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What’s the best day to auction your house?

Drive or walk around your local suburb mid-morning on a Saturday and chances are you’ll pass a few freshly banged up ‘Auction’ signs. But is Saturday actually the best day to auction your home? New data suggests perhaps not. We all love a good auction story. You’ve probably got a mate or two whose favourite dinner party story is the time they crushed all their competitors’ hopes and dreams with a final $10,000 sledgehammer bid. But for every tenacious bidder,…...
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EOFY alert! Financial year end just days away

Small business owners wanting to buy a vehicle, asset or important piece of equipment and immediately write off the cost only have a few days to act this financial year. Ah, deadlines: love ‘em or hate ‘em, they sure do get you moving. And with June 30 just days away, time is running out for your business to take advantage of the federal government’s temporary full expensing scheme this financial year. What is temporary full expensing? Temporary full expensing is…...
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Size matters: how to get more bang for your buck on property sizes

An increasing number of Australians are prioritising larger homes and bigger blocks in their house-hunting endeavours since the pandemic began. But where to look? Well, a new search tool helps you calculate which suburbs offer the best bang for your buck. ‘Give me a home among the gumtrees ...' There’s no denying that COVID-19 has resulted in a widespread shift in attitudes on how a family home can contribute to a better work/life balance. With flexible work arrangements becoming the…...
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4 in 5 hopeful buyers don’t understand key financial concepts

While most Australians dream of owning their own home, the majority of hopeful homeowners admit they don’t fully understand how home loans or mortgage rates work. That’s why we make it our mission to enlighten you during your home buying journey. They say knowledge is power. But this week we stumbled across some interesting stats from UBank's Know Your Numbers survey. It found that 84% of Australians who are yet to buy a property admit they don't know enough about…...
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“Tide turning on interest rates”: CBA hikes fixed rates

Australia’s biggest bank has hiked its three-year fixed rate for owner-occupiers in a further sign that “the tide is turning on interest rates”. So if you’ve been thinking about fixing your interest rate, it could be high time to do so. Now, we’re not normally ones to write articles about the interest rate movements of particular products with particular lenders. But we felt this one was significant given that the Commonwealth Bank (CBA) is the nation’s biggest home lender, with…...
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How long do you have to snap up a property in the current market?

You open up the real estate app on your phone, scroll through a few listings, and then there it is: the home of your dreams, ‘added 1 hour ago’. So just how long do you typically have to act in this hot market? Well, let’s just say it definitely helps to have spoken to us about pre-approval if you’re actively house-hunting right now. That’s because the average number of days properties are listed for sale on realestate.com.au reached record lows…...
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Fixed mortgage rates set to rise in coming months: experts

House prices could jump 17% in 2021 and mortgage rates are set to rise much sooner than expected, ANZ Bank has tipped. How much earlier than expected? Well, the Reserve Bank has repeatedly said the official cash rate isn’t likely to increase for a few years, but ANZ senior economist Felicity Emmett believes fixed-mortgage rates have already reached their lowest point, or close to it. In recent times, more than 30% of new loans have been at fixed rates, says…...
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Free new mental health support service for small business owners

Floods, fire and pandemic - it’s been an incredibly tough 15 months for many Australian businesses. And with government support about to end, looking after your mental health will be just as important as taking care of your business’s financial health. With the federal government’s COVID-19 JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme expiring on 28 March, experts are tipping as many as a quarter of a million jobs could be lost. When you also consider that rental eviction moratoriums are coming to…...
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7 ways to make your property more attractive to potential buyers

Did you know more than a third of Australian homeowners are considering putting their property up for sale so they can take advantage of the current boom in prices? Here’s how to get your property looking spick and span for prospective buyers. New data shows seller confidence is now higher than it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with 35% of homeowners considering selling by 2026, Westpac says. And 12% of homeowners are already in the process of putting their…...
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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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