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Preparing for a home loan

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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

Low rates build confidence

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29 March 2015

Low rates build confidence

First homebuyers are starting to return to the property market this year, but more needs to be done to help them get a start. | Read more

The festival season on a budget

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08 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

Beating upfront costs

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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

22 February 2015

Beating upfront costs

Fuel your deposit with petrol savings

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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

Choosing the right broker

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03 December 2014

Choosing the right broker

Brokers have become one of the most popular ways for home buyers to source a home loan. But how do you choose a broker that is right for you? John Oliver shares some tips to get you started. | Read more

03 December 2014

Choosing the right broker

Choosing a loan that fits

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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

The truth about home ownership

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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

Think you can’t afford to buy?

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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

Taking a single minded view

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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.
 

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Avoid costly mistakes when buying a home

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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

Getting started in the market

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08 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

8 Steps to your own home

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05 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

Research can save you thousands

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01 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

Sharing the benefits of home ownership

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30 April 2014

Sharing the benefits of home ownership

With house prices continuing to rise, one of the big challenges facing homebuyers today is being able to afford the home they want on the income they have. | Read more

Top tips for single parents

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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

What is a valuation?

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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 HomeS... | Read more

12 March 2014

What is a valuation?

Insurance routine provides peace of mind

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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

Helping divorcees get back on their feet

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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

Curb your holiday spending

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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

11 December 2013

Curb your holiday spending

Get started in 2014

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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

11 December 2013

Get started in 2014

Borrow more with shared appreciation

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22 October 2013

Borrow more with shared appreciation

Got a small deposit and think you can’t afford that more expensive home in the area you want? HomeStart CEO, John Oliver has these top tips to help you get there. | Read more

A fear of finances

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06 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

06 September 2013

A fear of finances

Picking between buying or building

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05 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

Interview tips for success

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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

Take charge of your finances

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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

Get started on cleansing your home

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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 Read more

Make a credit resolution

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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

17 December 2012

Make a credit resolution

The value of research

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07 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

07 November 2012

The value of research

The hidden costs of home ownership

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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 tr... | Read more

Start smart and avoid disappointment

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06 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

Are you ready to buy?

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05 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

05 July 2011

Are you ready to buy?

Save and start sooner

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07 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

Smart steps to managing debt

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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... | Read more

Help your children become home owners

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08 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

Why you should still buy

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05 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

05 October 2010

Why you should still buy

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