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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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Enjoy a credit card holiday

To help reduce credit card balances, many people turn to balance transfer credit cards.

While these cards can help you reduce your debt, they do tend to catch people out from time to time by fineprint terms and conditions.

In this article, we’ll flag some common pitfalls and discuss the right way to use these cards so you can take a holiday from debt and be one step closer to financial freedom. 

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What is the difference between health and life insurance?

Both health and life insurance can seem complicated. We look at the differences  in benefits and the value of having the protection of both. 

What is health insurance?

Health Insurance is a personal insurance that helps cover the costs of medical and surgical care. The right health insurance product can protect you against a range of medical costs and surgical expenses. This might include emergency requirements – like stays in private hospitals, ambulance services and time spent in intensive care – or more everyday health expenses, like optical, dental or chiropractor appointments.

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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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Time to review household debt

Fuelled by rising house prices and low interest rates, the level of personal household debt in Australia is relatively high compared to many other countries.i

The largest proportion of this debt is often used to purchase a valuable asset – the family home. With careful planning, you might be able to control your household debt and use it to grow wealth and secure your future.

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