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  • How to enter the property market with a $15,000 to $30,000 deposit

    First home buyers are now breaking into the property market more than four years faster than they typically would thanks to a little-known government scheme. Today we’ll discuss how.  Ever heard of the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme? If not, don’t stress, it only launched this year and the first six months of data has…

  • More than a quarter of SME businesses knocked back for finance

    As if small and medium-sized businesses weren’t already facing an uphill battle this year; now it turns out that more than a quarter were knocked back when they applied for finance in recent months. Here’s how we can help. The latest Sensis Business Index – which surveyed 1,015 businesses in the first week of August – shows…

  • There’s a good chance you have a lazy $6k lying around your home

    Whether you’re looking for extra cash to purchase a property, or could do with a few thousand dollars to pay off your existing mortgage, the average Aussie household could make nearly $6,000 from selling their pre-loved items. Turns out we’re a bunch of hoarders that’d make the Kerrigans blush, according to the 2020 Gumtree Second Hand Economy…

  • Where you’re most likely to score a $50,000 discount on property right now

    Home sellers across the country are lowering their price expectations in droves, new data reveals. But which two capital cities have seen the highest percentage of sellers discount their asking price? Here’s an exciting stat for all you property bargain hunters out there: the percentage of sellers dropping their asking price during COVID-19 has more…

  • 3 questions SME owners should ask themselves before JobKeeper 2.0

    JobKeeper is due for a big shake-up next month, which means if you’ve been relying on it to get your business through these rocky times, you need to start planning ahead now. With the small business ombudsman and many economists concerned about an “insolvency tsunami” hitting small businesses, it’s critical that you start thinking about…

  • Applications now open for $25,000 HomeBuilder grant in all states

    It’s been two months since HomeBuilder was first announced, and I’m sure many of us spent a bit of that time dreaming about an extra $25,000 to spend on a reno or new home. The good news is grant applications are now officially open. All states have now opened application channels (see below) for the…

  • Property ranked as ‘best investment option right now’ by experts: survey

    You’ve heard the saying ‘safe as houses’, right? Well, it seems that old adage may ring true even in the current pandemic, with many of the nation’s top economic experts saying that’s where they’d put their money right now. A Finder survey asked 28 leading experts and economists to weigh in on future cash rate moves and…

  • Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme is being expanded

    If you’re a small or medium-sized business owner in need of an affordable loan then we’ve got good news: the federal government is expanding the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme to allow businesses to borrow more and for a wider range of purposes. The scheme, which is in phase one until September 30, allows lenders to…

  • The top ten Australian suburbs to buy in post-COVID-19

    We’re all looking forward to things eventually getting back to normal, or at least the “new normal”. And while it’s not clear exactly what the “new normal” will look like in the property world, there are some promising early signs.  For instance, you might have seen that interest rates are pressing down towards 2% (and,…

  • Homeowners refinancing in record-high numbers: explore your options

    Homeowners in record-high numbers are taking advantage of reduced interest rates and competitive refinancing offers. Are you ready to take the leap?  When times are tough, the belt gets tightened. And we’ve seen that play out across the country in a big way recently, with the number of Australian families who refinanced their mortgage in…