About the author

Bernadette is a journalist with years of experience covering topics in macroeconomics, real estate, and lifestyle beats for notable print media organisations. She joined the InfoChoice Group in 2024, bringing her passion for writing stories that help Australians make better decisions about money.


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Mortgage lenders teeter on rate hikes and cuts

It has been another week of home loan lenders teeter-tottering between hiking and cutting rates, leaving borrowers ...

17 hour(s) ago
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Home values pick up speed in February as market outlook improves

The positive shift in market conditions is driving Australia’s property prices up, with another 0.6% gain pos...

Yesterday
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Rising interest rates put a strain on mortgage borrowers

Increased interest payments drove more Aussies to take on home loans in January, a report revealed.

3 day(s) ago
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Regional property market heats up as demand in capital cities cools down

House prices in regional Australia have accelerated faster than in capital cities with two coastal towns posting th...

4 day(s) ago
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Home loan rates continue to trend lower amid rate cut call

ING and AMP Bank led other mortgage lenders in dropping the interest rates on their home loan products this week. <...

23 Feb 2024
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Riding the term deposit rate rollercoaster: Several cuts, a few hikes

In what could be a reflection of the Reserve Bank’s neutral stance on the cash rate, term deposit products ha...

23 Feb 2024
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Time to save for deposit shortens for first home buyers

The path to a first home is a long one, but new data shows saving for a deposit is now a few months quicker on acco...

22 Feb 2024
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Wages growth accelerates faster than inflation over 2023

Wages growth in Australia outpaced the annual rate of inflation in 2023, the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed.

21 Feb 2024
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Renters turn to shared housing to overcome supply hurdles

More and more renters are turning to alternative living setups as they grapple with the ongoing housing supply chal...

21 Feb 2024
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Australian Competition Tribunal green lights ANZ’s buyout of Suncorp bank unit

ANZ Group’s $4.9 billion acquisition of Suncorp’s banking arm was authorised by the Australian Competition Tribunal, overturning the decision of ...

20 Feb 2024
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Mortgage rates slide down in anticipation of earlier-than-expected RBA cut

Several lenders continue to drop interest rates on their home loan products amid the release of more data reinforci...

16 Feb 2024
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Unemployment rate hits a two-year high in January

Australia’s unemployment rate hit a two-year high as it climbed 4.1% on a seasonally adjusted basis, the late...

15 Feb 2024