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Budget winners: first home buyers, regional buyers, single parents

First home buyers, regional buyers and single parents keen to crack the property market are the big winners in this year’s federal budget – with 50,000 low deposit, no LMI scheme spots up for grabs.  Want to buy your first home with just a 5% deposit and pay no lenders’ mortgage insurance? You could be … Continue reading Budget winners: first home buyers, regional buyers, single parents

16 ways the government should tackle housing affordability: report

Think property prices have gone a little bonkers? You’re not the only one. Which is why a report with 16 recommendations to tackle housing affordability has just been plonked on pollies’ desks in Canberra. Today we’ll run through them for you (succinctly, we promise). You might have noticed that property prices have skyrocketed over the … Continue reading 16 ways the government should tackle housing affordability: report

What’s your debt-to-income ratio? And why do lenders care about it?

New data from the lending watchdog reveals almost one in four new mortgages are risky. How are they deemed risky? Well, it’s got something to do with your debt-to-income ratio, which we’ll explain in this week’s article. Your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio might sound complicated, but it’s really very simple to work out. Basically, your DTI … Continue reading What’s your debt-to-income ratio? And why do lenders care about it?

Flood victims can defer loan repayments for up to 3 months

Home and business owners impacted by the floods in New South Wales and Queensland can apply to their lender for a three-month loan deferral or reduced payment arrangement. Here’s how to apply if you or someone you know has been impacted. Another year, another disaster. In 2019 it was the bushfires. In 2020 it was … Continue reading Flood victims can defer loan repayments for up to 3 months

Which two capital cities might have just hit their property price peak?

It’s a three-speed property market across the country right now, with two capital cities showing signs prices might’ve peaked, three cities looking like they could soon peak, and three still going strong. How is the market performing in your neck of the woods? While national housing prices have increased a staggering 20.6% over the past … Continue reading Which two capital cities might have just hit their property price peak?

How many SMEs find it difficult to repay business loans?

Ever thought about taking out a loan for your business but hesitated because you were worried about meeting your repayments? Don’t worry, it’s a common concern. But some promising data has just come out that might help you put those fears aside. You gotta spend money to make money, so the saying goes. But what … Continue reading How many SMEs find it difficult to repay business loans?

Don’t drown in Buy Now Pay Later debt this Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and there’s a good chance you’ve started turning your attention to gifts for family and friends. But be careful this silly season: more than half of Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) customers are struggling to pay day-to-day living expenses. Christmas and overindulging: name a more iconic duo. But one temptation to … Continue reading Don’t drown in Buy Now Pay Later debt this Christmas

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