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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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Happy New Year! Here’s to a prosperous 2021!

Well, that was a year for the history books. Time to start looking forward, we reckon! And the good news is 2021 offers plenty of promise. So what’s your New Year’s resolution? While we saw the national housing market dip throughout the middle of 2020, it's already started to recover, and many experts predict it'll rebound even stronger in 2021 as the COVID-19 vaccination is rolled out across the country. With that optimistic outlook in mind, now’s a great time…...
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Responsible lending laws to be axed: what that means for you

You might have recently heard that ‘responsible lending laws’ are set to be scrapped early next year. Rest assured though that you'll still be able to borrow responsibly. Let us explain how. The planned scrapping of the responsible lending laws is the federal government’s latest key initiative to boost economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession. Now, the federal government (and the banks) say it will simplify the regulatory landscape and free up access to credit for home buyers and small…...
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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 next week. But it’s actually been half a year (or 13 fortnightly payments) since the scheme was first launched, over which time around 42% of…...
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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. Both NAB and Westpac economists have been quick to jump on board the rate cut hype train, predicting the RBA could cut the cash…...
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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 step, which could include further support, assistance or deferral. Of the more than 900,000 loans which have been deferred during the pandemic, at least 450,000…...
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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 only just been published. Basically, it’s a government scheme that allows eligible first home buyers with only a 5% deposit to purchase a property without…...
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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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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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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. Extended loan deferrals will be provided to those who genuinely need more than the current six-month timeframe, says the Australian Banking Association (ABA), however, extensions won’t be automatic. While each bank’s deferral policy differs, it’s important to note that deferring repayments on your loan generally doesn’t stop interest from accruing. As such, customers who are able to repay their…...
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