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Loyalty Tax – Is Your Bank Charging You?

‘Loyalty Tax’ is a hidden cost that mortgage holders who are blindly loyal to their bank could be paying, without even knowing it. This misguided loyalty could be costing borrowers tens of thousands of dollars by needlessly accepting higher interest rates on their home loans, says a Queensland finance broker. CGIO Finance Owner Cara Giovinazzo said long-term home loan customers

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Tread Carefully with Interest Free Credit Cards

Consumers considering the new interest free credit cards launched by the National Australia Bank (NAB) and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) need to tread carefully and do some research, says a Queensland finance broker. CGIO Finance Owner Cara Giovinazzo warned consumers should “not be fooled” by the term interest free as the “true” interest rate as a result of

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Don’t be Bullied by Banks on Repayments

Mortgage holders preparing for the end of COVID-19 induced repayment holidays should not cave into pressure or bullying from banks if they cannot currently afford to resume paying off their home loans, says a Queensland broker. CGIO Finance Owner Cara Giovinazzo said along with the federal government’s JobKeeper scheme, the six-month mortgage holidays which have frozen almost $200 billion of

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Buyer Beware with HomeBuilder

Prospective home buyers eager to get into the market to take advantage of generous government incentives headed by the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant need to be cautious to avoid falling into a poor investment trap, says a Queensland broker. CGIO Finance Owner Cara Giovinazzo said even though the HomeBuilder grant boosts the construction sector and enables people to achieve their home

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Broker launches mentorship program

A Queensland broker has launched a mentorship program for young women looking to enter the financial services sector, both as an acknowledgement of the additional roadblocks female industry entrants may encounter, as well as an homage to the assistance she herself received when starting her career. Brisbane-based finance broker Cara Giovinazzo started the program at CGIO Finance, with Maddy Watt the

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Cara Giovinazzo offers mentorship program for female brokers

Despite doing home lending for almost ten years, Cara Giovinazzo still faces a level of gender bias from new clients. The owner and senior finance broker of CGIO says it can feel intimidating for young women to enter a male-dominated industry – something she is now working to change. MPA spoke with the Brisbane broker about the biggest challenge female brokers

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OGMQ3T0

Loyalty Tax – Is Your Bank Charging You?

‘Loyalty Tax’ is a hidden cost that mortgage holders who are blindly loyal to their bank could be paying, without even knowing it. This misguided loyalty could be costing borrowers tens of thousands of dollars by needlessly accepting higher interest rates on their home loans, says a Queensland finance broker. CGIO Finance Owner Cara Giovinazzo said long-term home loan customers

Read More »
a picture showing first time buyer schemes

Tread Carefully with Interest Free Credit Cards

Consumers considering the new interest free credit cards launched by the National Australia Bank (NAB) and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) need to tread carefully and do some research, says a Queensland finance broker. CGIO Finance Owner Cara Giovinazzo warned consumers should “not be fooled” by the term interest free as the “true” interest rate as a result of

Read More »
a picture showing government first time buyer

Don’t be Bullied by Banks on Repayments

Mortgage holders preparing for the end of COVID-19 induced repayment holidays should not cave into pressure or bullying from banks if they cannot currently afford to resume paying off their home loans, says a Queensland broker. CGIO Finance Owner Cara Giovinazzo said along with the federal government’s JobKeeper scheme, the six-month mortgage holidays which have frozen almost $200 billion of

Read More »
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Buyer Beware with HomeBuilder

Prospective home buyers eager to get into the market to take advantage of generous government incentives headed by the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant need to be cautious to avoid falling into a poor investment trap, says a Queensland broker. CGIO Finance Owner Cara Giovinazzo said even though the HomeBuilder grant boosts the construction sector and enables people to achieve their home

Read More »
446

Broker launches mentorship program

A Queensland broker has launched a mentorship program for young women looking to enter the financial services sector, both as an acknowledgement of the additional roadblocks female industry entrants may encounter, as well as an homage to the assistance she herself received when starting her career. Brisbane-based finance broker Cara Giovinazzo started the program at CGIO Finance, with Maddy Watt the

Read More »
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Cara Giovinazzo offers mentorship program for female brokers

Despite doing home lending for almost ten years, Cara Giovinazzo still faces a level of gender bias from new clients. The owner and senior finance broker of CGIO says it can feel intimidating for young women to enter a male-dominated industry – something she is now working to change. MPA spoke with the Brisbane broker about the biggest challenge female brokers

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