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Rent vs buy? The evidence you can't ignore

BudgetingBuying Tips

15 February 2017

Rent vs buy? The evidence you can't ignore

It’s an age-old debate - are you financially better off to rent or buy a home? | Read more

6 tips to keep your kids' room mess-free

Owning a Home

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

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

BudgetingSaving Tips

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

6 ways to pay off your home loan sooner

Borrowing TipsBuying TipsHome LoansOwning a Home

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

Save thousands when buying your home

Buying TipsFirst Home Buyers

23 January 2017

Save thousands when buying your home

When buying a home, the lower the interest rate on your home loan the better - right? | Read more

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

BudgetingBuying TipsSaving Tips

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

Want your own home in 2017? Start planning now!

Buying TipsFirst Home Buyers

02 January 2017

Want your own home in 2017? Start planning now!

If your heart is set on buying a home in 2017 we’ve got some advice on how to realise your dream.   | Read more

What AFL and media stars think about buying a home

Buying TipsFirst Home BuyersHome Loans

16 December 2016

What AFL and media stars think about buying a home

South Australian AFL and media stars share their first-time home buying tips and what they would do differently.
 
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The fastest way to buy a home

Borrowing TipsFirst Home Buyers

14 December 2016

The fastest way to buy a home

So you’ve decided it’s time to buy a home and take that important step towards becoming a financially responsible adult. You jump online and run the sums. Reasonable income – tick. Houses in your price range – tick. Savings... | Read more

8 tips to become an auction expert

Buying TipsSaving Tips

07 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

6 tips to start a killer veggie garden

Owning a Home

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

Spring cleaning – it’s more fun than it sounds

17 October 2016

Spring cleaning – it’s more fun than it sounds

Cleaning your home can declutter your mind and your house. We've got some tips to help you get started. | Read more

Using your home equity to renovate (and other things)

10 October 2016

Using your home equity to renovate (and other things)

Did you know you can use the equity in your home for home improvements, or to even fund non-housing related expenses? | Read more

HomeStart’s new TV commercial

03 October 2016

HomeStart’s new TV commercial

HomeStart has launched two new TV commercials. watch them here... | Read more

Why now is a great time to buy an apartment, off the plan

Building A HomeBuying TipsFirst Home Buyers

11 August 2016

Why now is a great time to buy an apartment, off the plan

With the extension of stamp duty concessions, there’s never been a better time for first home buyers to get into their own off-the-plan apartment. | Read more

What would you do with $20,000

First Home Buyers

02 August 2016

What would you do with $20,000

If you were handed $20,000 in cash, how would you use it? That was the question put to 250 South Australian home buyers in our First Home Buyer Confidence Index. | Read more

Boost your retirement plans

Home LoansStarting Over

18 July 2016

Boost your retirement plans

With an average retirement age of 65 and life expectancy in the low 80s in Australia, the majority of Australians are faced with the need to fund more than 15 years of retirement solely with superannuation and savings. | Read more

Making your home cozy this winter

Owning a Home

06 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

7 tips to manage your home loan like a pro

BudgetingManaging CreditSaving Tips

04 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

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

Owning a Home

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... | Read more

8 tips to get ready for a home loan

Borrowing TipsFirst Home BuyersSaving Tips

03 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.
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6 tips to find the right hood to call home

Buying TipsFinding A HomeFirst Home Buyers

02 May 2016

6 tips to find the right hood to call home

Whether you’re looking for a new place to rent or buy, finding the right suburb to live in is a big decision. And while we all have our own opinions about what makes a neighbourhood great, it pays to do your research so you can feel confiden... | Read more

Regional hotspots to build your own home

Building A HomeBuying TipsFinding A Home

29 April 2016

Regional hotspots to build your own home

Good news for home buyers looking to buy in regional SA: the Murray Lands and Yorke Peninsula were recently announced in the top five least expensive regional markets in Australia! These hotspots are emerging as leading choices for home buyers, an... | Read more

How to pick the perfect tradie

Building A HomeFirst Home BuyersOwning a Home

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

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

BudgetingSaving Tips

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.
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HomeStart heads North

Finding A HomeHome LoansOwning a Home

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

31 March 2016

HomeStart heads North

7 tips to paint like a pro

Building A HomeOwning a Home

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

Applying for a home loan

First Home BuyersHome Loans

04 February 2016

Applying for a home loan

The application process to buy your own home can be pretty overwhelming. Don’t stress. We’ve got some handy tips to get you on your way.  | Read more

04 February 2016

Applying for a home loan

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

Buying TipsFirst Home BuyersHome LoansSaving Tips

01 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

Avoiding home loan mistakes

Buying TipsFinding A HomeFirst Home BuyersHome Loans

29 January 2016

Avoiding home loan mistakes

Applying for a home loan can be really confusing, and it’s easy to make mistakes along the way. We’ve got some tips to help you avoid the bad stuff when it comes to your home loan.  | Read more

29 January 2016

Avoiding home loan mistakes

Why first home buyers want to live by the beach

Finding A HomeFirst Home BuyersHome Loans

28 January 2016

Why first home buyers want to live by the beach

Everyone has that ‘dream suburb’ they would love to live in, and we wanted to know what they were for first home buyers.  Turns out the beach is where it’s at.  | Read more

The frustrations of renters

Borrowing TipsBudgetingBuying TipsFinding A HomeFirst Home BuyersHome LoansSaving TipsStarting Over

12 January 2016

The frustrations of renters

If you have ever rented a home before, you’ll know that it comes with limitations. We asked home buyers and homeowners what their biggest frustrations with renting have been.  | Read more

12 January 2016

The frustrations of renters

Getting arty in your home

First Home BuyersOwning a Home

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

10 January 2016

Getting arty in your home

Beach suburbs are so hot right now

Building A HomeBuying TipsFinding A HomeFirst Home BuyersHome Loans

07 January 2016

Beach suburbs are so hot right now

HomeStart research shows that buying a home within Adelaide’s beachside suburbs tops the wish list for homebuyers.     | Read more

How to throw a killer garage sale

First Home BuyersOwning a Home

03 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

Your guide to auctions

Borrowing TipsBuying TipsFinding A HomeFirst Home BuyersHome Loans

02 November 2015

Your guide to auctions

Auctions can be pretty daunting for first home buyers, particularly with all the excitement and expectations about getting into your own home. Don’t stress – we’ve got some tips for you to consider, and help get you started befor... | Read more

02 November 2015

Your guide to auctions

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