Interest Rates on Hold at 1.5 per cent

The Reserve Bank has left the official interest rates on hold at a record low rate of 1.5 per cent for a record 26th month in a row. Economists and traders did not expected a move, with most expecting rates to remain unchanged until at least the second half 2019. When interest rates do next move,[…]

More Melburnians Experiencing Rental Stress

Owning a home in Australia has remained a dream for many. The reason why renting has become a popular option. Unfortunately, renting has also become unaffordable these days to many Australians. Latest research showed that renters particularly those in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are spending more than 30 percent of their[…]

What Are The Proposed Changes Included In The New Victorian Rental Laws?

The proposed changes in Victoria’s rental laws are now being tackled in Parliament. The Andrews government released details of the amendments last week and several provisions are expected to go unopposed. Some provisions that are sure to be approved include the one protecting tenants experiencing domestic violence and the clampdown on rental bidding. Once passed,[…]

First Homebuyers in Melbourne Need 5 Years to Save for a Home Deposit

Buying a house in Melbourne is still a huge challenge for many young people. A new report shows that young Melburnians are more likely to take five years to save for a deposit to buy a home in the cheapest suburbs. The report released by the Domain Group looked into the entry-level prices of homes[…]

The New GST Withholding Regime Starts 1 July 2018

The new Federal legislation on the payment of GST in property developments took effect as at July 1st 2018. The legislation is aimed at preventing businesses in the property development area failing to remit the GST to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) after a sale settles. WHY? New Federal legislation is designed to stop businesses[…]

Reserve Bank Retains Current Official Interest Rate of 1.50%

The Reserve Bank of Australia today left the current official cash interest rate unchanged at its historic low level of 1.5 percent. An earlier survey showed most respondents predicting the current rate to be kept on hold. In his monetary policy statement earlier, RBA Governor Philip Lowe noted that “global economic expansion is continuing, a[…]