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Owning a Home

Owning a Home Home Loans

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

What is CPI and how does it affect your loan?

Have you seen this acronym pop up, but have no idea what it means? We'll explain what CPI actually is, and how it can affect your loan. ... | Read More

Owning a Home

Thursday, 7 September 2017

The ultimate spring clean

Follow these simple tips to declutter your home this spring. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Saving Tips

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Energy saving tips you need to know before this winter

With winter only a few weeks away, it's now more important than ever to know how to avoid an electricity bill blow out. Here are some tips to help combat soaring electricity prices. ... | Read More

Owning a Home

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The perfect plants for your indoor space

Indoor plants are a great way to transform a space and bring life to your home. Check out a few of our favourite plants for the perfect spot in your home. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Budgeting Building a Home Buying Tips

Thursday, 2 February 2017

How to buy a home when you don't earn a lot

There's an idea out there that you need to be a university graduate to afford a home, but it isn't true... here's how you can buy a home on a moderate to low income. ... | Read More

Owning a Home

Thursday, 26 January 2017

6 tips to keep your kids' room mess-free

Does it feel like you spend hours putting away toys? We've got some tips to help tame the bedroom mess. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Borrowing Tips Buying Tips Home Loans

Monday, 23 January 2017

6 ways to pay off your home loan sooner

Paying off your home loan doesn't need to take a lifetime. We've got some tips to reduce your loan term, and pay off your mortgage sooner. ... | Read More

Owning a Home

Monday, 24 October 2016

6 tips to start a killer veggie garden

Want to start a veggie garden but not sure where to begin? We've got some great tips to get your hands dirty. ... | Read More

Owning a Home

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Making your home cozy this winter

While over 90% of South Australians have some form of heating in their house, it's a good time to think about how you can make your home look, and feel warmer. ... | Read More

Owning a Home

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

How to furnish your home when you can’t afford furniture

Getting into your own home often means using all (or most) of your hard-earned savings. So there's not much left when it comes to being able to furnish your new home, just as you want it. Here are some handy hints when it comes to furnishing your hom ... | Read More

Owning a Home Building a Home First Home Buyer

Friday, 22 April 2016

How to pick the perfect tradie

Having a trusted tradie is like having a good hairdresser or GP - once you find one, you won't want to let go. But how do you find the right tradesperson for the job? ... | Read More

Owning a Home Finding a Home Home Loans

Thursday, 31 March 2016

HomeStart heads North

More and more first home buyers want to live North - so HomeStart has opened a new office in the Northern suburbs to help them get into their own home. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Building a Home

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

7 tips to paint like a pro

Want to paint your home but don't want to fork out thousands to hire a painter? If you're thinking about a DIY paint job, we've got some tips to get you painting like a pro. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Starting Over Finding a Home Home Loans

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Stopping the single parent disadvantage

As we celebrate International Women's day, it's a good time to think of what the finance sector can do to help women find independence after life-changing events. ... | Read More

Owning a Home First Home Buyer

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Getting arty in your home

Artwork is a great way to bring a room to life, adding interest and beauty to your home. But where do you start when trying to choose art? Don't stress. We've got you sorted! ... | Read More

Owning a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer Home Loans

Monday, 4 January 2016

Home ownership makes perfect cents

Turns out that the majority of young South Australians believe that buying a home is one of the best financial decisions they will ever make. Well, aren't you glad you bought your own home! ... | Read More

Owning a Home First Home Buyer

Sunday, 3 January 2016

How to throw a killer garage sale

The start of the New Year is a good time to rid your home of clutter and make some extra cash to boost your savings. And a great garage sale is the perfect way to do it. Here are some tips to get you started. ... | Read More

Owning a Home First Home Buyer

Sunday, 1 November 2015

6 housewarming presents people actually want

Owning a home is possibly the largest investment you'll ever make. So it's important to ensure that your insurance cover will deliver on your expectations. ... | Read More

Owning a Home First Home Buyer Home Loans

Monday, 5 October 2015

Home owners: breathe a sigh of relief

It is a well-known fact that breaking into home ownership is a growing challenge for young South Australians. However, more unknown is how the challenge of entering the housing market has impacted the mindsets of young homebuyers in the state. ... | Read More

Owning a Home

Monday, 5 October 2015

The key to succulent success

If your gardening thumb is a little more brown than green, succulents could be the answer. They're extremely low maintenance, forgiving and gorgeous (the perfect companion, right?). ... | Read More

Owning a Home First Home Buyer

Sunday, 2 August 2015

What does your garden say about you?

For some people, gardening is a hobby, while for others, it's an art form. Styling your garden is a way to channel your passion and imagination, and add value to your home at the same time. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Finding a Home

Thursday, 11 June 2015

What does your living room say about you?

It's called the ‘living room' for a reason - it's the room in the house that's most lived in - the place for TV marathons, slumber parties, where nights out begin and where dinner parties end up. It's also home to that extra bed you need when s ... | Read More

Owning a Home Budgeting Building a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer Home Loans

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Managing your home loan

While the focus can be on getting into your own home sooner, it's equally as important to consider how you will manage your home loan once you have one. ... | Read More

Owning a Home First Home Buyer

Monday, 29 September 2014

It's our 25th birthday!

To celebrate 25 years and helping 65,000 households into home ownership, HomeStart went back to where it all began and spoke with its very first customers from 1989. ... | Read More

Owning a Home First Home Buyer

Monday, 29 September 2014

Spring into action!

Spring has sprung, so get out the elbow grease and give your house a thorough spring clean to give some love back to your home, as well as your investment. We've got some tips on where to start... ... | Read More

Owning a Home First Home Buyer

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Think twice before loaning for love

With today's cost of living, there is a huge amount of pressure on parents to help their kids get a financial leg up in life - particularly when it comes to entering the housing market. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer Home Loans

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Loan repayments explained

Home loans come with different types of loan repayments. It's important to understand the different options, so you can chose the repayment type that best suits you. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Owning your piece of the puzzle

There are two forms of joint ownership so it's important to know the difference to be able to choose what's best for you. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Putting money in your home

HomeStart's John Oliver looks at some of the many features that add value to your home whether you are looking to buy or sell. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Building a Home Buying Tips

Monday, 7 April 2014

Landscaping tips on a budget

Ever looked at your garden and wished you could add value to it without breaking the bank? These five simple tips from Dave Limburg at Online Garden Design will help you do just that. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Starting Over Borrowing Tips Home Loans

Friday, 28 March 2014

Use your equity to suit your lifestyle

Home owners over 60 years of age can take advantage of HomeStart's Seniors Equity Loan to fund a range of activities including home renovations. Watch how Cheryl and Allen got started on their dream renovations. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Borrowing Tips Building a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer Home Loans

Friday, 28 March 2014

What do HomeStart customers say?

Are you interested in what others have to say about their HomeStart experience? Then take a look right here and listen to Moira's story. While working as a nurse and juggling single motherhood... ... | Read More

Owning a Home Buying Tips Finding a Home

Friday, 28 March 2014

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours!

Held annually on the last Sunday in March, Neighbourhood Day is a celebration of community and a way to say thank you for being a great neighbour. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Building a Home

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Use your power

Make the commitment to take action and take better care of the planet in the year ahead. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Starting Over Home Loans

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Unlock your home’s equity with the Seniors Equity Loan

If you're over 60, HomeStart's Seniors Equity Loan can help you unlock your home's equity. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Ask the CEO

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

Owning a Home Finding a Home Insurance

Thursday, 16 January 2014

5 tips to secure your home

Nothing ruins a holiday like coming home to find your house has been broken into while you were away. You work hard to acquire and maintain your home, so anything you can do to minimise the risks is a good idea. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Saving Tips Starting Over Budgeting Buying Tips

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Switch to save

Have you ever considered switching a bad habit for a good one to help you save money? ... | Read More

Owning a Home Saving Tips

Monday, 9 September 2013

Simple energy saving tips for the kitchen

Here are some quick and easy options to help you save energy in the kitchen. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Finding a Home

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Painting tips to suit your home

Looking at painting your home? Your colour choices can have a big impact on not only the look and feel of your rooms, but also over your mood and behaviour as you spend time in your home. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Starting Over Buying Tips

Monday, 25 March 2013

Getting the most out of your agent

Real estate agents come with a wealth of knowledge that will help them sell your home, but they also come at a price. To get the most out of your agent... ... | Read More

Owning a Home Starting Over Borrowing Tips First Home Buyer Home Loans

Thursday, 21 March 2013

What is equity?

If you're just getting started in the property market, you'll hear the word ‘equity' come up frequently. So, what is it? ... | Read More

Owning a Home Budgeting Buying Tips

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Why less is more when renovating

Here are some ideas on managing renovating spending from Paul Eadon of Eadon Home Loans. Strategic spending, rather than splurging, is the safest way to ensure you reap the best possible returns from your next renovation project. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Ask the CEO

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

Owning a Home Buying Tips

Friday, 4 January 2013

Be a water-wise homeowner

Being water-wise is the role of any responsible homeowner but it can also save you big dollars on your next water bill. Here are some tips to keep in mind this summer and some fast facts to get you thinking about your water use. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Starting Over

Monday, 17 December 2012

5 tips to improve the value of your home

Once you're a home owner, it's important to look after the value of your home. It also doesn't have to be a major project or expense for you to see the benefits. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Starting Over Finding a Home

Friday, 30 November 2012

Settling into your new home

After all the excitement and anticipation of buying a new home, the big move can be daunting. There's a long to-do list once you've moved in so here are some tips to keep in mind. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer

Monday, 12 November 2012

SA mortgage repayments under national average

New 2011 Census figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show South Aussies' mortgage repayments are 20% below the national average of $1,800 a month. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Finding a Home

Thursday, 6 September 2012

5 Tips to keep the pests out of your home

Defending your home against pests is the role of any responsible home owner. Termites can destroy the structure of your home and spiders, flies, cockroaches and other pests can also affect the health of your family. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Borrowing Tips Budgeting

Thursday, 6 September 2012

How can a financial planner help me?

You might think financial planners are for high flying CEOs with money to burn, or maybe only for those in dire financial straits. The reality is a financial planner can be a sound investment for anyone with an interest in their long term financial f ... | Read More

Owning a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Share your ideas for MyStart!

Are you looking for more information about home ownership? Is there a topic you'd like to read more about? Why not email us your suggestions! ... | Read More

Owning a Home Buying Tips Finding a Home

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

5 Ways to review your home insurance

Owning a home is possibly the largest investment you'll ever make. So it's important to ensure that your insurance cover will deliver on your expectations. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Buying Tips First Home Buyer

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Benefits of owning a home

Watch John Oliver, CEO of HomeStart, discuss the key benefits of buying a home, such as providing financial security and flexibility to turn a house into a home with your own personal touches. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Starting Over Buying Tips Home Loans

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Buying for a second time

Just because you're not a first home buyer doesn't mean buying a home is simple or straight forward. Re-entering the market can be just as involved as the first time around, and becoming a home owner again can seem like an impossible goal. ... | Read More

Owning a Home Ask the CEO

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