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SME credit demand improves, lenders begin next phase of COVID-19 support

Things are starting to look better for small business owners across the country with just 5% of deferred business loans yet to resume repayments. Meanwhile, there are signs that business credit demand is improving, especially when it comes to asset finance. The first bit of data comes from the Australian Banking Association (ABA), which shows just 11,263 business loans across the country are yet to resume repayments. That’s a huge drop from the height of the pandemic back in June…...
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Tick tock – is time running out for first home buyers?

The first home buyer market had a bumper year in 2020 due to modest declines in property prices, reduced investor activity, and a range of government incentives. But with those advantages tailing off, how will first home buyers compete in 2021? Another week, another big bank tipping national property prices are set to boom. This week it was Westpac’s turn, with their senior economist tipping property prices to increase 10% in 2021 and another 10% in 2022. This follows AMP…...
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“On the cusp of a boom”: CBA’s assessment of the housing market

Australia’s housing market is on the “cusp of a boom”, with house prices set to leap 16% over the next two years, according to the Commonwealth Bank (CBA). The head of economics at Australia’s biggest bank, Gareth Aird, predicts national house prices will surge 9% in 2021 and a further 7% in 2022. Apartment prices meanwhile are predicted to rise 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022. "The negative impact that COVID-19 had on Australian property prices turned out to…...
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Digital transformation: how does your business compare?

How well placed is your retail business when it comes to its digital transformation? Today we’ll look at some of the ways your competitors might be complementing their bricks and mortar stores with online empires. For some retailers, COVID-19 was the death knell for their business. For others, it gave a much-needed nudge to supplement in-store sales with thriving online hubs. So how well did you transform your business compared to your competitors in 2020? Well, Retail Express conducted a…...
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Back up for grabs: 1800 first home buyer scheme spots reissued

Great news just in for first home buyers: the Australian government will reissue 1800 First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS) spots from the 2019-20 financial year.  The 1800 spots are back up for grabs because people who previously reserved a spot in the Australian government scheme were unable to complete the purchase of their first home. Their loss can be your gain! The FHLDS allows eligible first home buyers to break into the property market sooner, as you only need…...
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Record-breaking: 5 big property trends in 2021

After a bumpy 2020, 2021 is already rewriting the record books. From property prices, to interest rates, to refinancing - no matter which way you look records are being broken. Today we’ll look at why property market sentiment is riding so high. How quickly things can turn around. It wasn’t too long ago (9-10 months, to be more precise) that many highly-regarded economists were predicting property prices could plummet 30% due to COVID-19. Instead, now we’re seeing official RBA documents…...
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CoreLogic’s Home Value Index in 2021 shows Australian housing values reached a new record high in January.

Housing values continued to rise through the first month of 2021 with CoreLogic’s national home value index up 0.9% over the month. The January movement takes Australian home values to a fresh record high.Housing values have surpassed pre-COVID levels by 1.0%, and the index is 0.7% higher than the previous September 2017 peak. Every capital city and broad rest-of-state region recorded a rise in housing values over the month, ranging from a 2.3% surge across Darwin to a relatively mild 0.4% rise in Sydney and…...
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