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Saving Tips Budgeting First Home Buyer Home Loans

Thursday, 24 August 2017

What comes first - the baby or the first home?

In the 70s the ‘norm' was to marry, buy your first and for women to have a baby in their early 20s. But times have changed! ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting Buying Tips

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Budgeting made easy

Having trouble making and sticking to a budget? We've found 5 useful money management apps which are sure to get your budgeting back on track! ... | 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

Saving Tips Budgeting

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Genius K-mart hacks to style your home on a budget

Need to give your home decor a lift, but don't have lots of cash to play with? We've found the best K-mart hacks to give you some homes-peration, on a budget. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting Buying Tips

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Who had it harder buying a home - you or your parents?

Generational conflict between Gen Y and the Baby Boomers on who had it harder when it comes to buying your first home is alive and well in Australia. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Buying Tips

Monday, 7 November 2016

8 tips to become an auction expert

With the spring home selling season now upon us, we've got some great tips to help you become a bidding expert at your next auction. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting Managing Credit

Monday, 4 July 2016

7 tips to manage your home loan like a pro

With a new financial year beginning, now's a good time to check up on your loan and see how you're tracking. Here are some great tips to make your handling your home loan as well as you can. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Borrowing Tips First Home Buyer

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

8 tips to get ready for a home loan

Are you thinking about buying a home. but feeling a little daunted about taking on a mortgage? Being prepared is the key to feeling confident, so we've got some tips on how you can get yourself financially prepared for a home loan. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

4 awesome long-weekend escapes in SA. On a budget.

Are you still deciding what to do on the long weekend, but not sure if you can afford to get away? Check out some of these affordable homes away from home in South Australia, and get inspired to get on the road this weekend. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Buying Tips First Home Buyer Home Loans

Monday, 1 February 2016

Making the most of renting (before you buy your own home!)

Renting can really suck. And our survey explains what annoys renters the most! But while you're saving for your own home, here's some tips to help you make the most of your rental situation. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Ask the CEO

Friday, 24 April 2015

Preparing for a home loan

Taking on a home loan is a big financial commitment, so it's important to put in place good money habits before you take the plunge. Here are some tips on how to prepare for the demands of a mortgage. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Ask the CEO

Sunday, 8 March 2015

The festival season on a budget

It is officially Mad March - that time of year when the city is buzzing with colour and activity, and Adelaide is suddenly the best place to be. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Ask the CEO Buying Tips First Home Buyer

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Beating upfront costs

So, you've made the decision to buy your own home. How exciting! But before you can start picking out paint colours for the new house, you will need to work out how much money is required for the deposit and other upfront costs. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Ask the CEO Finding a Home First Home Buyer

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Fuel your deposit with petrol savings

Falling petrol prices and February's official interest rate cut have both provided some much needed breathing space for household budgets. ... | Read More

Saving Tips First Home Buyer

Monday, 12 January 2015

Get your homeownership plans on track

With house prices continuing the steady march upwards and the challenge to overcome upfront purchase costs as great as ever, buying a home isn't likely to get any easier in 2015. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting

Sunday, 4 January 2015

What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

It's that time of year where we all start making promises to ourselves - so how can we make sure we stick to our goals? ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting First Home Buyer

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Beating Christmas finance stress

Extra costs at Christmas can make it harder to meet regular home loan repayments, or derail your home-buying savings goal. John Oliver shares some tips on how to keep your Christmas spending in check. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Borrowing Tips Buying Tips First Home Buyer Home Loans

Friday, 31 October 2014

Graduating into home ownership

Each year, HomeStart conducts research with first homebuyers to understand, among other things, what the greates barriers to owning a home are. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Borrowing Tips Budgeting First Home Buyer Home Loans

Thursday, 23 October 2014

How much will I need upfront?

Buying your first home is a great achievement but the upfront costs can make it difficult to get started. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting Home Loans

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Handling your home loan

Now that you have your home, it's important to make sure you are managing your home loan as well as you can. Here are some things you should be thinking about… ... | Read More

Saving Tips Borrowing Tips Budgeting First Home Buyer

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Budgeting for 20 somethings

Tips for graduates on budgeting after school or uni; how to save while paying off your HECS. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting First Home Buyer

Friday, 1 August 2014

Saving your first deposit

The path to home ownership starts with saving for your first home deposit. For many, it requires a new attitude to financial responsibility and learning some new financial techniques to make your savings grow. ... | Read More

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

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

Saving Tips Ask the CEO Buying Tips First Home Buyer

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

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

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

Saving Tips Ask the CEO First Home Buyer Home Loans

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

Saving Tips Starting Over Budgeting Home Loans

Sunday, 30 March 2014

How single parents can get started

Being a single parent is a tough job and can really stretch the budget, but that doesn't mean you can't buy a home of your own. We've got some tips to help single parents on the path tow home ownership. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Borrowing Tips Budgeting Building a Home First Home Buyer

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Don’t get caught out by extra costs

Buying or building a home is one of the biggest financial decisions of your life, so it's important to be aware of all of the costs involved. Let's explore some of the less obvious costs so you can prepare and budget for them. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Ask the CEO First Home Buyer

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

Saving Tips Ask the CEO First Home Buyer

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

Saving Tips Budgeting First Home Buyer

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

How to save through Christmas

Christmas is predictably an expensive time for any household budget. There are plenty of gifts to give and food to share and none of it comes cheap. Planning is the key... ... | 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

Saving Tips Ask the CEO Budgeting First Home Buyer

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

Saving Tips Budgeting First Home Buyer Managing Credit

Monday, 26 August 2013

What’s your money personality?

We are all individual with different personalities and habits that influence how we live our lives, including the way that we handle money. Understanding the traits of your ‘money personality' could help you manage your finances by recognising ... | Read More

Saving Tips Borrowing Tips Budgeting First Home Buyer Managing Credit

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Calculate all your questions

Hate doing the maths? We can help you calculate! Whether you're trying to find out how much you can borrow to buy a home, how much you'll need upfront or where your spending leaks are, there's a calculator to help. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Ask the CEO Budgeting

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

Saving Tips Budgeting Managing Credit

Friday, 8 February 2013

Holidaying on a budget

With summer winding down, a holiday could be what you need - and it doesn't have to interfere with your home ownership goals. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting

Thursday, 31 January 2013

5 savvy supermarket shopping tips

The most consistent feature on any household budget is the cost of groceries. It's a significant chunk of spending so keeping this as low as possible is one way to help you achieve your home ownership goals sooner. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Starting Over Budgeting

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Kid’s fun on a budget

Are you looking for savings tips to help your family into a home of your own? Then saving on entertaining the kids could help you get started sooner. Here are some ideas that could help. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Ask the CEO

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

Saving Tips Budgeting

Friday, 16 November 2012

Spending Leaks

All of us are guilty of spending money on things without thinking twice about it. Whether it's buying a cup of coffee on the way to work each day or buying your lunch instead of making it, you can find cheaper alternatives. Use this tool to find ... | Read More

Saving Tips Borrowing Tips

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Can versus should

Just because you can afford to buy something, does that mean you should? Paul Eadon from Eadon Home Loans helps us answer this frequently asked question. Here is his insight into the matter. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Need help? Try an accountant!

If you've discovered you're just not a numbers person when it comes to budgeting and accounting for your expenses, you might need the help of an accountant. ... | Read More

Saving Tips

Monday, 18 June 2012

Planning to buy a home

Find out how others got started on the home ownership journey by watching their stories. ... | Read More

Saving Tips

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Start saving tips

Is your next goal to go on holiday, buy a car, or buy a home? Have you considered how you will afford to pay for this expense? Whatever goal you have coming up, and however far away it seems now, it's a good idea to start saving for it. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Home Loans

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Saving for a home deposit

Saving for a home deposit can seem like an uphill battle, especially when you're buying your first home. Here are three key areas that can influence how much you need to save for a deposit. ... | Read More

Saving Tips Budgeting Managing Credit

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Credit Card Calculator

Do you find yourself constantly reaching for your credit card to pay for things? Do you struggle to pay off your balance each month? To get an idea of what your credit card may be costing you... ... | Read More

Saving Tips

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

What to look for in a savings account

Looking for a savings account, but not sure which will suit you best? Here are the key features of different savings accounts and what to compare. ... | Read More

Saving Tips

Monday, 2 April 2012

Start a savings account

Find out about the types of savings accounts available and some of their features, to help you get started saving. ... | Read More

Saving Tips

Sunday, 1 April 2012

How to save and still have a life

To start saving doesn't mean you have to stop socialising or become ‘boring'. Here are a few ideas to help you get started. ... | Read More