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  • JobKeeper 2.0 is about to begin: here’s what you need to know

    Like most sequels, JobKeeper 2.0 won’t be as big a blockbuster as the original. But that’s not to say it won’t help many SMEs navigate the difficult times ahead. Today we’ll cover what you need to know about making the transition for your business. It’s hard to believe that JobKeeper 2.0 is due to begin…

  • House prices tipped to surge 15%, RBA hints at cash rate cut

    Strap yourself in: Australian house prices are tipped to experience a mild COVID-19 dip before surging 15% over the following two years, according to some of the nation’s top economists. And in more good news for homeowners, RBA Deputy Governor Guy Debelle has hinted at further reductions to interest rates, while not going into negative territory.…

  • Is now a good time to buy property? Two-thirds of investors say ‘yes’

    The majority of property investors are remaining upbeat despite COVID-19, with 67% believing now is a good time to invest in residential property, according to a new survey. The 2020 PIPA Property Investor Sentiment Survey gathered insights from nearly 1,100 property investors in August, with the key finding that the majority of property investors remain optimistic about…

  • Lenders begin contacting borrowers who have deferred loans

    If you’ve deferred your home or business loan then it’s likely your bank will reach out to you in the coming weeks. Here’s what to expect and what options are available to you. As the initial wave of six-month loan payment deferrals comes to an end, banks have started contacting customers to discuss the next…

  • R U OK? We’re here for you, and here’s how you can support others

    2020 hasn’t been an easy year for many Aussie households and businesses, which makes today an important one to check in on one another. COVID-19 and associated lockdowns have placed all sorts of new pressures on families and businesses across the country this year. In fact, more than 1.5 million Australians are currently suffering from mortgage…

  • 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…