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HomeStart CEO John Oliver talks about all things home ownership

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Ask the CEO Finding a Home First Home Buyer

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The truth about home ownership

It's no secret that homebuyers face significant barriers when it comes to home ownership. But a quick review of HomeStart's annual Home Truths survey paints a refreshingly positive attitude. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Borrowing Tips First Home Buyer Home Loans Saving Tips

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Choosing a loan that fits

With hundreds of home loan options out there, how do you choose one that's right for your situation? HomeStart's John Oliver offers some tips on what you should look out for. ... | Read More

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Think you can’t afford to buy?

If you think that home ownership is out of reach, think again. At HomeStart, we help people get started in a home of their own - many of whom can't get a loan with a mainstream lender. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Starting Over

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Taking a single minded view

For single parent households on one income, factors compound and make it a struggle to find money to pay the rent, let alone to buy a home of their own. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Buying Tips First Home Buyer Saving Tips

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Avoid costly mistakes when buying a home

Buying a house can be complicated. HomeStart's John Oliver offers tips to help avoid common mistakes so you can save on time and money. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Borrowing Tips Buying Tips First Home Buyer

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Getting started in the market

For many recent graduates, leaving university is an exciting time.You've got the degree, you've started your working career - now it's time to finally move out of your parents' place or that crowded share-house. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Building a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer Saving Tips

Monday, 5 May 2014

8 Steps to your own home

Dreaming of owning a home? HomeStart's John Oliver gives you a step-by-step guide to make it happen sooner. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO First Home Buyer Home Loans Saving Tips

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Research can save you thousands

Doing some upfront research when buying a home can get you into your home sooner, and also save you money. HomeStart's John Oliver takes you through some of the factors to consider. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO First Home Buyer Starting Over

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Top tips for single parents

Starting again as a single parent can really stretch the budget, but that doesn't mean you can't buy a home of your own. HomeStart's John Oliver has these tips to help. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Borrowing Tips Buying Tips First Home Buyer Home Loans

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

What is a valuation?

Despite house valuations being an essential part of almost every home loan application, many people are often unaware of their purpose, how they work and the role they play in getting your home loan approved so here's some insight from HomeStart CEO, ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Owning a Home

Friday, 17 January 2014

Insurance routine provides peace of mind

Reviewing your home insurance isn't normally high on the to-do list, but getting into the routine of evaluating your cover at the beginning of each New Year is a smart habit to adopt. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Borrowing Tips Starting Over

Friday, 17 January 2014

Helping divorcees get back on their feet

While the emotional strain of divorce is well recognised, the financial stress and impact on housing can have a more lasting impact, particularly for mothers with dependent children. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO First Home Buyer Saving Tips

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Curb your holiday spending

HomeStart's John Oliver shares his tips on how to ensure Christmas spending doesn't derail your savings goal for buying a home. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO First Home Buyer Saving Tips

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Get started in 2014

Have you made a New Year's resolution to buy your own home in 2014? HomeStart's John Oliver shares his tips on how to reach your goal sooner. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Budgeting First Home Buyer Saving Tips

Friday, 6 September 2013

A fear of finances

If a fear of your financial state is making you want to avoid opening your bills or looking at your bank statement, you're not alone. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Building a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Picking between buying or building

Are you a first home buyer trying to work out whether to buy or build? HomeStart's John Oliver has these top tips to help. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Buying Tips Home Loans

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Interview tips for success

Want to succeed at your interview and secure that home loan? HomeStart's John Oliver has these tips to help. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Budgeting Saving Tips

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Take charge of your finances

Have a savings goal and need help to stay on budget? HomeStart's John Oliver has these top tips to help you set a budget and stick to it. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Owning a Home

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Get started on cleansing your home

Have you considered taking better care of your home as a New Year's resolution? An annual spruce-up is a great way to maintain the value of your property. Here are some ideas from HomeStart's CEO John Oliver to help you get started on cleansi ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Saving Tips

Monday, 17 December 2012

Make a credit resolution

Is your New Year's resolution to crack down on credit? Then here are five tips that could help you become credit smart. ... | Read More

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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The value of research

When people understand the make-up of their home loan, including their obligations and entitlements, they will be better placed to continue managing their loan or perhaps find a better deal. ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Buying Tips

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The hidden costs of home ownership

Buying a home is an exciting time, and a great start toward your future wellbeing. However, it's important to be aware that you've also made a long term financial commitment which requires careful management to make sure you stay on track. Here are s ... | Read More

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Start smart and avoid disappointment

Thinking about getting a home loan? While it's great to get excited about home ownership, it's important to be well informed. Here are three things that take people by surprise when they start their home ownership journey. ... | Read More

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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Are you ready to buy?

With experts claiming the return of a ‘buyer's market', many people are asking themselves - is now the time to buy a home? ... | Read More

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Save and start sooner

Are you struggling to save for a deposit to buy a home? You're not alone. Our latest ‘Home Truths' survey found South Australians think saving for a deposit is the biggest hurdle to achieving their home ownership goals. ... | Read More

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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Smart steps to managing debt

In this age of credit cards and retail store interest free offers, it's easy to 'buy now, pay later' without a second thought. But many people aren't aware of just how much you might 'pay later' if you don't manage debt ca ... | Read More

Ask the CEO Owning a Home

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Help your children become home owners

Most parents would love to help their kids into a place of their own. Not only does it start them on a path to independence and financial stability, it can also encourage them to finally leave the nest. ... | Read More

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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Why you should still buy

Buying a home is a journey that, for many, can prove to have a number of hurdles. However if people can overcome these obstacles, home ownership can provide many positive benefits. ... | Read More