Great news for home buyers – housing affordability is the best it’s been since 1999, according to new data released by the nation’s peak housing and building body.

That’s right – housing affordability is comparable to the days when the Y2K bug had us fearing for our lives, Nokia Snake was the pinnacle of mobile gaming, and median house prices in Australia ranged between $112,000 (Hobart) to $272,000 (Sydney).

These days, however, median prices range from $420,000 (Hobart) to $840,000 (Sydney).

But here’s where it gets a little interesting.

For a home buyer with an average income purchasing a median-priced dwelling (assuming a 10% deposit), mortgage repayments will consume the smallest proportion of their earnings since 1999, according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA) Affordability Index.

Hang on, how is this possible?

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Whenever the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) changes the official cash rate we all hear about how it will impact home loans. But it affects many other areas of finance and the economy, which we’ll look into today.

The RBA has cut the official cash rate to a new record low of 1%, just one month after lowering it to 1.25% – which was the first rate cut in almost three years (since August 2016).

Now, whenever this happens we all hear about what it will mean for mortgage-holders.

But it also has a flow-on effect for many other areas of finance, which we’ll look into below.

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Backyard cricket pitch not getting much of a workout these days? Sick of your weekends being taken up with mowing and gardening? Installing a granny flat could be a lucrative solution – boosting the value of your home by 30% and adding around 27% to rental income.

That’s according to a combined analysis by CoreLogic and Archistar, which shows more than half a million east coast homeowners have enough free yard space to build a granny flat at least 60sqm in size.

Constructing a two bedroom granny flat would require an initial investment of up to $200,000, while the outlay for a one bedroom dwelling would be approximately $120,000. The full report is here.

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‘Are we there yet?’ That seems to be the million dollar question on everyone’s lips. Today we’ll take a look at whether or not the property market is finally starting to stabilise, as well as when we might start seeing some positive changes in the market.

Shhh. Can you hear it?

It’s the sound of optimism breathing its way through the Australian property landscape once more.

Let’s run through what some of the property market’s leading experts and reports have said recently.

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We’ve all heard the horror stories about a mechanically-challenged friend buying a car and it turning out to be an absolute lemon.

Well, the truth is that sourcing finance for the car isn’t all too dissimilar. But here are 12 reasons why you won’t end up with a lemon of a loan with us! (more…)

Cash flow is like your daily hit of caffeine. You don’t really notice how important it is for your business until you’ve got to try and operate without it. Today we’ll look at how the recently expanded instant asset write-off initiative can help out in that area.

Budget week is always hectic.

You’re bombarded with dozens of different promises and initiatives – so much so that it’s near impossible to keep track of them all, especially ahead of an impending federal election.

So today we’re going to home in on an initiative that was put into place by the government within 24 hours of the budget being released – the instant asset write-off increase.

What is the instant asset write-off?

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The need to think creatively about ways to increase knowledge & so increase income, should be the focus of everyone in business.

I know that confidence plays a huge part in success. So how do you increase your confidence? (more…)