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First home loan deposit scheme reaches capacity (for now)
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First home loan deposit scheme reaches capacity (for now)

The 10,000 guarantees available via the new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme have been filled or reserved, but for those who missed out there’s a second chance coming soon in July.
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Goodbye stamp duty?
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Goodbye stamp duty?

The dreaded and controversial stamp duty tax could soon be a thing of the past, with calls for it to be abolished gaining momentum.
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Relief for SMEs: tardy paying companies given final notice
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Relief for SMEs: tardy paying companies given final notice

Promising news for SMEs this week: supply chain financing provider Greensill has given late-paying companies formal notice that it will ditch them if they continue to extend their payment terms beyond 30 days.
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Cash rate to remain at record-low level until 2023: experts
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Cash rate to remain at record-low level until 2023: experts

Here’s a bit of welcome news for mortgage holders: Australia’s record-low cash rate is likely to remain in place until 2023, according to leading economic and property experts.
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Wait, the bank can do that!?
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Wait, the bank can do that!?

Every now and then a bank does something that bucks the trend and takes customers by surprise. Today we’ll look at two cases that recently made national headlines and how you can reduce your chances of getting caught out.
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Bank loyalty can cost existing borrowers: ACCC report
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Bank loyalty can cost existing borrowers: ACCC report

Loyalty is an admiral trait when it comes to our friends, family and loved ones. But if you’re extending that virtue to the banks, then there’s a good chance it’s costing you thousands of dollars.
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Is now a good time to lock in a fixed rate?
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Is now a good time to lock in a fixed rate?

With interest rates at record low levels, today we’ll look at a question that many are asking: should I lock in a fixed rate home loan?
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The big questions we’re receiving from first home buyers
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The big questions we’re receiving from first home buyers

It’s fair to say it’s an unusual time to be a first home buyer. But there are still opportunities out there for those whose jobs haven’t been affected by COVID-19. 
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Need to pause your mortgage repayments? Here are the banks’ deferral policies
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Need to pause your mortgage repayments? Here are the banks’ deferral policies

This is one article we hope you never have to read. But if COVID-19 has impacted your income to the point where you may need to pause your mortgage repayments, then we’ve broken down the banks’ deferral policies for you.
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Homeowners impacted by COVID-19 encouraged to contact lender
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Homeowners impacted by COVID-19 encouraged to contact lender

Homeowners who have had their income impacted by the coronavirus outbreak are being encouraged to seek out hardship options with their lender.
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How long does it take to find and secure your dream home?
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How long does it take to find and secure your dream home?

It takes most first home buyers longer than a full working week to house hunt and apply for finance for their 'dream' property, according to new research.
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Downsizers tipped to be a ‘powerful force’ in 2020
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Downsizers tipped to be a ‘powerful force’ in 2020

Downsizers are tipped to take advantage of ‘the perfect storm’ and get the most out of the property market this year, predicts the national body representing professional buyers’ agents.
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Are you being stung by the loyalty tax?
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Are you being stung by the loyalty tax?

Once upon a time you were rewarded for loyalty. But borrowers with older mortgages are typically paying a higher interest rate than customers on new loans, confirms the RBA.
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Credit scores set for Valentine’s Day boost
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Credit scores set for Valentine’s Day boost

Tens of thousands of Aussies have an extra reason to love Valentine’s Day this year, with their credit scores set to jump after civil court filings disappear from their credit file.
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How to increase your property’s value by up to 10%
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How to increase your property’s value by up to 10%

Properties with high energy-efficiency ratings typically sell for up to 10% more, a review of international research shows.
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Why don’t lenders drop my repayments when the interest rate falls?
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Why don’t lenders drop my repayments when the interest rate falls?

A question that’s been popping up a bit lately has been ‘why didn’t my lender reduce my repayments when the interest rate fell last year?’
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The race is on: thousands rush to apply for first home loan scheme
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The race is on: thousands rush to apply for first home loan scheme

If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme then you better act quick, as thousands of first home buyers have already applied for the 10,000 guarantees available.
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How to avoid underinsuring your home
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How to avoid underinsuring your home

With Australia currently enduring its worst bushfire season on record, we all want to do our little bit to help out, so today we thought we'd discuss the important topic of underinsurance.
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First come, first served: first home buyer scheme now open
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First come, first served: first home buyer scheme now open

Applications for the new First Home Loan Deposit Scheme are now open, with 10,000 guarantees available to first home buyers looking to get a leg up into the property market.
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How to spread some free Xmas cheer these holidays
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How to spread some free Xmas cheer these holidays

Did you know there’s around $1.1 billion owed to Aussie families in unclaimed shares, bank accounts and life insurance? With the festive season just around the corner, here’s how to find some long lost funds for you and your family in less than one minute.
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