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Single parents and first home buyers get big budget boost

Single parents saving for a property and first home buyers are the big winners from this year’s federal budget. Today we’ll break down the three schemes that will help them crack the property market sooner. In recent months there have been signs that first home buyers are beginning to shy away from the property market, as investors return in big numbers to take advantage of optimistic property market price outlooks. So this year’s federal budget focussed on giving first home…...
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Is it cheaper to buy or rent your next home? You might be surprised

While it might feel like property prices are skyrocketing out of reach, the majority of Australian homes are actually cheaper to buy than rent over the next decade, according to a new report. The latest REA Insights Buy or Rent 2021 Report reveals it is cheaper to buy than rent around 57% of dwellings across Australia, based on modest housing price growth of 3% per year over the next decade. Now, the results differ by property type and from state…...
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Has the housing market’s latest record-breaking run peaked?

Property prices climbed at a breathtaking pace in early 2021, which has been good news for homeowners and heartbreaking for house hunters. However, there are seven key signs that the pace of capital gains has peaked, says CoreLogic. Now, it’s important to note that CoreLogic is not suggesting that housing values are about to dip. Far from it. Rather, CoreLogic believes the housing market is “moving through a peak rate of growth and the pace of capital gains will gradually…...
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Business demand for equipment has hit record numbers

Businesses across the country are purchasing new equipment and vehicles in record numbers, as companies big and small embrace the strongest market conditions seen in years, according to NAB data. And with the end of the financial year approaching quickly, we’re expecting demand for equipment and vehicles to remain strong, with businesses looking to invest in their future by taking advantage of the federal government’s temporary full expensing rules (more on that below). NAB believes the demand for new equipment…...
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HomeBuilder extension gives applicants extra 12 months to start building

Tens of thousands of HomeBuilder applicants around the nation can breathe a sigh of relief after the federal government extended the construction commencement requirement from six months to 18 months. It’s fair to say that the success of the HomeBuilder program caught a lot of people off guard and, as a result, contributed to a surge in demand for manpower within the residential construction industry. In fact, more than 121,000 Australians applied for the HomeBuilder grant, which is expected to…...
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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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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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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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How do you compare: how much of your pay goes to your mortgage?

The property market is going through a boom phase, which means housing affordability is getting tougher. So how much does the average Australian household need to put towards their monthly home loan repayments in the current market? Let’s take a look. You’ve probably noticed the housing market is going a bit crazy at the moment. FOMO has taken hold and many properties across the country are selling well above their reserve. As such, housing affordability has deteriorated, says Moody’s Investor…...
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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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