Spare uni beds to be converted to emergency housing

Vacant university accommodation will be ready to use for emergency housing by midyear as some Queensland renters report weekly increase of $100 or more. The repurposing of 200 student beds at a Griffith University campus in Brisbane was among the measures announced...[Read More]

Being married may help prevent type 2 diabetes: study

Being married may help prevent type 2 diabetes, regardless of whether the relationship is happy, research suggests. Previous studies have found that happy marriages confer a range of health benefits compared with being single, including a longer life, fewer strokes and...[Read More]

Top 10 financial New Year’s resolutions to achieve in the new year

The new year is a perfect time to reflect on your achievements from the ending year and to plan for the new year. While you can also make resolutions for other aspects of life, financial success should be at the top of your list. Check if you achieved your last...[Read More]

Home values slide further but regions prove resilient

The housing market fell another one per cent in January, with the major cities still leading the downturn. CoreLogic’s home value index shows ongoing resilience in regional areas despite fewer people moving out of cities, and the massive pandemic upswing in the...[Read More]

5 Ways to Live Your Best Life After Retirement

Have you ever thought about life after retirement? If you have, you most likely think about the best things in life: a happy family, good health and wealth. The only way to make this dream retirement a reality is to have the right retirement plan. Below are some tips...[Read More]

Vulnerable on rent support falling behind

Welfare and affordable housing groups are calling for increased commonwealth rental support as the payments fail to keep pace with surging rents. New research reveals half the people receiving the supplement are still in rental stress, paying more than 30 per cent of...[Read More]

Perrottet thinks big in land tax reform

Thousands of first home buyers are expected to opt out of paying stamp duty in NSW following a major overhaul of tax settings. “This big, bold policy is a game changer,” Premier Dominic Perrottet declared Monday. “We want Australians here in our state to be able...[Read More]

New building activity slows as rates bite

New home building starts have plummeted by more than 20 per cent in 12 months as labour and material shortages continue to weigh on the construction industry. New building activity fell further in the September quarter after softening moderately in the three months to...[Read More]

Helping kids with living expenses

There’s a family event of sorts that gives parents mixed feelings of sadness, apprehension and relief — and children a lot of excitement: when a child leaves the proverbial nest. Now, this can happen early during your child’s teenage years or much later in life....[Read More]

Good news for renters as hot market cools

Stretched renters could soon get relief as the pace of rental growth starts to slow. Renters endured the fastest growth on Corelogic’s records last year, with rock-bottom vacancy rates driving national rents up by 10.2 per cent. But December quarter rental data shows...[Read More]

Housing decline picks up speed again

Australia’s property downturn has picked up pace again but Melbourne is the only capital city getting close to erasing the entirety of its pandemic upswing. Home prices plummeted another 1.1 per cent in December, CoreLogic data shows, amounting to a 5.3 per cent...[Read More]

Top 5 advantages of home ownership

Your decision to purchase a new house is a significant life event, and the thought of becoming a homeowner might be a little intimidating. However, homeownership brings with it several advantages, including the freedom to design your home as you wish, the capacity to...[Read More]