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2020 EKKA HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS

This year, the Ekka holiday is a bit different than we know it. It's an amazing opportunity to explore our beautiful Queensland over the long weekend and support local tourism during these unprecedented times. We wish you a happy long weekend, but most importantly, safe adventures with your family...

Houses v units – which has the higher rental yield?

Units are delivering a higher rental yield than houses, according to the latest ANZ Housing Affordability Report.  Across Australia, the average rental yield in June 2020 was 4.00% for units (compared to 4.60% in June 2019) and 3.60% for houses (was 4.00%). However, the figures differed...

Switching lenders has never been more popular

Refinancing has reached record levels, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. A record 33,712 Australians refinanced in May, the most recent month for which there are stats. That was up 30% on April, which was itself a record. Of those who refinanced, 64% moved to another...

$25k HomeBuilder grant stimulates demand for new homes

The $25,000 HomeBuilder grant has proved very popular, with new home sales jumping 77.6% from May to June, according to the Housing Industry Association. To be eligible for HomeBuilder, you must: Be an owner-occupier Earn less than $125,000 for singles and $200,000 for couples Build a new home or...

Banks extend mortgage holiday, but conditions apply

Australia’s banks will let some borrowers extend their repayment pause by another four months, subject to conditions. In March, banks announced borrowers could pause their repayments for up to six months, ending in September. Now, banks have said some borrowers can extend that period by four months...

The Brutal Break Down of 100 Brisbane Suburbs: By Mel Buttle

Originally published in The Courier Mail. Comedian Mel Buttle threw out a challenge on Twitter recently: “Tweet me a Brisbane suburb and I’ll encapsulate its essence.’’ So far, she’s had more than 100 submissions for suburbs. Want to know what Mel thinks of where you live? Here’s the full list....

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