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What happens to your business if something happens to you?

Posted on November 15, 2015 by admin

For many entrepreneurs, their business is their most valuable asset. Yet they’ve done little to make sure its value is sustained if they’re out of commission. Even if you’re unavailable for a relatively short period of time, can your business keep going without you?

On the most basic level, you want to make certain your business can continue if you’re merely indisposed. You don’t want to lose money just because no one has the authority to pay a bill or has the password to access your email.

Ideally, it would be best if you don’t lose customers while you’re out of pocket, and there are ways to find back-ups even if you work alone. Here are some of the things you can address to handle short-term difficulties:

Minor expenses
To make it easy to handle day-to-day purchases, get a credit card (with a low credit limit) for the person who’s going to handle your administrative matters.

Passwords
Can anyone else access the information in your email, computer documents, bank accounts, or manage your website? Make sure someone trustworthy knows where to find your passwords.

Basic knowledge of business affairs
If you don’t have an administrative employee, does anyone in your family know how to locate your tax records, find your accounts receivable or use your software program? Do they know who your attorney or accountant are? Make a list of such details and show a family member.

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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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