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Is the tide turning on the Property market?

 

For the first time in years, the planets seem to be aligning for homebuyers and property investors. Interest rates are falling, property prices largely appear to be stabilising and constraints on bank mortgage lending have been relaxed. 

It’s welcome news for first homebuyers and anyone who has been waiting on the sidelines for a signal that the downturn in house prices could be at or near the bottom in key markets such as Melbourne and Sydney.

As is always the case though with the national housing market, the full story is more than a tale of two cities.

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July 1 Super changes- What you need to know

 

If you haven’t been keeping track of your superannuation accounts and not contributing to benefits, you may lose some valuable benefits from July 1 if your fund has not seen a contribution for at least 16 consecutive months.

There are a number of new superannuation rules starting in a few weeks. Some rules will impact people taking time out of the workforce and also those that are closer to retirement.

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What tightened lending means for property buyers

Sure, tightened lending means home loans are becoming harder for some to get, but it’s not all bad news for Property Buyers.

That’s because there’s also reduced competition from investors, housing prices are falling, and clearance rates are too, making it much more of a buyer’s market than in years gone by.

So let’s take a look at a few simple steps you can take to improve your chances of obtaining finance in the tighter lending environment. Armed with these tips you could be better equipped to take advantage of the weakened housing market.

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What the Federal budget means for you

With a federal election approaching us shortly, the 2019/2020 Federal Budget aims to deliver tax cuts to low and middle income workers and small businesses, superannuation tweaks for older Australians, and energy assistance payments.

Keep in mind that a number of the below policies depend on the Coalition government winning re-election in May – although Labor has announced bipartisan support for some of the listed me policy recommendations.

But here’s what this year’s Federal Budget essentially means for you and your family.

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5 steps to make income tax easier

The EOFY period isn’t really a time most people relish, but it does offer an excellent opportunity to review your income and finances to possibly free up funds for more important and enjoyable pursuits through any credits or tax savings.

Below we’ll show you, in 5 easy steps, how to streamline the income tax return process and possibly free up funds for the more important things in this great Australian life.

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How much does Aged Care cost?

Few of us think beyond the opportunity to travel and do all those things we’ve been putting off until we have more time and fewer responsibilities before we even think about moving into Aged Care for ourselves or loved ones. But as the population ages, it’s a possibility that few of us can ignore and based on discussions with clients about themselves or their family members a number do not know how much Aged care will cost them.

Over 3.6 million Australians, or 16 per cent of the population, are currently aged 65 and over.iThis is projected to grow to 22 per cent by 2061, or more than one in five.ii We’re also living longer as the average Australian can expect to live into their 80siii, and many of us will live beyond 90.iv

That means more of us will need some form of aged care late in life. And as pressure grows on aged care service providers to cater for more people, the costs may rise.

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