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COVID-19 and Business Loans: What You Need To Know

COVID-19, or coronavirus, is all anyone can talk about at the moment. It’s all we see on the news, and for most of us, it’s all we can think about – particularly when it comes to work. Whether you’re a business owner or a sole trader, regardless of the industry you’re in, COVID-19 has no doubt had a detrimental effect on your daily operations.

Thankfully, the Australian Government has offered a range of incentives and options for business owners, to help them get through the next few months. Details are changing all the time, and you can keep fully informed on the Australian Government’s Coronavirus app.

Currently, here are some of the loan assistance offers for businesses:

SME Guarantee Scheme

The SME Guarantee Scheme has been introduced to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The scheme provides a guarantee of 50% to small and medium enterprise lenders for new, unsecured loans to be used for working capital. This allows SMEs access to additional funding that will help them survive the economic downturn. Businesses with less than $50 million turnover are eligible for the following:

  • Loans up to $250,000 per borrower
  • Loans up to three years, with no payments required in the first six months
  • Unsecured financial loans, so no assets are required to secure the loan

These loans are subject to the lender’s assessment and is available to businesses until September 30, 2020.

Cash Flow Boost

Small to medium businesses and charities (non-profit) who employ workers and have an annual turnover of less than $50 million may be eligible to receive cash payments, tax-free, of up to $100,000. These can be used to pay loans, rent, electricity and staff costs.

Reduced Payment Options

Many major and small lenders have offered their current business banking customers a range of support, including deferred business loan payments, reduced or deferred overdraft repayments, and some have also waived fees.

The Big Four

Each of the big four banks is offering their own financial support to their customers. The Commonwealth Bank has announced a 1.00% reduction for all existing small business loans, and they are waiving early redraw fees on business term deposit accounts. National Australia Bank has decreased variable business loans by 1.00% and 2.00% for QuickBiz loans and overdrafts. They are also offering deferred business loan and business credit card repayments. Westpac has reduced overdrafts by 2.00% and variable cash-based loans for small business by 1.00%. You can also defer business credit card repayments for three months. ANZ has offered a 0.25% reduction in business loan rates, and 0.80% reduction in fixed secured business loans (2-3 years). You can also defer payments for six months.

Each lender is different, so check with your bank or lender to see the options available to you. And if you’d like to apply for a business loan under the SME Guarantee Scheme, or you need more information about any of the above, get in touch with our team of experienced lenders to see how we can help your business survive COVID-19.

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10 Reasons To Use A Non-Bank Lender

When looking for a loan, you must do your research to find the best lending options. After all, this is a long-term investment that requires commitment. There are two main options for borrowing money: banks and non-bank lenders, and today, more and more people are looking to the latter.

A non-bank lender is a financial institution that offers loan products, but unlike a bank, cannot provide deposit accounts. Services generally include basic and full-featured home loans, variable and fixed-rate loans, commercial property loans, SFME loans, business loans, car loans, and sometimes even credit cards.

In the past, non-bank lenders were often considered to be the last resort for anyone applying for a home. Today though, this isn’t the case, and many people visit a lender before they even consider a bank.

Here are ten reasons to use a non-bank lender:

1. Competitive Rates

Because non-bank lenders are structured differently to retail banks, they often have fewer overheads. As such, they can turn these savings into lower rates on loans. In many cases, they’ll give you a better rate than the big four banks.

2. Flexible

If your circumstances aren’t the same as other people, it doesn’t mean you won’t get a loan. For example, if you have bad credit, or no recent tax returns, a bank probably won’t even look at you. A non-bank lender will.

3. Personal Service

The big banks generally have millions of customers around Australia. Non-bank lenders don’t – so they’re able to provide more personalised service for you. You won’t be talking to machines, and your credit score won’t be based on a machine. Instead, you’ll talk to humans who are dedicated to helping you.

4. They’re Safe

Non-bank lenders are financially secure institutions. They comply with the same credit rules and regulations as banks.

5. Lower Deposits

With big banks, you generally have to have a 20% deposit before you can buy your home. For some people, when paying close to $500,000 for a home, this seems impossible. Non-bank lenders have other options available and can work with deposits as low as 5%.

6. They Help Self-Employed

Someone who is self-employed will find it hard to get approved for loans with big banks. It’s all about the risk. Non-bank lenders, however, generally look at the last two years of financials and your credit history to make their decision.

7. Fast Approvals

When applying for a home loan, big banks don’t prioritise. And you could be waiting a while to get approval. Non-bank lenders, however, generally deal with fewer customers so you may not have to wait as long.

8. Variety

Non-bank lenders have a range of products available, from home loans to commercial property loans, loans for SMSFs, through to loans for self-employed or bad credit holders.

9. Lower Fees

When you get a loan, it’s often the unexpected fees that can end up costing more in the long run. Many non-bank lenders offer lower setup and ongoing fees than the big banks.

10. Regulated

Non-bank lenders are regulated by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and Consumer Credit Code.

If you want to find out more, get in touch with our experienced team today. We’d be happy to discuss your loan options, start now by pressing the apply button below.

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How To Get A Home Loan With Bad Credit

If you have had a history of bad credit, you might be feeling a little uncertain about applying for a home loan. Particularly given how strict the banks can be. The good news is that with a lender, rather than the bank, you could still be eligible. Here’s how it works.

What is bad credit?

Bad credit stems from missed payments, whether through bills or loans, including:

  • If you’ve had a number of missed mortgage payments in the last few months
  • Adverse listings, including bankruptcy, court writs, judgements and defaults on loans
  • Unpaid bills or tax debt – these may not be on your credit file, but the banks will still look into the related supporting documents
  • If you have a bad credit history with the lender, you’re applying for the loan with
  • Too much debt – if your total liabilities are greater than your total assets
  • Problems with your company – if there is liquidation or receivership in place

How To Get Approved With Bad Credit

It might sound as though you have no chance, but it IS possible to get a home loan with bad credit. How? Follow these simple steps:

Apply with a non-bank non-credit scoring lender

Many lending companies use a system that’s called credit scoring – and this helps them to assess your application for a home loan. They put all your data into the system, and you get a credit score rating – and often, if you have too much debt or bad credit, you’ll be labelled as a bad risk. Most lenders will cut the ties then. A non-credit scoring lender will look further than your past, and they won’t rely on a computer system.  They instead talk to you and will focus on your current financial situation to make a judgement call.

Skip Mortgage Insurance

Once you have been approved by a lender, you still have to be approved by mortgage insurance. How can you avoid this? Have your 20% deposit, stamp duty and legal fees ready to go. This will save you the process of approval by a Lenders Mortgage Insurer.

Show That You’re Better With Your Money

If you’ve experienced financial hardship in the past that has created bad credit, you need to show that your current situation is better. Prove that you’re now paying all your rent and bills on time, show that you don’t have any debt and your credit cards are all paid off.

Wait For Your Records To Clear

If you have time to spare to buy a home, you can wait until your bad credit ratings have been removed from your credit file. For example, a court writ or default generally affects your credit rating for five years. If you can, apply for a loan after that time, and you’ll avoid any unnecessary knockbacks.

The best advice we can give is to talk to one of our experienced lenders. Our dedicated bad credit mortgage brokers can assess your current situation and let you know the best options available. Click the apply button below to start the process.