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First Home Loan Deposit Scheme: 10,000 more places made available for first home buyers

Wednesday 01 Jul 2020

As of today, the Federal Government has opened up 10,000 more spots for first home buyers looking to crack the Australian property market with a minimal deposit. Known as the First Home Buyer Deposit Scheme, the benefit allows first-time buyers to put down just 5 percent deposit for a property with the government acting as guarantor for the remaining 15 percent. Buyers still have to pay the remaining 15 percent, as they are technically borrowing 95 percent of the property's valuation from a lend ....

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5 things buyers need to be aware of when taking advantage of the HomeBuilder package

Thursday 25 Jun 2020

There are so many brand-new designer homes now selling around Australia, and let’s face it, for many of us, the thought of living in a property that has not been lived in by others, or being able to personalise the design of your own home, is appealing. As consumers, we can choose from many different types of new properties available to us, including a unit, townhouse, duplex or even a house-and-land package in a new estate. But it is important to be aware of the pitfalls of brand-new prop ....

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Government unveils housing stimulus

Tuesday 09 Jun 2020

The federal government has announced a new $700-million housing stimulus package aimed at rekindling property market activity. A $25,000 grant will be available to owner-occupiers “substantially renovating” or building a new home from 4 June to 31 December 2020, as part of the Morrison government’s new $688-million HomeBuilder package. A national price cap of $750,000 has been set for new home builds, and a renovation price range of $150,000 to $750,000 will apply to renov ....

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The 5 ways purchasing property helps you achieve financial freedom

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Managing our income and savings is so important if we wish to get ahead. The cost of living seems like it’s always increasing, our circumstances can change and the economy is forever fluctuating. We have to make savvy decisions now for our future. Because of this, it’s no surprise that many people are searching for investment options that will help them gain more financial assistance and security. Acquiring property is one of those options. Owning property is part of the great Austra ....

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Stamp duty plan required to boost confidence

Tuesday 26 May 2020

In the race to reach the post-COVID-19 recovery stage as quickly as possible, the necessity is to bring confidence back. However, at a time when everyone is hanging on announcements, commitments and timelines from politicians and regulatory officials, it’s important that the communication is clear, transparent and detailed in order to boost confidence. Recent discussions surrounding changes to stamp duty have not been one such communication. Over recent weeks, the federal Treasurer, RBA go ....

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REINSW does a callout for government to protect landlords

Monday 11 May 2020

Everyone matters in real estate – that’s why it’s important everybody is recognised equally when it comes to the NSW Government’s Residential Tenancies Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 (NSW), said the REINSW.  Tim McKibbin, CEO, REINSW said Government needs to recognise that landlords are in a similar position to tenants throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. "There is a great deal of concern for tenants, as there should be, due to COVID-19," said Mr McKibbi ....

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FIRB data shows Chinese buyers are back for Australian real estate market - Juwai IQI

Monday 11 May 2020

Australia's relationship with China may have come under scrutiny across the past couple of weeks in relation to COVID-19 but new data from the Foreign Investment Review Board indicates real estate investment from the Asian country is on the rise. According to the FIRB annual report for 2018/19, mainland Chinese real estate investment into Australia in 2018-19 dropped to $6.1 billion, down more than 50 per cent from 2017-18 and its lowest level since 2012-13. But figures for the second ....

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NSW estate agents get go-ahead to hold onsite auctions and open houses amid COVID-19 shutdown relaxation

Thursday 07 May 2020

The NSW property market will roll out the welcome mat from next weekend with agents and vendors able to hold traditional property inspections and on-site auctions after a six-week limited shutdown due to COVID-19. Neighbours have been told not to stickybeak! It starts from next weekend, May 9. Coming into the last of autumn's listings, there were 269 auctions scheduled in Sydney this week, up slightly on last week's 192 homes, according to CoreLogic. There were 539 on the same weekend last year, ....

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NSW could abolish stamp duty, payroll tax

Monday 04 May 2020

The NSW opposition have given their cautious support to the Berejiklian government's push to abolish stamp duty and payroll tax in a bid to revive the state's economy following coronavirus. With unemployment forecast to hit 10 per cent by the end of the year, NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet on Saturday laid out a plan to scrap what he described as inefficient taxes. While the outbreak of the deadly disease has punched a hole in the economy, Mr Perrottet told Nine that: "We are not going to tax o ....

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ANZ defers $36bn in mortgages, prepares for loss

Friday 01 May 2020

The major bank has set aside over $1 billion in new credit impairment charges, as it braces for a rise in delinquencies following the expiry of loan deferral periods. ANZ has released its half-year results for the 2020 financial year (1H20), reporting a 60 per cent plunge in its cash earnings after tax, from $3.5 billion in 1H19 to $1.4 billion. The earnings slide was triggered by a 76 per cent spike in credit impairment charges, up from $890 million in 1H19 to just under $1.7 billion in 1H20. A ....

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