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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…

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R U OK? We’re here for you, and here’s how you can support others

2020 hasn’t been an easy year for many Aussie households and businesses, which makes today an important one to check in on one another. COVID-19 and associated lockdowns have placed all sorts of new pressures on families and businesses across the country this year. In fact, more than 1.5 million Australians are currently suffering from…

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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…

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More than a quarter of SME businesses knocked back for finance

As if small and medium-sized businesses weren’t already facing an uphill battle this year; now it turns out that more than a quarter were knocked back when they applied for finance in recent months. Here’s how we can help. The latest Sensis Business Index – which surveyed 1,015 businesses in the first week of August…

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There’s a good chance you have a lazy $6k lying around your home

Whether you’re looking for extra cash to purchase a property, or could do with a few thousand dollars to pay off your existing mortgage, the average Aussie household could make nearly $6,000 from selling their pre-loved items. Turns out we’re a bunch of hoarders that’d make the Kerrigans blush, according to the 2020 Gumtree Second…

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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…

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3 questions SME owners should ask themselves before JobKeeper 2.0

JobKeeper is due for a big shake-up next month, which means if you’ve been relying on it to get your business through these rocky times, you need to start planning ahead now. With the small business ombudsman and many economists concerned about an "insolvency tsunami" hitting small businesses, it’s critical that you start thinking about…

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Applications now open for $25,000 HomeBuilder grant in all states

It’s been two months since HomeBuilder was first announced, and I’m sure many of us spent a bit of that time dreaming about an extra $25,000 to spend on a reno or new home. The good news is grant applications are now officially open. All states have now opened application channels (see below) for the…

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Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme is being expanded

If you’re a small or medium-sized business owner in need of an affordable loan then we’ve got good news: the federal government is expanding the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme to allow businesses to borrow more and for a wider range of purposes. The scheme, which is in phase one until September 30, allows lenders to…

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The top ten Australian suburbs to buy in post-COVID-19

We’re all looking forward to things eventually getting back to normal, or at least the “new normal”. And while it’s not clear exactly what the “new normal” will look like in the property world, there are some promising early signs.  For instance, you might have seen that interest rates are pressing down towards 2% (and,…

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