Support for Businesses and Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Lockdowns

Aug 10, 2021 7:01:40 PM

On 28 July 2021, federal government, in conjunction with NSW and Victoria state governments, announced that it would be extending new support packages to businesses impacted by extended lockdowns. And more recently, South Australia and Queensland state governments have also offered support. If your business has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, read on to find a brief snapshot of the financial assistance or other types of relief you may be eligible for.

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Topics: Financial Health, Health and Wellbeing, COVID-19

How a Redraw Facility Works

Jul 21, 2021 2:51:07 PM

Getting a home loan with a redraw facility is a useful and flexible financial tool. Any extra funds you pay into your home loan, can be withdrawn when needed, to cover emergencies or pay for unplanned expenses. At the same time, those extra funds save you money too, as any extra repayments on your loan also lower how much interest you’re charged. To find out if a redraw would suit your home loan, here’s more on how a redraw facility works.

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Topics: Mortgage Broker, First Home Buyer, Home Loans

5 Things to Consider When Buying Your First Home

Jul 20, 2021 3:14:59 PM

Buying a first home is a significant milestone that takes commitment to saving, careful decision making, and considered planning. The biggest hurdle for most first home buyers? Saving a deposit. Depending on where you are in Australia, it can take as long as eight years to save enough, all the while chasing down rising house prices which means having to save even more! If you are ready to buy your first home, here are a few things to consider.

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Topics: Mortgage Broker, First Home Buyer, Home Loans

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Car

Jul 2, 2021 10:46:42 AM

Buying a car isn’t like buying an item of clothing! You can’t return it if you don’t like it. And unless there’s an actual fault, the seller has no obligation to refund you or to accept any liability if you’ve simply changed your mind. Because the car buying process is fraught with opportunity to make bad decisions and even lose money, it helps to know in advance what pitfalls you may face. Here are 5 mistakes to avoid when buying a car.

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Topics: Insurance, Mortgage Broker, Financial Health

3 Financial Rules of Thumb Worth Following

Jul 2, 2021 10:41:40 AM

Personal finance is full of rules of thumb about saving, spending, paying off debt, and budgeting. These well-known financial guidelines help us apply proven methods for saving, investing, buying a home and even planning for retirement. They can be useful shortcuts for making quick calculations and decisions about finance. In this article, we’ll look at 3 financial rules of thumb that we believe are worth incorporating into personal finance decisions.

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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Financial Health, COVID-19

Lending to SMSF’s and the Current Investment Property Market

Jun 22, 2021 5:05:20 PM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people began taking stock of their lives, re-evaluating their lifestyle and financial position, with particular attention to their superannuation and its investment potential. This focus, combined with factors like a resilient property market, poor returns on cash deposits, and tax advantages, have led to the growth of self-managed super funds (SMSF). In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the lending options available to SMSF’s as well as the current investment property market.

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Topics: Investment Property, Mortgage Broker, Home Loan Rates

How Lenders Set Variable Interest Rates

Jun 22, 2021 5:01:38 PM

With historically low interest rates, many Australian homeowners choose to structure part, or all, of their home loan on a variable interest rate. Fluctuations in the variable interest rate mean sometimes mortgage repayments are lower, while at other times a higher repayment is charged. If you’ve ever wondered why the variable interest rate differs from lender to lender, or even how variable interest rates are calculated, here’s a simple explanation.

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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Home Loan Rates

Parental Support – Borrowing Power

Jun 8, 2021 3:03:58 PM

Many people believe that low income earners – and those who rely on government benefits – are not eligible for home loans. But that’s not always the case. If your household income is supported by Family Tax Benefits (FTB) from Centrelink, the good news is, there are still lenders who will consider this type of home loan application.

The key to success is working with a mortgage broker who understands which lenders to approach. Read on to find out what you need to know about using non-standard income to access home loan lending.

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Topics: Mortgage Broker, First Home Buyer, Home Loan Rates

Airbnb Moves to a New Model

Jun 8, 2021 2:59:58 PM

Living through a pandemic has changed our view on many things. From wanting a better work life balance and more focus on health, wellness and exercise, to a greater desire to learn more and the need to connect online.

But it also changed how we live, with flexible working arrangements helping turn long-term dreams of escaping to the country into reality. Holiday rental giant, Airbnb, has responded by changing the way it works, while real estate agents across Australia are already reporting significant spikes in demand for properties in rural areas.

Here’s a closer look at how COVID-19 has changed the way we live.

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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Financial Health, COVID-19

Super Saver Scheme Increases

May 26, 2021 2:41:45 PM

Government-led housing initiatives have been updated in the Federal Government Budget, announced earlier this month. Along with the Family Home Guarantee, aimed at helping single parents buy a home with a two per cent deposit, the New Homes Guarantee program is being expanded, and the amount that first home buyers will be able to access under the First Home Super Saver Scheme is also increasing. Here’s more on each of these programs.

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Topics: Selling, Mortgage Broker, Financial Health