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HomeStart's new TV commercials

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09 April 2018

HomeStart's new TV commercials

HomeStart has launched two new television commercials to live within our current ‘Future You’ campaign. | Read more

What is CPI and how does it affect your loan?

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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

What comes first - the baby or the first home?

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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

Property you can buy around the world for Adelaide prices

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28 March 2017

Property you can buy around the world for Adelaide prices

How much house can you buy around the world for $440,000 – metropolitan Adelaide’s median house price? Here’s the answer | 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

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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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

Boost your retirement plans

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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

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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HomeStart heads North

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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

Stopping the single parent disadvantage

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08 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

Applying for a home loan

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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!)

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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

Why first home buyers want to live by the beach

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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

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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

Home owners: breathe a sigh of relief

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05 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

Making the most of a low interest rate environment

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22 June 2015

Making the most of a low interest rate environment

Interest rates are at a record low, which is great for homeowners with a variable rate. But how can you take full advantage of this unique interest rate climate?  | 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

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

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

How much will I need upfront?

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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

Handling your home loan

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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

28 September 2014

Handling your home loan

Say what? The 'housing bubble' explained

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28 September 2014

Say what? The 'housing bubble' explained

The term ‘housing bubble’ keeps popping up in the media, but what does it really mean and what does it signify for South Australian homeowners? | Read more

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

Loan repayments explained

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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

3 things to ask about shared appreciation

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21 June 2014

3 things to ask about shared appreciation

Shared appreciation loans can help you borrow more, so you can buy the home you want or stay in the one you’ve already got. Here’s three questions to help work out if it’s the loan for you. | Read more

Should you buy before 1 July 2014?

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20 May 2014

Should you buy before 1 July 2014?

The end of the $5,000 First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) for established homes on 30 June 2014 marks the first time in years that there hasn’t been assistance available for purchasing existing homes.  | Read more

How to borrow more

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08 May 2014

How to borrow more

If you’ve found the home of your dreams, but reality says you can’t borrow enough to buy it, don’t give up hope yet. Here are a few tips to consider that could get you the keys to that door sooner than you thought. | Read more

08 May 2014

How to borrow 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

How single parents can get started

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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

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