• September Newsletter

    We’ve made it to spring … and we’re on the home run to Christmas once again!!
    I trust you and you’re family and friends are managing the odd circumstances in which the world is currently operating in with ease and have been able to find some joy in doing things differently.
    The year has flown by, even with all the unpredictability of current world. For me, one day seems to blend into the next given that we’re still in Lockdown here in Victoria and we’re not alone this time.
    There’s been so many things I’d planned to be doing this year and haven’t been able to do because there weren’t many of them that could be done in a 5km radius of my home 😐
    Fingers crossed we’re allowed out again soon.
    Finance has continued to be ever changing and as the season changes, so too has the property and lending landscape.
    Here are 4 stories making headlines right now:
    1. Property sales up 42%
    2. Analysis reveals fixed-variable rate gap
    3. Aussies saving more money
    4. More borrowers using brokers
  • August Newsletter

    I hope you and your family are happy and healthy and doing well in the current Lockdown, it seems that almost half the country has joined NSW, hopefully it’ll all sort itself out soon and we can get back to some sort of normality where we can visit with our families and friends and plan our events without worrying that they’re going to be cancelled.
    Please stay safe and if you’re in need of conversation, I’m always, as you’re probably fully aware, happy to have a chat, so give me a call.
    There are still loads of things going on in the finance and property sector and here’s a few things happening in the market as we approach spring:
    • Investor activity rising
    • Demand outstripping supply
    • Lenders offering green loans
    • ATO issues tax warning

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  • July Newsletter

    And yet another month has flashed by with lots of twists and turns as seems to be more of the norm these days than not.
    Here in Victoria we seem to be getting to the end of yet another Lockdown and this time we’ve not been the only state to have to manage our way through that situation.
    These stories might help you make or save money:
    • Mortgage deferrals available
    • Many homes cheaper to buy than rent
    • Property investors cashing in
    • ATO reveals key tax mistake
    Happy reading!

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  • June Newsletter

    What an interesting month we’ve just had here in Victoria. I trust you and your family have survived and hopefully thrived during the recent Lockdown and continue to do so as we step back into some form of new norm.
    I’m back in Melbourne again now, having had a lovely road trip on Sunday in what turned out to be quite a nice day weather wise.
    I’ve got my fingers crossed that by the time you get to read this my normal phone number will be back in action … nothing like a good mess up with a phone number to keep a person on their toes.
    If by some chance it hasn’t, the temporary number I’ve been gifted is 0459 039 347.
    If you’ve been wondering what’s been happening in the market recently, then check out these stories:
    • Borrowers hit with loyalty tax
    • Keep lending standards high, says RBA
    • Property market sets new record
    • Government releasing 30,000 grant spots
  • May Newsletter

    I trust you and your family are keeping well.
    Haven’t the last few days been interesting. As I was writing this this morning, I was sitting in a queue waiting for my turn to have a COVID test here in Adelaide!!
    We’re here this time to take my parents to some medical appointments and be part of my oldest nephew’s birthday. It’s been a bit of a challenge working out where we fit in the restrictions because of our arrival date, but it seems we’re Level 3, so only need to be tested and isolate while we’re waiting on our results.
    Fingers crossed this whole thing sorts out really quickly, although it’s just been released a couple of hours later that there’s now a Lockdown happening in Victoria. It’ll be interesting to see what happens for us here.
    I’ve picked out four stories that round out the big news in the property and finance markets:
    • Rents growing strongly
    • Budget promotes home ownership
    • Property now worth $8 trillion
    • Taxpayers warned about dubious expense claims
  • April Newsletter

    I trust you and yours are all well and enjoying life. As seems to be the norm these days, I’ve been jet setting around the country … well back and for to Adelaide anyhow and as I type this I’m having a semi holiday with Tony in Kyneton Bushland Resort. We’ve had some incredibly sunny days .. but the nights have been sooooo cold!!!
    I for one am loving that I can move around the country without too many problems with the whole COVID thing.
    This month I’ve got a 2 day Commercial conference coming up, which I’m really looking forward to and given that we’re coming up to the end of yet another financial year, it’s excellent timing.
    If you’re in business and looking for finance for assets the Government has some great incentives for those coming up to the end of the financial year. If you’ve got a need for any in your business then I invite you to give me a call and have a chat about what might be possible.
    As also seems to be the usual state of affairs these days, there’s some big property and finance news around right now:
    • Property market running hot
    • Banking system in good health
    • HomeBuilder construction extension
    • Power prices fall 8.8%
  • March Newsletter

    I trust you’ve had a good month. It feels like only yesterday was Christmas and at the same time if feels like Christmas was forever away, so much has been happening and life has been so busy.
    Can you believe that next weekend it’s going to be EASTER!! AND to top it off Daylight Savings will be over as well … for those of us that have it … a sure sign summer and the warm weather is on it’s way out.
    I finally arrived back in Melbourne on the 8th March and although I love being in Adelaide, it’s nice to be home and reconnect with my girls .. I say girls, but they’re really young women 🙂
    I’ve got some big stories about our booming market:
    • Home loans demand soars
    • Property prices rising fast
    • Australia sets GDP record
    • Good news for investors
    So read on below. I love it when you take the time to let me know what you think of the stories we share here … I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.
    I wish you all that’s wonderful for the Easter holiday break and look forward to bringing you more interesting news on the finance and property front next month.
  • February Newsletter

    I hope you’re doing well … another month has flashed by … AGAIN! Where does the time go?
    So far it’s been a big start to the year and February’s been a big month. Victoria had yet another Lockdown … thank goodness it’s over. It’s such a relief that it is, even though I wasn’t there, my girls were, so it was a relief to know that they can get out and about again.
    AND … there’s some big property and tax news around right now:
    • Positive conditions for borrowers
    • ATO issues tax scam warning
    • Property investors smiling
    • Mortgage deferrals keep falling
  • January Newsletter

    I hope you and your family and friends had a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.
    Personally, I totally enjoyed the day with my family and I’ve enjoyed catching up with my extended family in Adelaide very much over the last month as well … it was a LONG time between visits!!
    I was extremely thankfully, that the COVID scare around New Years didn’t turn into much in Victoria, or any where else in Australia for that matter! And as I write this, we’ve had at least 7 days with no new locally acquired cases, which are the ones everyone seems to get panicked by.
    On the finance front, there’s been no shortage of people looking for finance in the last month, so if you’re thinking of buying anytime soon, it’s probably a good idea to get yourself sorted sooner rather than later.
    It might be January, but there’s plenty of big news around right now:
    • Good news for mortgage broker customers
    • New home sales jump 91.8%
    • Banks raising their lending standards
    • Listings bottom out

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  • December Newsletter

    What a year it’s been!! I for one am glad we’re at the end of one of the most … stuck for words here … let’s say interesting years; certainly one out of the bag that no-one could have predicted at the start of the year.
    Some of the photos that were taken when the whole world shut down were incredible to say the least.
    I was at a function last night with peop[e I usually have breakfast with every week and it’s the first time I’ve seen most of them in person since March!! We were all so happy and grateful that we were able to reconnect in person after such a long time.
    I’m hoping you’re getting to connect with those you love and know in the same way.
    It might be (almost) Christmas, but there’s still plenty of big news:
    • Rents surge in smaller capital cities
    • Govt extends HomeBuilder by 3 months
    • Property prices keep rising
    • Beware of online shopping scams

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  • November Newsletter

    I hope you’re well. It’s been yet another interesting month in the VERY strange year that’s been 2020, with SA going into lockdown .. albeit for a few days … and us here in Vic coming out of Lockdown … it’s so wonderful to be able to go for my daily walk without a mask and last night I actually went out for dinner with friends!
    I do hope you find these four stories that’ve been generating a lot of buzz over the past month both interesting and useful:
    • Record-low rates drive borrowing bonanza
    • Buy-now-pay-later causing problems
    • Local first home buyer data released
    • Aussies building world’s biggest homes
  • October Newsletter

    OMG if you’re here in Vic like I am, you’ll have heard the news by now that the restrictions are lifting!!! SUCH a relief! I so hope that you and your family have managed to survive this very trying time.
    Now that the restrictions are lifting here, I’m hoping that the border restrictions will lift so that my family here in Melbourne and I get to travel back to SA to be with our extended family for Christmas … what do you think my chances are 🙂 … love to know what you think.
    And on top of that, there’s been some massive property news over the past month:
    • Loyal borrowers paying more interest
    • Buyers showing confidence in the market
    • ScoMo making borrowing easier
    • Govt showing love to first home buyers

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