Realty Talk: Beware of the banks’ ‘Golden Handcuffs’ + who needs to be impressed

On this week’s episode of Realty Talk (formerly Real Estate Talk) Bushy Martin and his property experts talk about key aspects of auctions for buyers. 

When auction clearance rates consistently remain near 80% it means there are more buyers than sellers in the market and this eventually leads to higher property prices, and that’s clearly what’s happening.  With an excess of 2,000 properties being auctioned every week in Australia and given the strong ongoing interest in auctions, it’s worth revisiting key aspects of auctions for buyers.

Bushy Martin does exactly that in today’s episode featuring buyer’s agent and builder broker, Rob Newman of Blackfords Urban Habitats.

Did you know that over 60% of all new home loans in Australia are now facilitated by mortgage brokers? The growth is so strong that ASIC has moved to put in place a process called Best Interests Duty as a guide for brokers and protection for consumers. So, what if anything has changed since it came into force on January 1 this year? You will find out in this episode when Bushy talks to Jason Back from Broker Essentials.

Bushy also talks about a worrying trend that has emerged where the banks are contacting borrowers introduced by a broker and offering enticing locked-in 4-to-5-year fixed-rate loans.  Bushy calls them golden handcuffs and for good reason.

Also joining Bushy on the show is Bryce Holdaway, well known for his TV appearances in Location, Location, Location Australia, Escape to the Country and Relocation, Relocation Australia, and co-host of The Property Couch with Ben Kingsley. 

Find out more and subscribe to Australia’s top online property show Realty Talk (formerly Real Estate Talk) and realty.com.au.

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