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Business challenges of 2016

Posted on March 8, 2016 by admin

No matter where your business is in its lifecycle, there is no shortage of challenges that will affect its ability to grow. But there are ways owners can overcome these hurdles if they simply invest enough time and effort into planning for the future.

Here are three challenges 2016 so far that every business should consider if they want to achieve success:

One of the greatest concerns for many small businesses continues to be cash flow, with the most significant negative influence being the time it takes to receive payments which affects how well small businesses can meet their ongoing expenses. Planning ahead and carefully management of cash flow can help ensure cash flow concerns don’t impact on a business’s long-term viability.

The ever-growing digital world continues to reward small businesses with a comprehensive digital strategy. Last year saw the introduction of mobile friendliness as a ranking factor for websites, due to devices like tablets and smartphones becoming the devices of choice for consumers browsing the web. Staying ahead of developments and trends, like making your business’s website is mobile friendly, will ensure your business will stay ahead of the competition.

Succession planning continues to be an issue for small businesses. Family businesses, in particular, usually struggle to plan for the future, particularly in relation to preparing for the next generation. In 2016, small businesses need to spend time planning for the future in areas like succession and business continuity.

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Avoiding mortgage default

Posted on August 26, 2020 by admin

As individuals struggle with cash flow through the coronavirus, the Australian Bankers Association records that repayments on almost 500,000 mortgages have been deferred for six months. While repayments can be delayed, they cannot be avoided altogether.

Lenders can send you a default notice the day your repayment is overdue. However, they could also wait until your repayment is overdue by 90 or more days. When you receive a default notice, you are given 30 days to repay the amounts you have missed in addition to the regular repayment on your loan. Individuals who are struggling with their home loan repayments can avoid mortgage default by considering the following.

Contact your lender
Lenders are generally willing to work with you through financial hardship. Don’t be afraid to contact your lender to discuss your situation and find out what options are available for you. Lenders are often willing to negotiate short-term variations to repayment schedules that both parties can agree to. However, make sure that you do not agree to unrealistic repayment conditions that cannot be met.

Many Australian banks are offering a six-month deferral on mortgage repayments (including interest) for customers who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. If this is you, contact your bank to see if this is an option.

Apply for a hardship variation
Mortgage holders may be able to change the terms of their loan or temporarily pause or reduce their repayments under a hardship variation. A hardship variation can still be requested after you receive a mortgage default. To apply for one, contact your lender’s “hardship officer” and tell them that you wish to change your loan repayments due to financial hardship. This will usually require you to explain why you are struggling to make payments and to estimate how long your financial problems will continue to determine how much you can afford to repay.

After submitting a hardship variation request, your lender must contact you within 21 days with the outcome of your request. They may ask you for more details regarding your request; in this case, they must contact you again within 21 days from when you provide the additional information.

Consider selling your home
Selling your home is a tough decision, but in some cases this may be the better option if your circumstances are unlikely to improve. If you get to the point where your lender takes possession of your home and sells it, it’s likely that you won’t make as much as if you sold it yourself. When you sell your house on your own terms, chances are you will get a better price and avoid having to pay the legal fees passed on by your lender. Inform your lender if you decide to sell your home; they may ask for proof, such as a copy of the contract with your real estate agent or property advertisements.

Renting out your home until you can afford to make repayments again may also be an option if you are able to live somewhere else during this period.

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