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March 2021 | Money Matters

For individual homeowners, a mortgage is often their single largest source of debt and has the greatest effect on their finances, and their ability to stay solvent through wage decreases or wage losses. For lenders, mortgages are typically the most significant asset on their retail banking book, which means that any changes in originations, repayment schedules, and default rates will have significant impacts on their profitability and liquidity.

December 2020 | Money Matters

Great news for those still looking to build with the announcement on 29 November that the HomeBuilder scheme, which provides grants for home builders and renovators has been extended to 31 March 2021. The extension is expected to see a further 15,000 construction projects under the scheme.

Under the extension changes include:

October 2020 | Money Matters

Put on your runners, Ashbury!

In great news for our local Surf Coast region, the Victorian Government has given the green light to a $350 million sport and tourism development in nearby in Modewarre.

It is anticipated that the project will create more than 1,000 jobs during construction and hundreds of full time jobs ongoing.

June 2020 | Money Matters

Heard about the Australian Government’s new HomeBuilder grant scheme, but not sure if you qualify or fully understand what it means for you?

To help, we’ve pulled together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the scheme, so you can work out if you qualify.

What is it?

June 2020 | Money Matters

Great news for Australians dreaming of buying their own home. The Federal Government’s new HomeBuilder scheme provides eligible owner-occupiers with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home.  This will be a welcome relief to many Australians and the country’s economy as it tries to navigate its way out of the current health crisis.

Here is an overview of the HomeBuilder grant –

12.05.2020 | Money Matters

Great news for first home buyers looking to purchase land in Ashbury – the State Government has extended its $20,000 regional first home owner grant (FHOG) until June 30, 2021!

According to, the Greater Geelong area has been the most popular area for the grant since it was introduced in 2017.

April 2020 | Money Matters

So, your home needs a little TLC but you’re not about to splash all your cash on a renovation.

Try these easy & cheap hacks to get your humble abode looking fresh & fabulous.

1. Declutter your Home

January 2020 | Money Matters

Making home ownership easier – the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

Heard about the Australia Government’s new first home buyer deposit scheme, but not sure if you qualify or completely understand what it means for you? To help you, we’ve pulled together a brief overview of the Scheme and provided some useful links to help you on your way to home ownership a little more quickly.

January 2020 | Money Matters

Another option chosen by some purchasers is to keep their current home as an investment and upsize to something larger. This can provide financial benefits, however, we recommend you speak to your financial advisor about your options before making any decisions.

Friday, July 3, 2015 | Money Matters

EVER thought about buying a house with a mate? How about 1400 homes?

A Geelong firefighter and a bus operator — who took a 15-year gamble on a potential development site — are the owners of Geelong’s latest housing estate.

Golfing buddies Geoff Mays and Gary Hodgson — both lifelong residents of the Belmont and Highton area —bought the site of more than107ha in 2001.A decade and a half later, plans to turn the area into a1400-lot estate at Armstrong Creek are now under way.

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