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Will First Home Buyers be able to Access Early Super

January 21st, 2021
During these challenging times, novel economic measures have been adopted to help Australians make the most of a bad situation. One bold idea has emerged to help Australians buy their first home, in a plan that would allow people early access to their superannuation. While this plan could lead to greater home-ownership rates among renters and young Australians, it could also have "devastating impacts" according to some politicians.

A group of Coalition MPs is currently lobbying the government to freeze or scrap its scheduled increase to superannuation. Instead, this group wants to focus on direct measures to help first-home buyers enter the property market. Government interest follows the release of the Retirement Income Review, which emphasised homeownership over super savings as the key to financial security during retirement. Despite support for the report, however, this concept is controversial and likely to face further scrutiny.

Under the current First Home Super Saver scheme, first-h [...]

Regional Markets Rise as Aussies Move Away from Cities

January 18th, 2021
COVID-19 is having a huge effect on the Australian housing market, but in a different way than predicted by many experts. While national prices remain stronger than expected, regional house prices are soaring much higher than capital city markets. More and more Australians are leaving traditional centres like Sydney and Melbourne, which has led to rising demand, skyrocketing prices, and tough rental conditions for locals in some regional parts of the country.

Sleep, Food & Your Body Clock

January 11th, 2021

Your body clock affects every aspect of your daily life, from the moment you wake in the morning to your performance at work and quality of your sleep. Also known as your circadian rhythm, this “clock” is built into every cell in your body. While your body clock does not keep perfect linear time or follow an exact 24-hour cycle, […]

Open Resolutions for the New Year

January 8th, 2021

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, setting lists is much easier than getting stuff done. Resolutions fail for many reasons, with people often demanding too much of themselves and being too rigid about the goals they set. According to new research, ‘open’ resolutions are much more likely to succeed. If we make open-ended rather than specific goals, we are […]

Making the Perfect Home Office

January 4th, 2021

Creating the perfect office space is an important skill for anyone who’s working from home. Whether you run a home business, work as a freelancer, or operate a remote workstation for a multi-national, managing your space helps to decrease your stress levels and improve your productivity. From making a plan and buying furniture to using your wall space and establishing […]

Aussie Primary Industries – Labour Shortages & Tarriff Threats

December 16th, 2020

Australia’s primary industries are going through turmoil on multiple fronts, with low migration numbers keeping foreign workers away and ongoing trade disputes with China becoming an all-out war. Multiple industries are feeling the pressure, including beef, wheat, barley, wine, and fruit growers across the country. Australian honey, fruit, and dairy producers are also on high alert over potential tariffs, and […]

Average First Home Buyer Age Rises

December 14th, 2020

The average age of first-time property buyers continues to rise in Australia. It’s increasingly rare for couples in their 20s to snap up their first home, with the average Aussie well into their 30s by the time they get a mortgage. This puts Australia near the bottom of the list compared with other nations, with Aussie first-home owners slightly older […]

How Much Meat is Ideal

December 7th, 2020

In a modern world saturated with information, confusion, and endless goodwill, knowing what to eat can seem like a major challenge. When it comes to dietary advice, there’s nothing more polarising than red meat, with some people advocating meat-centred diets and others recommending almost no consumption at all. Let’s take a look at current healthcare advice on red meat consumption […]

Famous Private Islands

December 4th, 2020

There’s nothing like relaxing on a tropical island, swimming through pristine waters, and letting the worries of the world fade away in the cool breeze. For most of us, island holiday life is very much a communal affair, with the vast majority of small islands owned by large resorts or shared by multiple citizens. There are lots of private islands […]

Household Density around the World

December 1st, 2020

Household density around the world is widely dependent on where you live, with global differences highlighted in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Household type also differs widely between nations and cities, from solo households to nuclear families and extended family groups. Let’s take a look at household density rates in different countries, and try to understand the size and […]

Household Trends for the 2020s

November 16th, 2020

The modern household continues to evolve, with interior design and lifestyle experts forecasting future trends based on demographic changes. The 2020s is well underway, and despite an incredibly challenging start, new lifestyle trends are starting to emerge. The global pandemic will obviously influence how we live and work in the years ahead, as will considerations around living space, multi-functionality, technology, […]