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In 1999, almost a third of all home owners with a mortgage were using their home to secure loans for purposes other than to buy or build their home. Owning the family home has long been a part of the Australian way of life and is still something that most Australians aspire to today. With 70% of households either buying or owning their home in 1999, Australia has one of the highest home ownership rates in the world (see Australian Social Trends 2001 , Housing experience through life-cycle stages ). While buying a home may be an Australian tradition, the conditions under which home buyers have been able to acquire and use housing ...
After the radio interview with Tony Delroy a few days ago, I’ve had an inordinate number of requests for information on social lending and microfinancing sites. Particularly Australian p2p banks. Remember a bank holds money that the community members have each – for example, salaries, or savings. Then the bank manager takes the community money and decides who to give loans to – back to a community member. Peer to peer loans (many members providing parts of one loan) simply disintermediates the aggregator/bank manager. Bypasses the middle man – the community members ... Read More
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