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    Banks Activate Emergency Relief Packages for Brisbane Communities

    In Response to the Queensland floods banks have implemented relief packages for Brisbane home and business owners affected by the floods. According to the Queensland Financial Ombudsman service the following packages are now in available: NAB NAB has put in place a package of relief measures it...

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    Buy Your Dream Property

    Rising interest rates and high property prices are making it even harder to get a foot in the property market. The key to success is discipline - having a plan and sticking to it. How much can I borrow? A good starting point, the borrowing power calculator will help you determine your borrowing...

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    Statement of Financial Performance

    By Colin Nicholson Animportant accounting document is the Statement of Financial Performance, also simply called the Income Statement. It used to be known as the Profit and Loss Statement. This is a so-called flow statement in the sense that instead of taking balances at the end of the year, it...

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    Interest in Fixed Rate Deals

    By Loan Market Borrowers are most interested in deals on fixed rate home loans as a result of the recent interest rate rises, according to mortgage broker Loan Market. The number one product brokersare currently receiving enquiries aboutis for three-year fixed rate loans. WhileLoan Market...

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    Medicine From the Fresh Food Markets

    By Judy Davie, The Food Coach What's the greatest tragedy - the person permanently disabled through an accident that was of no fault of their own or the person permanently disabled from eating too much of the wrong foods? There is no right answer - but one is preventable. The saying "Food is...

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    What You Need to Know About Buying Property

    By Greville Pabst, WBP Property Group For most people buying property is the single biggest financial decision they will make in their lifetime. While buying a home is a rite of passage for most Australians, many people go it alone and without any clear investment strategy. Having an investment...

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    The Perfect Match Superannuation Loans

    By Arthur Kassos, CPA Superannuation is normally a very good deduction for most people as it's tax deductible (unless you're an employee where it is not deductible for you except in very limited circumstances) and it's a very tax effective entity to have your investments in. The Tax Office is...

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    Does Defense Housing (DHA) Make a Good Investment?

    By Alex Henderson, Prosper Group A guaranteed tenant for up to 12 years - so no vacancies Often brand new properties - so good depreciation benefits Repainted and recarpeted at the end of the lease (make good clause) These benefits are positive, howeverinvestors shouldalways evaluate the...

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    Sore Feet and Dirty Socks

    By Dion Seminara I recently met a couple at a social function who are in the process of building a new home. We got to talking and they asked me what I did, I explained to them that I am an architect. The couple then started talking about how disappointed they are with the design of their home,...

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    Fearless Feature Walls Using Paint or Wallpaper

    By Alex Honey Picking out feature walls and their colours can be a real dilemma. Yet with the right colour or wallpaper you know you can add new personality, life and value to your rooms. Adding feature walls can sound easier than it reallyis. It's critical to choose the right walls and...

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    Top 10 Tips for Buying Property

    By Your Mortgage Magazine Whether you're buying a home to live in or for an investment, shopping for property is an exciting experience. But it's important that you don't get caught up in the excitement, as you may make mistakes that will cost you dearly down the track. These expert tips and...

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    Getting the Numbers Right with Home Loan Refinancing

    By Michael Langhammer and Andrew Clugston Whilst Australia continues to defy the global economic downturn, constrained credit conditions have hampered the property industry's attempts to finance new projects as well as refinance existing assets. Now more than ever, presenting a professional,...

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    Is Home Refinancing Worthwhile, How to Refinance Your Mortgage

    By Loan Market Despite the potential for interest rate rises over the coming months and the rises we have seen over the last year, many Australian home owners are hesitant to refinance their home loans because they believe it will be too much trouble due to the fees and paperwork involved. In...