Analysis

  • Boom time for brokers, agents

    The property boom shows no signs of slowing down, with national housing values growing at the fastest rate for 17 years. Australian Broker asked two brokers, a real estate agent and a buyer's agent for their insights

  • Creating opportunities for women in broking

    As the world celebrates International Women's Day, Jane Counsel, lead adviser on the MFAA's Opportunities for Women program, is hoping the finance industry will come together to encourage more females to become brokers

  • Solutions for struggling SMEs

    Australia's small business ombudsman is calling for a federal government-backed loan scheme to help SMEs survive the next 12 months as JobKeeper and rent relief come to an end

  • Shaking up stamp duty

    NSW brokers and real estate experts share their thoughts on buyers' newfound option to pay an annual property tax instead of stamp duty

  • Counting the cost of responsible lending by Melanie Mingas

    Following the shock ruling that saw ASIC’s responsible lending case dismissed by a judge, Australian Broker examines what the decision could mean for the future of expense verification and the ability of lenders to accurately predict serviceability

  • Property investment: the reality behind the numbers by Melanie Mingas

    Investor activity in the residential property market has taken multiple hits over recent years, the latest being a 3.4% decline in returns in FY18/19, compared with a rally of 11.4% on ASX investments. Australian Broker examines the situation and where the opportunities lie for brokers

  • Romancing the loan writers by Melanie Mingas

    The big four banks are moving on from royal commission - and asking brokers to come with them

  • The end of easy money by Melanie Mingas

    A new set of rules around credit cards could see thousands of consumers forced to consolidate their debts

  • Reacting to the royal commission by Melanie Mingas

    Brokers have their say on the royal commission's interim report

  • The challenger bank by Melanie Mingas

    The newly merged Finsure and Goldfields Money will provide lending solutions via broker distribution, but with a digital twist. Goldfields Money executive director and CEO Simon Lyons explains