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COVID-19 repayment amnesty over: how to avoid a bad credit rating

The COVID-19 loan deferral program and credit reporting amnesty is now over, which means banks will report any late repayments on mortgage or small business loans to credit agencies unless you’ve entered into a hardship arrangement. The banks’ mortgage deferral program and subsequent credit score reporting amnesty officially ended on April 1. The package was created during the peak of COVID-19 to provide loan repayment relief for almost one million home and business loan borrowers facing financial hardship. Luckily, many…...
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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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How did your suburb fare during the COVID-19 crisis?

When coronavirus broke out across Australia, doomsday reports tipped the property market could fall as far as 30% across the country. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. Here’s how to find out how your suburb actually fared. A realestate.com.au analysis shows that property prices actually grew in most Australian suburbs throughout 2020. Yep, that’s right. Despite prolonged lockdowns in some parts of the country (especially Melbourne), most suburbs experienced year-on-year growth in 2020. Go and have a look for yourself using…...
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House prices projected to jump 30% in three years: RBA

It’s the document that was never meant to see the light of day. But a Freedom of Information request reveals the Reserve Bank of Australia projects a 30% increase in house prices if interest rates remain low for the next few years. The internal, not-meant-for-public-viewing analysis by the RBA looks at the impact of low interest rates on asset prices, including property. The November 2020 document projects that housing prices could increase by 30% after about three years, so long…...
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Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Listings to pick up soon

While you were kicking your feet up over the festive season, did you flick open your phone and scroll through real estate listings in your dream location? If so, you might’ve noticed there were fewer properties listed for sale than usual. Here’s why. If you couldn’t find exactly what you were looking for, don’t stress - it’s actually much harder to find ‘the one’ at this time of year. That’s because property listings traditionally drop in December, with 2020 no…...
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New year, new you: 3 quick and easy finance resolutions

Whenever we think of New Year’s resolutions, the first thing that comes to mind is a health kick. But here are three (easy) New Year’s resolutions that’ll help improve your financial wellbeing in 2021. Below we’ll run you through three straightforward, and most importantly, achievable New Year’s resolutions to set yourself this year (and not a diet or boot camp in sight!). 1. Get a home loan health check Quick question (no judgement): do you know the interest rate on…...
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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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Love thy neighbour: how to protect your home these summer holidays

How comfortable do you feel leaving your home unattended when you go on holidays? Turns out that those who know their neighbours best have more peace of mind. Remember The Wet Bandits from Home Alone? It was their modus operandi to case out families going on holidays before robbing their homes over Christmas. When you consider that insurer QBE sees up to 15% more theft claims over the summer holiday period than any other time of year, it was a…...
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