only non-NSW entry in the top 10. Western Australia had the lowest percentage of mortgages in arrears, but that number was growing faster than anywhere else.

So is there a moral to the story? Don't get a mortgage in NSW if you can help it, apparently. And wherever you live, try and stick to a budget.