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Loan Market creates ladder for brokers to climb Google rankings

Award-winning aggregator Loan Market is expanding its automated digital portfolio with a customer feedback and review tool that will rocket its brokers to page one on Google searches. Unique to Loan Market, reviewer is a set-and-forget solution automating customer feedback to brokers’ Google My Business review pages. It enhances the SEO of

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Loan Market eclipses $3bn in new monthly lodgment record

Award-winning aggregator Loan Market has set a new monthly record for lodgments with $3.1 billion worth of applications made during March. The figure is 76% higher than the same month in 2020, and eclipses the aggregator’s previous monthly record for lodgments, set only in November last year. The network’s brokers

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Loan Market Group backs brokers with super-platform

Loan Market Group has made a milestone decision in the operation of Australasia’s largest broker group, choosing to expand industry-leading MyCRM with features from Podium for a ‘super platform’ supporting broker businesses across all its aggregators, and offering certainty to its 7,000-strong broker network across Australia and New Zealand. Loan

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How professionals can balance study and work

Juggling work and study is a common challenge, yet for many, finding a way to navigate the two is a financial necessity, argues one professional. Speaking to Wellness Daily, UniLodge general manager of residential life Casey White said that finding a healthy balance is about more than just getting enough

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Self-care for commuting workers

Every day around the world, we climb into our cars, onto buses and trains or even don our sneakers to travel to and from work. Ever thought what drives you to endure the long commute despite the financial and personal cost in lost time and wellbeing? Rani Cohen from Weekday

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How to review your direct debits and save

Direct debits can be extremely convenient and even save you money. But they can become costly – and may even send you into debt – when you lose track of your automated payments. Conduct regular reviews to keep on top of your direct debits. Here’s how. Type ‘direct debit’ into

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Tips for parents who became the bank of mum and dad

Aussie parents have coughed up more than $26 million to help their adult kids since COVID-19 hit our shores – and one in five is at financial risk from doing so. Parents helping their adult kids financially isn’t an unfamiliar concept in this country, but figures reveal mums and dads

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6 steps to building good financial habits

Adopting good financial habits isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Otherwise, we’d all be doing it already. With the impact of COVID-19 still being felt, 42% of us now want to put money aside for unforeseen events in the futurei. Whether we’ve been affected or not, we recognise that

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6 steps to help you feel more positive about your finances

Managing your money doesn’t have to be stressful. By breaking down your goals and establishing good habits you can work towards financial wellbeing. With one in four Australians reporting more financial stress after COVID, it’s no surprise many of us are concerned about the future. Between mounting bills, unexpected expenses

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Small Lifestyle Changes For A Healthier Life

The older we get, the more care we need to be taking of ourselves and given the health crisis year we’ve had in 2020, people are looking at ways to better their lifestyle in general. Changing bad habits is a great place to start, and if you’re unsure which positive

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Why virtual reality could be a mindfulness game changer

In today’s world, technology has increased the noise in our lives and it is becoming harder for many of us to achieve a sense of calm for even a moment. This is why practicing mindfulness and meditation is more important than ever before. When people think of meditation, we often

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Is your home loan still right for you?

Running a few simple checks on your home loan could potentially save you thousands of dollars over the life of your loan. For many of us, paying off a home loan is likely to be one of the biggest regular expenses in our budget. And it could stay that way

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The hidden costs of buying a property

When taking out a mortgage, many people forget to consider the associated fees and expenses. Here are some of the extra costs that you’ll need to consider when you take out a home loan. Home loan application fees Most lenders charge a home loan application fee. This can range from

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How to tell if you’re paying too much in rent

Unless you’re fortunate enough to own the property you live in, rent is probably one of your biggest regular expenses. If you’re not implicated and invested in the property market, the rise and fall of rental yields isn’t usually something that renters pay much attention to. What’s more, rent is

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Changing policy only way to slow housing market’s ‘up-crash’

Australia’s booming property market could be slowed through the use of regulatory powers rather than a central bank intervention, an economist has said. According to UBS, the Australian property market is currently experiencing an ‘up-crash’, with the government’s Homebuilder subsidy and cheap credit prompting a spike in construction and larger

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Government ups price caps for home purchases under several schemes

Thirty thousand more Aussies will be eligible for the government’s various first home buyer schemes, with the government also announcing expanded property price caps for homes purchased under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme and the Family Home Guarantee. Following criticism that the caps were too low, the government has announced

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Expert tips: How to spot a scam caller

Common sense would tell you that if you think you’re receiving a scam call, hang up. But how do you know if it’s a scam call? Scammers are experts at luring unsuspecting victims and forcing them into situations where they end up handing over financial details or giving the scammer access

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4 Ways to protect your details online to prevent identity theft

The pandemic and resulting lockdowns have led to a surge in online transactions globally. People are also using digital channels more and more for online banking and other financial services because they are easy, convenient and a faster method for fund transfers. But society’s growing reliance on digital services brings

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Property Investing and Age Pension…be careful?

Property investing for many Australians is an important component of their saving and retirement planning. It provides tax benefit, an income stream and hopefully over a period of time a growth in the value of the original investment. I am not going to try and discuss the pros and cons

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How to buy house and land packages in Australia

If you’re planning to buy a house and land package, it can be tricky if you’re not familiar with the ins and outs of such deals. Here’s our guide to make this purchase easier for you. For some home buyers, purchasing a house and land package is a more convenient

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