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Buying Tips

A survival guide for living with your adult children

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03 May 2018

A survival guide for living with your adult children

Your child is officially grown up – they’re over 18, can vote, drive a car and are studying or working towards becoming a self-sufficient member of society. In every sense of the word, they’re an adult. | Read more

Terms busted for first home buyers

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30 November 2017

Terms busted for first home buyers

The terms you need to understand when buying your first home. | Read more

Budgeting made easy

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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

18 May 2017

Budgeting made easy

Renovate or buy new - what you need to know

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08 May 2017

Renovate or buy new - what you need to know

It is the question many home buyers face. Should they buy a brand new or newly renovated home, or a run down property and renovate? Here are the things to consider. | Read more

The up and coming Adelaide suburbs for first home buyers

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21 April 2017

The up and coming Adelaide suburbs for first home buyers

Here are the Adelaide suburbs first home buyers should be looking at. | Read more

Home or wedding – what would you choose?

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01 March 2017

Home or wedding – what would you choose?

Buying your first home and getting married are two of the biggest financial commitments a couple can make together. What would you choose? | Read more

The five home truths every parent should share

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21 February 2017

The five home truths every parent should share

We have the top five pieces of home buying advice every parent should teach their children. | Read more

Rent vs buy? The evidence you can't ignore

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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

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

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02 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

Save thousands when buying your home

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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

6 ways to pay off your home loan sooner

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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

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

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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!

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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

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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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8 tips to become an auction expert

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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

7 tips on where to get your home loan advice

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15 August 2016

7 tips on where to get your home loan advice

There’s a lot of information out there about home loans. But where to start? We’ve got some tips to help you know your options when it comes to getting advice about home finance. | Read more

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

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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

The sometimes-forgotten costs of buying a home

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05 May 2016

The sometimes-forgotten costs of buying a home

The first thing we think about when we’re saving to buy a home is the deposit. But there are some extra costs to keep in mind when you’re buying a property. Check out our list so you know what you’re saving for.
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6 tips to find the right hood to call home

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

The frustrations of renters

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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

Beach suburbs are so hot right now

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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

Home ownership makes perfect cents

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04 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

Your guide to auctions

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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

Don’t fear your finances

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05 October 2015

Don’t fear your 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

05 October 2015

Don’t fear your finances

The home buying process  – different methods of sale

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05 August 2015

The home buying process – different methods of sale

There are several different ways to buy a home, including by auction and private treaty. But what really happens and what’s the process for these different sales methods? | Read more

Guide to hidden home buying costs

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28 July 2015

Guide to hidden home buying costs


It’s important to get the whole picture when it comes to the costs associated with buying your own home, so there are no surprises along the way!  | Read more

Call in the conveyancer

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21 April 2015

Call in the conveyancer

What happens after you make an offer on a home and it gets accepted? This is the stage that every homebuyer should have a conveyancer ready to step-in. | Read more

21 April 2015

Call in the conveyancer

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

Adelaide's North - hottest first homebuyer region

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12 January 2015

Adelaide's North - hottest first homebuyer region

Adelaide’s first homebuyers are rushing north with affordable housing and an abundance of cheaper land providing ideal buying conditions. | Read more

Managing your home loan

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08 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

08 January 2015

Managing your home loan

Avoiding costly mortgage insurance

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09 December 2014

Avoiding costly mortgage insurance

When shopping around for a home loan, unless you have saved a deposit of at least 20%, chances are you will encounter Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). | Read more

Dispelling myths in the rent vs buy debate

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26 November 2014

Dispelling myths in the rent vs buy debate

With rising house prices and declining affordability, particularly for first homebuyers, there’s been a growing chorus of backers advocating the benefits of renting over buying a home - what should we believe? | Read more

Graduating into home ownership

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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

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