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  • 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…

  • How to smooth out your business’s insurance and workers comp premiums

    Getting a bill in the mail is never pleasant, but your annual insurance and workers compensation premiums can be particularly tough lump sums to swallow. There is, however, an affordable financing option that can limit the impact on your business’s cash flow. Let’s take a look. Most businesses have expensive annual insurance premiums to pay,…

  • $1 lenders mortgage insurance for eligible first home buyers

    You’ve probably heard something along the lines of ‘you need a 20% deposit to buy a home’, right? Well, not necessarily. Today we’ll look at two options available to eligible first home buyers, including a $1 lenders mortgage insurance offer that’s just been launched. Now, to be fair, that 20% deposit figure quoted by your…

  • Loan deferrals to be extended for customers who need extra breathing space

    Home and business owners struggling financially due to COVID-19 will be given another four months to resume paying back their loans.

  • Want to buy your first home with a 5% deposit and save up to $10,000?

    On your marks, get set, go! The race is on for limited spots in the federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, which kicked off again on July 1. The scheme allows eligible first home buyers with only a 5% deposit to purchase a property without paying for lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) – which can…