Interview: Tim Boon, Director: Total Lifestyle Credit
Kanebridge News
    HOUSE MEDIAN ASKING PRICES AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $1,526,212 (+1.41%)       Melbourne $950,600 (-0.81%)       Brisbane $848,079 (+0.39%)       Adelaide $783,680 (+0.69%)       Perth $722,301 (+0.42%)       Hobart $727,777 (-0.40%)       Darwin $644,340 (-0.88%)       Canberra $873,193 (-2.75%)       National $960,316 (+0.31%)                UNIT MEDIAN ASKING PRICES AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $711,149 (+0.79%)       Melbourne $480,050 (-0.07%)       Brisbane $471,869 (+1.52%)       Adelaide $395,455 (-0.79%)       Perth $396,215 (+0.44%)       Hobart $535,914 (-1.67%)       Darwin $365,715 (+0.11%)       Canberra $487,485 (+1.06%)       National $502,310 (+0.25%)                HOUSES FOR SALE AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 8,985 (+170)       Melbourne 11,869 (-124)       Brisbane 8,074 (+47)       Adelaide 2,298 (-22)       Perth 6,070 (+20)       Hobart 993 (+24)       Darwin 282 (-4)       Canberra 809 (+43)       National 39,380 (+154)                UNITS FOR SALE AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 7,927 (+125)       Melbourne 6,997 (+50)       Brisbane 1,822 (+3)       Adelaide 488 (+5)       Perth 1,915 (-1)       Hobart 151 (+3)       Darwin 391 (-9)       Canberra 680 (+5)       National 20,371 (+181)                HOUSE MEDIAN ASKING RENTS AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $750 (-$20)       Melbourne $580 ($0)       Brisbane $590 (+$10)       Adelaide $570 (-$5)       Perth $600 ($0)       Hobart $550 ($0)       Darwin $700 (+$5)       Canberra $670 (+$10)       National $633 (-$1)                    UNIT MEDIAN ASKING RENTS AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $700 (-$20)       Melbourne $558 (+$8)       Brisbane $590 ($0)       Adelaide $458 (-$3)       Perth $550 ($0)       Hobart $450 ($0)       Darwin $550 ($0)       Canberra $540 (-$10)       National $559 (-$4)                HOUSES FOR RENT AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 5,224 (-134)       Melbourne 5,097 (+90)       Brisbane 3,713 (-84)       Adelaide 1,027 (-3)       Perth 1,568 (-46)       Hobart 471 (-3)       Darwin 127 (+13)       Canberra 658 (-32)       National 17,885 (-199)                UNITS FOR RENT AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 8,171 (-343)       Melbourne 5,447 (-170)       Brisbane 1,682 (-22)       Adelaide 329 (+3)       Perth 561 (-11)       Hobart 159 (-6)       Darwin 176 (+16)       Canberra 597 (-12)       National 17,122 (-545)                HOUSE ANNUAL GROSS YIELDS AND TREND         Sydney 2.56% (↓)       Melbourne 3.17% (↓)     Brisbane 3.62% (↑)        Adelaide 3.78% (↓)       Perth 4.32% (↓)     Hobart 3.93% (↑)      Darwin 5.65% (↑)      Canberra 3.99% (↑)        National 3.43% (↓)            UNIT ANNUAL GROSS YIELDS AND TREND         Sydney 5.12% (↓)       Melbourne 6.04% (↓)       Brisbane 6.50% (↓)     Adelaide 6.02% (↑)        Perth 7.22% (↓)     Hobart 4.37% (↑)      Darwin 7.82% (↑)        Canberra 5.76% (↓)       National 5.79% (↓)            HOUSE RENTAL VACANCY RATES AND TREND       Sydney 1.0% (↑)      Melbourne 0.7% (↑)      Brisbane 0.8% (↑)      Adelaide 0.4% (↑)        Perth 0.4% (↓)       Hobart 1.2% (↓)     Darwin 0.5% (↑)      Canberra 1.5% (↑)      National 0.8% (↑)             UNIT RENTAL VACANCY RATES AND TREND         Sydney 1.3% (↓)     Melbourne 1.6% (↑)      Brisbane 0.9% (↑)      Adelaide 0.5% (↑)      Perth 0.7% (↑)      Hobart 2.2% 2.0% (↑)      Darwin 1.0% (↑)        Canberra 1.7% (↓)     National 1.3% (↑)             AVERAGE DAYS TO SELL HOUSES AND TREND       Sydney 27.0 (↑)        Melbourne 28.3 (↓)     Brisbane 32.3 (↑)      Adelaide 26.3 (↑)      Perth 34.9 (↑)        Hobart 33.4 (↓)     Darwin 48.7 (↑)        Canberra 27.6 (↓)     National 32.3 (↑)             AVERAGE DAYS TO SELL UNITS AND TREND         Sydney 27.0 (↓)       Melbourne 29.0 (↓)     Brisbane 33.0 (↑)        Adelaide 27.5 (↓)     Perth 38.2 (↑)      Hobart 33.4 (↑)      Darwin 48.3 (↑)      Canberra 33.2 (↑)      National 33.7 (↑)            
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Interview: Tim Boon, Director: Total Lifestyle Credit

After noticing a gap in the medical finance sector, Mr Boon’s credit service has gone from strength to strength.

By Kanebridge News
Tue, Apr 5, 2022 11:29amGrey Clock 3 min

 What are Total Lifestyle Credit’s (TLC) goals for the consumer?

TLC’s goal for the consumer is to provide a quick and easy financial platform that allows them to break their upfront payment into smaller more manageable payments over a longer period.

This allows them to have their product or service now, rather than having to wait months or years by giving them an array of options and opportunities to choose a payment plan that suits their specific needs and personal goals.

Having a broader funding option also gives TLC a greater opportunity for the client to get the right approval result.


What makes it different from other finance providers?

With a range of underwriters, we are able to provide the best financial product for the client based on their personal situation. This is alongside real people who listen and talk to the client through the process at each step of the way. Making their otherwise uncomfortable transaction very comfortable and hassle-free.

Additionally, TLC has over 1800 professional partners on board, this gives clients the opportunity to get that extra reassurance and expert opinion before they make what can be seen as a life-altering decision.

A big invoice can be daunting for clients and can often be a deal-breaker. When funding is easily accessible and affordable it is a “win-win” for both business and client.

How did you build the business in its early years?

I am hugely passionate about the medical sector and noticed a lack of funding options available to the public, in 2004 I started MacCredit a patient funding platform and grew it to the largest medical loan business in Australia, successfully selling to a Private Equity firm in 2016.

It definitely was a very hard sell to the medical and cosmetic sector, however after 24 months a lot of businesses saw the service and integrity I was delivering. I started Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC) in 2019 my new consumer lending platform that commenced in 2019.

What’s the reasoning for the pillars of medical, dental, lifestyle and wedding?

At TLC we hold the utmost importance at looking after our clients in relation to their specific needs. For example a client who is looking at a financial payment plan for a wedding will have a very different needs compared to an individual who is seeking finance for a medical procedure that their child needs. This allows us to personalise our interactions with the client based on the service they seek. TLC aspires to help every individual that we can, if there is a client that is in need of funds for a dental procedure and their friend needs funds for a holiday, we are happy to say that we can help both of those individuals, with the same level of service and enthusiasm.

Roughly what percentage of the business does each pillar represent?

Medical – 60%

Broker – 10%

Lifestyle – 20%

Wedding – 10%

You’ve alluded to the fact that TLC goes beyond cosmetic procedures including IVF programs, eye surgery and more — you note a shift away from private health insurance. Why? 

The reason individuals are shifting away from private health insurance is that they do not see the value in it anymore. Young individuals are less likely to choose to continue their private health insurance after their family coverage no longer applies to them. TLC offers the opportunity to receive funds almost instantly, rather than having to wait until the benefits of private health insurance kick in. We fund all treatment costs for all medical/cosmetic fees and with little to no early payout fees so the patient can control their repayment timeline.

Australian citizens are spending about $1 billion on cosmetic procedures every year — per capita, around 40% more than Americans do – why do you think it’s so high in Australia?

There is less of a stigma in Australia when it comes to having cosmetic procedures. Social media marketing in reference to cosmetic procedures are increasingly common, creating an inviting space for individuals to be able to seek professional advice on their personalised goal.


How has the market been affected by COVID (if at all)?

Covid has affected the industry quite significantly. Clients have had to opt to have their procedures within Australia instead of the choice of overseas treatment. It has also provided the time and space for patients to focus on themselves.  This has increased the demand for TLC during Covid and people are able to have their procedures with minimum downtime from work.


What do you think the future of cosmetic procedures going forward?

TLC is excited to see the growth of the cosmetic world as we see great potential. Already in the past years, TLC has been operating we have seen a reduction of Brazilian butt lift procedures coming through and an influx of breast augmentation. Cosmetic procedures are evidently becoming more popular and desirable to individuals, with an array of talented surgeons coming on board. This ensures us to believe that the cosmetic industry only has one way to go and that’s up!


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China’s economic recovery isn’t gaining the momentum money managers are awaiting.

Data from China Beige Book show that the economic green shoots glimpsed in August didn’t sprout further in September. Job growth and consumer spending faltered, while orders for exports came in at the lowest level since March, according to a monthly flash survey of more than 1,300 companies the independent research firm released Thursday evening.

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Nicole Kornitzer, who manages the $750 million Buffalo International Fund (ticker: BUIIX), worries about a “recession of expectations” as confidence continues to take a hit, discouraging people and businesses from spending. Kornitzer has only a fraction of the fund’s assets in China at the moment.

Before allocating more to China, Kornitzer said, she needs to see at least a couple quarters of improvement in spending, with consumption broadening beyond travel and dining out. Signs of stabilisation in the housing market would be encouraging as well, she said.

She isn’t alone in her concern about spending. Vivian Lin Thurston, manager for William Blair’s emerging markets and China strategies, said confidence among both consumers and small- and medium-enterprises is still suffering.

“Everyone is still out and about but they don’t buy as much or buy lower-priced goods so retail sales aren’t recovering as strongly and lower-income consumers are still under pressure because their employment and income aren’t back to pre-COVID levels,” said Thurston, who just returned from a visit to China.

“A lot of small- and medium- enterprises are struggling to stay afloat and are definitely taking a wait-and-see approach on whether they can expand. A lot went out of business during Covid and aren’t back yet. So far the stimulus measures have been anemic.”

Beijing needs to do more, especially to stabilise the property sector, Thurston said. The view on the ground is that more help could come in the fourth quarter—or once the Federal Reserve is done raising rates.

The fact that the Fed is raising rates while Beijing is cutting them is already putting pressure on the renminbi. If policy makers in China wait until the Fed is done, that would alleviate one source of pressure before their fiscal stimulus adds its own.


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