Could Climate Change Impact House Prices In Australia?

May 23, 2022 2:37:52 PM

It’s not hard to imagine how far reaching the effects of global warming are on our natural environment. Just consider for a moment some of the recent extreme weather events here in Australia: from heat waves and droughts to flash flooding and bush fires, Australia has certainly experienced some of the worst. It’s hardly surprising then that environmental concerns are fast becoming a key factor for homebuyers in Australia, as they consider how to minimise the risk of climate change hazards.


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Topics: Financial Health, Health and Wellbeing, Home Loans

5 Tips To Help Cut Food Waste In Your Home

May 12, 2022 7:47:40 PM

Each year in Australia more than 5.3 million tonnes of edible food is wasted from households and the commercial sector. At the same time, millions of Australians experience food insecurity, many of those receiving much-needed food relief each month, according to the FoodBank Hunger Report. With a national target of halving food waste by 2030, the Federal Government is calling on all Australians to do their bit to cut food waste in the home. To help you get started, try these simple changes to habits from food rescue organisation, OzHarvest.


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Topics: Financial Health, Health and Wellbeing

Celebrating Success at Mortgage Express

Apr 19, 2022 9:06:10 PM

Depending on who you ask, success can mean a lot of different things. Reaching a sales target. Buying a first home. Travelling first class. Running your own business. For Kelly Podlich, Mortgage Express broker, success is completing a massive 360 km bike ride to raise money for two children’s charities, and being nominated in the annual MFAA Excellence Awards, as a finalist for the Community Champion Award.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Health and Wellbeing

The Challenge of Retaining and Attracting Quality Staff

Mar 22, 2022 2:14:45 PM

As the number of unfilled staffing positions continue to grow in the wake of “The Great Resignation”, across Australia, employers are scrambling to offer up “mega-perks” in a bid to retain existing employees and attract new talent. Everything from “heartbreak leave” and extended parental leave, to wellbeing allowances, free cookery classes and time off for life’s big events; businesses are having to get creative when it comes to enticing and holding onto staff. Here’s a closer look.


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

Rising Cost of Rentals Across Australia

Mar 21, 2022 3:42:32 PM

As Australia moves into a new way of life post-pandemic and lockdowns become a thing of the past, there’s one area of our lives that continues to be impacted by COVID-19: Housing. Post-pandemic, house prices have continued to rise across Australia, making it harder for first home buyers to enter the market. And rent costs haven’t escaped either, as both houses and units in capital cities and regional areas experience the highest growth rate in rent costs since 2007.


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

Is the “Great Resignation” expected to affect Australia?

Mar 4, 2022 4:49:48 PM

The “Great Resignation”: A term that evolved in late 2020 in response to the millions of US workers suffering pandemic-burnout, who began re-evaluating their work-life balance and quitting their jobs. As this phenomenon heads Downunder, with businesses emerging from economic hibernation already facing labour shortages across a range of industries, we take a closer look at how the pandemic has shifted priorities for workers, who now expect flexible working conditions, higher wages, and better work-life balance as the norm.


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

Ending The Year on a High Note

Dec 13, 2021 1:46:48 PM

As we approach the end of yet another challenging year, and plan to begin a new one, it’s important to acknowledge that none of us have come through the last two years without facing some emotional or mental hardship. With borders opening again, being able to reunite with loved ones, engage in new experiences, and make new and fun memories are things we have to look forward to. This festive season, take time off, have a break, refill your tank. Here’s what some of the team at Mortgage Express are planning.


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

How to Get Your “Green Box” in Order

Dec 13, 2021 1:44:08 PM

Most of us don’t like to think too much about death. Yet, it’s the most inevitable part of life. As such, it’s important we plan for end of life. We do this by writing a will, a legal document that outlines our instructions, legacies and bequests. Another way to plan ahead is to create a “Green Box” – a metaphorical storage box that contains all of the important financial documents, instructions, passwords and other vital information about your business and personal affairs.


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

Top Tips for Saving Money This Christmas

Dec 6, 2021 12:46:54 PM

After another year of COVID-19, lockdowns, social distancing and mask wearing, you’d be forgiven for wanting to splash out this year to spoil the family with a Christmas to remember. But a big Christmas could mean spending more than your budget, or going into debt to pay for it all. Begin the new year without the dread of debt hanging over your head, with these top tips for saving money this Christmas.


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Topics: Christmas, Health and Wellbeing

Switch Off to Reconnect This Christmas, With a Digital Detox

Dec 6, 2021 12:41:14 PM

Too often the scenario around many dinner tables goes something like this: everyone with a phone in one hand and a fork in the other, totally focused on screens, largely ignoring what’s going on around us. This Christmas, why not commit to doing a digital detox instead? Ditch the phone, ignore the emails, turn off the notifications, and discover how to reconnect with loved ones and create festive memories. Here are four ways to do just that.


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Topics: Christmas, Health and Wellbeing