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  • What’s the best day to auction your house?

    Drive or walk around your local suburb mid-morning on a Saturday and chances are you’ll pass a few freshly banged up ‘Auction’ signs. But is Saturday actually the best day to auction your home? New data suggests perhaps not. We all love a good auction story. You’ve probably got a mate or two whose favourite…

  • Need help paying your insurance and workers comp premiums this year?

    As if Australian business owners hadn’t faced enough challenges this past year – now the dreaded annual insurance and workers compensation premiums will soon arrive in mailboxes. Here’s how to smooth ‘em all out (and get an early bird discount!). If you’re a business owner, you know there’s no shortage of big bills you’ve got…

  • Green thumbs beware: one-third of veggie gardens contaminated with lead

    One of the most exciting things about moving into your own home is doing whatever you want with it, such as growing your own veggie patch. But did you know more than a third of Aussie backyards are contaminated with lead? Here’s how to get your soil tested for free. Gardening is a bit like…

  • How much extra will your mortgage cost when interest rates rise?

    After 18 straight RBA cash rate cuts it can be easy to dismiss the notion that interest rates might rise again. But if the cash rate returned to mid-2019 levels, how much extra would an average new mortgage holder expect to pay each month? Let’s take a look. They say what goes up, must come…

  • It’s on! First home loan deposit schemes open for applications

    If you’d like to buy your first home with just a 5% deposit and pay no lenders mortgage insurance (LMI), then you better act quick, as thousands of first home buyers are expected to rush to apply for the limited spots up for grabs. And if you’re a single parent with dependent children, a similar…

  • EOFY alert! Financial year end just days away

    Small business owners wanting to buy a vehicle, asset or important piece of equipment and immediately write off the cost only have a few days to act this financial year. Ah, deadlines: love ‘em or hate ‘em, they sure do get you moving. And with June 30 just days away, time is running out for…

  • Property price caps increased for first home loan deposit scheme

    First home buyers can now purchase more expensive properties under the federal government’s hugely popular 5% deposit, no LMI scheme. Single parents with dependent children are also welcoming the higher property price caps, which will apply to the federal government’s new Family Home Guarantee scheme, too. The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) allows eligible first home…

  • Size matters: how to get more bang for your buck on property sizes

    An increasing number of Australians are prioritising larger homes and bigger blocks in their house-hunting endeavours since the pandemic began. But where to look? Well, a new search tool helps you calculate which suburbs offer the best bang for your buck. ‘Give me a home among the gumtrees …’ There’s no denying that COVID-19 has…

  • Aussie businesses load up on light commercial vehicles

    Australian businesses have shifted things up a gear this year, with new asset finance figures revealing a 187% rise in light commercial vehicle purchases since January. The spike in business vehicle financing was driven by sales of all classes of vehicles, no doubt partly due to SMEs making the most of the federal government’s temporary full…

  • 33 suburbs where buyers still have the upper hand over sellers

    Most of Australia may be a seller’s market right now, but there are still a few dozen suburbs around the country where there’s more housing stock available than in previous years. Today we’ll check out which 33 suburbs are still offering plenty of options for buyers. One key factor that’s resulted in the current “seller’s…