3 Lessons we Learnt From COVID-19

Apr 21, 2021 9:42:53 AM

Over the past year and a bit, our lives have changed irrevocably. Dealing with a pandemic – and the resulting economic and social fallout – has dominated much of our energy and attention. But importantly, the lessons we’ve learnt over the time spent in lockdown and during the pandemic could pay off for years to come. We asked three Mortgage Express brokers to share some of their learnings. Here’s what they said.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Health and Wellbeing, COVID-19

Flood Relief For Those in Need

Apr 12, 2021 12:30:08 PM

In late March 2021, parts of New South Wales experienced the worst flooding in over 50 years, with record levels of rainfall. A number of communities were evacuated, displacing families from several towns and suburbs across the state. In response, lenders and government have rolled out financial support measures for businesses and households affected by flooding. Here’s a brief snapshot of flood relief packages and how to access them.


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Topics: Health and Wellbeing, COVID-19

Changes to Stamp Duty

Nov 30, 2020 10:49:11 AM

To help more Australians into their own home, the Victorian government recently announced investment that will fund a stamp duty concession of up to 50 per cent for residential property contracts from 25 November 2020 until 30 June 2021. In New South Wales, a proposal to change stamp duty was included in the budget, designed to help stimulate the economy after the COVID-19 recession. Read on to find out what these changes are and how they could impact home buyers in these regions.


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Topics: First Home Buyer, COVID-19, Buying and Selling Property

Is Australia on The Road to Economic Recovery?

Nov 17, 2020 12:45:19 PM

Despite a lengthy lockdown in Victoria and the ongoing battle against COVID, all signs are pointing towards a more positive economic outcome than previously anticipated. Mortgage deferrals are down as more homeowners return to repaying their mortgage, unemployment in certain regions appears to be recovering to pre-COVID levels, and a new report has highlighted opportunities that some industries could capitalise on in the years to come.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Financial Health, COVID-19

5 Things to Consider When Preparing a Will

Oct 20, 2020 10:48:22 AM

Most people don’t like to think about making a Will or what will happen when they pass. But an effective Will is an important legal document that needs serious consideration. Without a Will, your assets will be distributed according to state law, which may not be in line with your wishes. So that you understand the importance of a Will and how to write one, take a look at these 5 things to consider when preparing a Will.


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

What Budget 20–21 Means For You

Oct 19, 2020 10:51:55 AM

Earlier this month, the Federal Government handed down the 2020/2021 budget, which outlined a range of measures designed to get the economy moving again post-COVID-19. Amongst those measures announced were new write-offs for businesses and an additional 10,000 places in the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, good news for many Australians. Below are some of the key measures of the 20-21 budget and what these might mean for you.


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

Protect Yourself From Cyber-Attacks

Oct 7, 2020 11:22:49 AM

A surge in cyber-attacks, particularly in the financial sector, has been attributed to the recent shift to remote working and digital banking in response to the COVID-19 crisis. While most financial institutions have developed “good cyber risk awareness and mitigation measures”, it’s a timely reminder for anyone accessing online services just how important it is to be aware of cyber-safety. Here’s how you can protect yourself from cyber-attacks.


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

Lessons Learned in Lockdown: Christine Penford

Sep 21, 2020 11:24:47 AM

Living through a pandemic has changed most of us. From the way we work, to the way we communicate with those around us, to the things we used to do but can no longer do. Following on from last month’s article, which drew inspiration from Gilbert Enoka, this month Vicky Devine caught up with Christine Penford, top 10 Mortgage Express Finance Consultant for 2020. Christine shared her learnings from lockdown and we recorded an account of Vicky’s questions and Christine’s responses.


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Topics: COVID-19, Buying and Selling Property, Home Loans

What Would Happen if Australia Had Negative Interest Rates?

Sep 14, 2020 11:20:00 AM

Negative interest rates are already being used in countries like Switzerland, Denmark and Japan, and there’s been some talk about a similar strategy here in Australia. A potential solution to stimulate an economy floundering in the wake of COVID-19, negative interest rates would make borrowing money much cheaper, but saving money more expensive, the opposite of what we have right now. As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, we asked the question, what would happen if Australia had negative interest rates?


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Topics: COVID-19, Buying and Selling Property, Home Loans

It’s Spring: 4 Reasons Why We Feel So Good Now

Sep 7, 2020 1:36:29 PM

If you’re feeling an extra spring in your step, you’re not alone! Longer, warmer, sunnier days – with a promise of summer – bring an extra bit of cheer, and a feeling of happiness and hopefulness to most of us. Scientists tell us that the start of spring can radically improve your mood and that “spring fever” is not as crazy as it sounds. Not convinced? Take a look at these 4 reasons why you might be feeling so good now.


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Topics: Health and Wellbeing, COVID-19