Winners in This Year’s Budget: Single Parents

May 26, 2021 12:41:08 PM

In this year’s Federal Budget, single parents who may be struggling to get onto the property ladder, received a helping hand from Government, with the introduction of the Family Home Guarantee. Designed to help single income earners with dependents buy a home with just two per cent deposit, the scheme kicks off on 1 July 2021, but with limited places. Read on to find out more.


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Topics: Selling, Mortgage Broker, Financial Health

Two Tax Changes That Positively Impact Businesses

May 18, 2021 3:26:14 PM

A new scheme introduced in Federal Government’s 2020/2021 Budget aims to lift the claim limit on depreciating assets for business owners, and incentivise expenditure in small businesses, while an increase in threshold for Instant Asset Write-Offs offers more businesses opportunity to claim deductions in this tax year. Read on to find out more about how these changes may impact your business and where to go for more information.


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Bank of Mum and Dad: Ninth Largest Lender

May 17, 2021 3:23:25 PM

As house prices across Australia continue to soar, more first home buyers are getting financial support from their parents. So much so that the Bank of Mum and Dad has been named the ninth largest mortgage lender in Australia. And with average financial contributions at just under $90,000, the amounts parents are contributing are not insignificant.


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3 Tips to Help You Prepare for Tax Time 2021

Apr 21, 2021 6:07:53 PM

With financial year end not far off, it’s a good time to start thinking about preparing your tax. There are a few things you can do ahead of June 30 to help you get ready for tax time 2021. Things like organizing your paperwork, prepaying any expenses in this financial year, and setting a budget for the new financial year.


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Topics: Mortgage Broker, Financial Health

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

Should You Use Your Builder’s Broker?

Apr 9, 2021 12:43:31 PM

Building a new home is a complex project and there are many decisions to be made before the project even begins. From the style of architecture, to the floor plan and layout; bathroom and kitchen fixtures and fittings; right through to flooring, paint, countertops and cupboard handles. But the most important – and usually the first – decision that needs to be made when building a new home is who to go for financing. Should you use your builder’s broker or work with your own broker?


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Topics: Selling, Mortgage Broker, Home Loans

Lending Options for Non-Resident Property Investors in Australia

Mar 18, 2021 7:24:58 AM

Normally, each year thousands of Australian expats, foreign nationals and temporary residents plan to buy property in Australia. 2020 saw a lot of Australians wanting to return home and, whilst foreign migration numbers were largely affected by our closed borders, Australia which is viewed as a safe country that handled COVID-19 well, is now expecting to see the large numbers return when our international borders reopen.

Whilst lending policy for non-resident home loans differs from bank to bank, a number of non-bank lenders also offer competitive financial products suitable for non-residents who want to purchase, build, renovate, improve or refinance a residential property. Read on to find out more about non-residents buying property in Australia.


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Holiday Time: Where Do You Plan to Go This Year?

Mar 17, 2021 7:19:37 AM

With international travel closed right now – and potentially for a good part of this year – Australians are turning to local and regional travel this holiday season. Not only is it a fantastic way to see our beautiful country, it’s also an opportunity to support local, those businesses that may be struggling because of the economic impact of COVID-19. We asked some of the Mortgage Express brokers to tell us about their holiday plans, and we hope you feel inspired to get out and explore your own backyard too!


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Topics: Selling, Mortgage Broker, Health and Wellbeing

Buy Now, Pay Later Could Harm Your Credit Profile

Mar 13, 2021 11:23:02 AM

The number of Australian consumers using buy now, pay later platforms has nearly doubled in a year, according to a review undertaken by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). But with one in five consumers struggling to make repayments, there is a growing concern about vulnerable consumers facing financial hardship as a result of taking on too much debt. Consumer advocates are now calling for more regulation around this type of credit.


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Get Auction Ready With These 5 Tips

Mar 12, 2021 11:18:35 AM

Property auctions can be a good way to buy your next home or investment property, provided you know what you’re doing. Unlike a private sale where buyers can add conditions to a contract – like a finance or building inspection condition – when it comes to auctions, buyers have to do their due diligence before they even bid. If you are planning to bid at an auction, it’s important you’re prepared. Check out these 5 tips to get auction ready.


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Topics: Selling, Mortgage Broker, Home Loans