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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 26% of businesses that applied for finance over the past three months were knocked back. The figure was worse in the bush with…...
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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 Report. Indeed, more than 85% of us have unwanted items collecting dust around our homes that we could sell on second-hand trading platforms.…...
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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 than doubled in our capital cities across the country, new Domain data shows. So which two cities have seen the biggest increase in sellers offering…...
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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 your ongoing funding plans now to avoid being swept up in the tide. JobKeeper support is set to end for many businesses on September 27,…...
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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 federal government’s new HomeBuilder grants, with ACT the only government yet to provide an application form (however you can register online). Back up, what’s the…...
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Property ranked as the best investment option right now by experts.

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 other issues related to the state of the Australian economy. When asked: “Where do you think is the best place to invest your…...
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Property ranked as best investment option right now by experts.

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 other issues related to the state of the Australian economy. When asked: “Where do you think is the best place to invest your…...
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