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First home super saver scheme

Posted on October 29, 2020 by admin

The first home super saver (FHSS) allows individuals to save up for their first home in their super fund. The money saved in the super fund is taxed concessionally and therefore, individuals are able to save faster.

Individuals can make voluntary concessional (before-tax) or voluntary non-concessional (after-tax) contributions into their super fund. They can then apply for those contributions to be released. This also releases any earnings associated with those contributions.

This scheme can only be used by a first home buyer if both of the following apply:

The eligibility criteria to participate in FHSS is as follows:

Eligibility is assessed on an individual basis; couples, siblings, or friends can access their FHSS contributions to purchase the same property.

There are many other considerations for FHSS which individuals should take into account if they plan to use the scheme.

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The risks involved in debt consolidation

Posted on November 24, 2020 by admin

Debt consolidation is a form of refinancing which involves taking one larger loan out to pay off multiple small ones. Although this might make managing repayments easier, you may end up paying more money interest rate or fees. 

There will be companies that make offers which are too good to be true. If you feel that an offer is unrealistic and the company is promising that they can get you out of debt no matter what your situation is, you should reevaluate using their services. Don’t trust companies that: 

The goal behind the consolidation is to manage your payments, not create more fees and interest for you. Therefore, before signing onto an agreement, check how consolidation compares with your current fees and interest rates altogether. Also, take into account expenses and penalties associated with your existing loans and whether you will have to pay more money for paying off your loan early. If the expenses work out to be more, it might not be worth going through this entire process. 

Debt consolidation isn’t the only option if you’re struggling with repayments. Other options may be available which are more suited to you. You should discuss with your mortgage provider, credit provider or financial advisors to determine if there is anything that can be done. 

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