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ASIC provides tips for financial resolutions

January 15, 2018

The financial services regulator is encouraging Australians to start the new year by setting financial goals, listing five tips to help achieve the feat. According to ASIC’s senior executive leader for financial capability, Laura Higgins, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is for people to “take control” of their money. However, Ms Higgins highlighted that […]

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2018 to be ‘Year of the First Home Buyer’ in Perth

January 15, 2018

The approaching year in Perth and Western Australia is being heralded as one to be extremely favourable for first home buyers and anyone looking to purchase property. According to Shane Kempton, chief operations officer of Professionals Real Estate Group in WA and Northern Territory, a combination of low rates, a rising economy and cheap property will […]

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Borrowers bargaining for better mortgage deals

December 16, 2017

  A new survey has found that a third of Australians have successfully negotiated a better deal on their mortgage. The survey by finder.com.au revealed that 33 per cent of the 1,286 respondents managed to successfully bargain for a lower interest rate on their home loan. From the 43 per cent of home owners that […]

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Looking for love: The best places to swipe right in Perth

December 16, 2017

With nearly one in four West Australians living alone, suburbs that offer lifestyle, amenities and accessibility are a lure to these singles. Living in or near a city means shops, bars, restaurants, and cultural and leisure activities are all within reach and the type of housing stock usually suits those who live alone. Single people […]

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Bank of Mum and Dad is fifth largest lender in Oz

December 16, 2017

A new member has officially joined the Big Four, becoming Australia’s fifth largest bank, according to Douglas Driscoll, CEO of Starr Partners. “I’m talking about the Bank of Mum and Dad,” he said. “We are encouraging first-home buyers to enter the market, but with escalating prices, it is more difficult than ever.” Lenders are generally […]

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Australia set for housing oversupply by 2018: BIS Shrapnel

December 6, 2017

A leading economic forecaster is warning that Australia’s housing shortage could evaporate by 2018, putting downward pressure on property prices. Many analysts argue a persistent housing shortage over the past decade is responsible for stubbornly high Australian home prices, which are much more expensive that most other developed nations. However, economic and property forecaster BIS […]

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Government to implement faster payment terms for SMEs

December 5, 2017

The federal government has announced that it will implement 15-business-day payment terms for small business providers in response to a Payment Times and Practices Inquiry. The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) released a report in April which noted that “late repayments have been a perennial problem in Australia”. The government’s decision to […]

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How superannuation’s blindspot for gig economy workers is setting many up for a fall

November 30, 2017

A rising number of self-employed people are failing to contribute to their own superannuation creating weaker coverage in Australia’s $2 trillion retirement income system, which has seen its score slip from last year’s world rankings. The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index, released on Monday, shows Australia maintained third place, behind Denmark and The Netherlands with […]

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The simple household jobs we don’t know how to do anymore….

November 27, 2017

The simple household jobs we don’t know how to do anymore….Question: How many Millennials does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: None – that’s what outsourcing is for. OK, so that’s a gross generalisation, but if statistics are to be believed, the joke is not that far from the truth. A recent survey, […]

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Forgotten but not gone: Australia’s creepiest abandoned buildings

November 13, 2017

once thriving theatre filled with lights and music is now silent and dark, its velvet curtain rotting and the ornate ceiling covered in filth. A department store where thousands of shoppers came to browse is now empty but for a few broken mannequins and motionless escalators. Hundreds of prison cells plastered with posters, letters and […]

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