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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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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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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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Season’s Greetings! Bring on 2021!

To all our wonderful clients: this has been a year like no other, so we can only hope that you’re treated to a relaxing time with family and friends this festive season. We want to say a huge thank you for your support over these past twelve months. It’s fair to say it’s been an incredibly challenging year for households and businesses alike. That said, it’s been an absolute pleasure and an honour working with you towards your lifestyle and…...
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How well do you know your finance jargon? Take our quiz!

The finance industry has a bunch of acronyms and abbreviations that can make the home buying process a little confusing. But they’re not as difficult to understand as you might think. Take our short quiz to see how many you can answer! Below we’ve listed eight commonly used acronyms and abbreviations in the mortgage and finance industry. So grab a pen and some paper and test out that noggin of yours! Quiz time We’ll give you one point for each…...
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Freedom to move: stamp duty reforms gain momentum

Stamp duty: two of the most dreaded words in the world of property and finance. Fortunately, NSW and Victoria have unveiled some big changes to the inefficient tax this week, and there’s hope it’ll inspire other states to review their own stamp duty arrangements. If you’re unfamiliar with stamp duty, it’s basically a state/territory government tax you pay on certain transactions, such as a car or piece of real estate. How much it costs depends on what state you’re buying…...
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Want to know how much your neighbours paid for their first homes?

First home buyers wanting to crack into the property market can now use an interactive map to see how much their neighbours spent on average for their first home. Snoopy snoop! Everyone loves having a bit of a sticky-beak. After all, we’re only human. And this interactive map, which is being run by the federal government’s NHFIC, allows you to see how much your neighbours spent on average for their first home. It also shows how much your first-home-buying neighbours…...
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