Vidya Kathirgamalingam

Vidya Kathirgamalingam

Vidya Kathirgamalingam is a digital content producer and is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and Bachelor of Laws at UTS. In the past she has interned at publications such as NewsCorp and worked at companies such as AMP, and enjoys using her prior experience to produce news stories for eChoice. When she’s not writing articles for eChoice, she loves travelling, journaling and volunteering. Note: This author no longer writes for Finconnect - eChoice or any affiliate companies.
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Second COVID-19 outbreak pauses home loan market

Housing loan commitments rose by 6.2% in June, suggesting signs of market recovery after the drop seen in previous months.

News

ABA makes temporary changes to the Banking Code of Practice

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) has made temporary changes to the Banking Code of Practice in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Lifestyle

What’s new at IKEA?

One for all your interior design fiends: the new, brilliant and bold products of IKEA to brighten up your days of self isolation.

Property

30-ways to boost the value of your property

A little effort 'here and there' can do wonders when boosting the value of your property. Here are some ideas to get you started!

Property

An Update on Aussie Property Insights

Australia has seen a range of social and economic changes in the past week, but what do these changes mean for investors and those thinking of refinancing?

Property

Life after Hayne – The Banks and Technology

Two and a half years on from the royal commission and the banks are still working to regain the trust of their customers, but have they been successful?

Refinancing

Refinancing for a renovation

Been inspired by the reno's on reality-TV and want to give it a go for yourself? Refinancing to renovate can give you the funds necessary to get started.

Property

What to expect when being a landlord

To save yourself the time and the money of a tricky dispute, we've summarised the pros, cons and responibilities you will have to fulfill when taking on the role of a landlord.

Lifestyle

What makes you a great flatmate?

To save yourself the time and the money of a tricky dispute, we've summarised the pros, cons and responibilities you will have to fulfill when taking on the role of a landlord.

News

RBA makes emergency rate cut in response to coronavirus crisis

The RBA has announced that it will slash the cash rate to a record low of 0.25% amidst fears of an impending recession.

Property

What are Sydney’s cheapest suburbs for rent?

Sick of leaving auctions disappointed? New data released by CoreLogic has revealed that you could be able to score your dream property by opting to rent.

News

International Women’s Day – Do we need more female brokers?

In light of International Women's Day, the achievements of women are being celebrated globally. But is greater inclusion required in the broking industry?

Lifestyle

Declutter your ‘digital’ space

Just like a messy house or a dish full of dishes can derail productivity, a disorganised digital space can be an everyday burden. Declutter today.

Lifestyle

How to Host Your Own Wine Tasting at Home

It's the perfect season for a wine-tasting party. While it's easy to think that you're expected to be a sophisticated food connoisseur in order to be the host, this couldn't be further from the truth....

Lifestyle

2020 Paint Colour Trends to make a splash

Got a space in dire need of an up-do but don't know where to start? We've got all your inspo needs covered. Here are the Dulux paint colour trends for 2020.

News

RBA declares lender loyalty doesn’t pay off

Despite what you may think, lender loyalty doesn't necessarily lead to better deals. In fact, RBA Governor Phillip Lowe is encouraging existing borrowers to 'shop around'.

Money

Keep track of your credit when shopping online

While it's now difficult to imagine a life without online shopping, it has made it decidedly harder to keep track of credit. Between scams and the impulsive ease of 'add to basket', we divulge some st...

Lifestyle

How to make the most of your commute

For the average worker, the daily commute can take up an average of 4.5 hours/week. While it can be frustrating, this isn't necessarily wasted time - or at least it doesn't have to be.

Buying and Selling

Understanding the Contract of Sale when purchasing a property

Not all of us have a law background, so to save you the stress and confusion, here's everything you need to know *before* signing your Contract of Sale.

Lifestyle

Revamp your home using mirrors

Feel like refreshing that dank room in your home for the New Year but have no idea where to begin? The solution to your problem could be as simple as a mirror.

Money

What to do with your savings when interest rates are low

Using your savings appropriately has never been more important, and here are some actions you can take if you want to start acting wisely.

Property Investment

Where to invest after paying off your mortgage

Finally, you've paid off that mortgage! But when the champagne's done and the news has sunk in, how do you invest all those extra savings? Read on.

Money

Can I use my super to pay off my mortgage?

Data suggests that many Australians believe they won't have enough to retire on and that their level of debt is too high. As a result, many are using their superannuation to pay off their family home,...

Property

Questions to ask before buying an apartment

With apartment developers coming under fire for structural defects, here are some things to look out for when buying an apartment.

Money

Should I be Worried About Bank Fees?

Bank fees sneak up on us sometimes. According to the RBA, last year banks scored $12,984 million in income from bank fees alone. Here's how to avoid them.

Property

Best waterside property bargains for investors

Investing in waterside property doesn't have to be expensive. Take the 'plunge' and invest in the waterside home of your dreams with these bargain buys!

Buying Again

Can you trust your property’s valuation?

Property valuations can help to gauge how much a property's worth, but they're not always accurate. Here's why.

Lifestyle

How much to spend on presents for special occasions

Whether you're the type who unnecessarily splurges or cheaps out, never get the wrong present again! Your guide to matching the gift to the occasion.

Lifestyle

How to childproof your home

Children get into mischief and accidents happen. Follow these 8 simple tips to childproof your home and keep the kids safe from themselves!

Lifestyle

How to Store your Winter Woollies