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Heating up? 5 ways to cool your house that won’t cost the earth

Summer is fast upon us. In some parts of the country, it has definitely arrived. While summer means beaches, swimming and evening BBQs, it also means high energy bills, as we switch on the aircon to stay cool. Before you panic, and start looking for real estate in Tasmania, there are a few ways you […]

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5 smart ways to spring clean your finances

Spring is a great time to dust off the cobwebs and reorganise the linen cupboard. It is also a great time to reassess your finances, to make sure everything is running smoothly. Here are some strategies to ensure you are getting the most out of your money. Dust the cobwebs off your budget Checking in with […]

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Tips for saving your first deposit

Younger people are having difficulty breaking into the housing market according to the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. The report found that home ownership for the under-40s has dropped significantly since 2002. And those who have made it into the market are not paying off their mortgage at the same rate. The […]

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Housing supply under $400,000 dries up

by CoreLogic The ongoing increases in dwelling values over recent years has led to a significant reduction in the proportion of sales occurring below $400,000. Across the nation, 31.2% of houses and 37.3% of units sold transacted for less than $400,000.  By comparison, a year ago the proportions were recorded at 32.8% for houses and […]

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Tips that could save you thousands on your home loan

Around 17 per cent of Australian mortgage holders are facing some level of mortgage stress, according to Roy Morgan research. Even if you’re comfortably meeting your repayments, some savings here and there won’t do any harm. If you could cut down your mortgage repayments, you might be able to afford more of life’s little extras – […]

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5 ways to save your mortgage deposit faster

Are you wondering how you’ll be able to scrape together a deposit for your first home? What with rent, bills, other expenses and any debts you’ve accumulated, it can be hard to imagine ever getting together the amount needed to secure your first property. However, if you begin implementing some simple saving strategies, you’ll be able […]

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RBA takes a more positive stance

The housing market remained a focus for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) in its most recent meeting minutes. Mixed conditions perpetuate across the nation in different housing markets. But the central bank also noted economic conditions were improving. In the minutes, the board noted there had been a drop in residential real estate investments […]

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22 ways to cut your energy bills (before spending on solar panels)

Winter is here! Despite many Australians opting not to heat their homes to the point of complete comfort, many of us nevertheless will soon receive a nasty surprise when the energy bills arrive. With Australia’s historically cheap energy, old housing stock in many areas, mild climate and frequent emphasis on low building costs, many homes […]

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Learn to recover from the post-Christmas financial blues

There’s no time of year more exciting than Christmas – but the truth is that once it ends, it’s common to feel a little blue. The gifts, the meals, the special time with friends and family – they’re all over until next December. And also, there’s usually a financial crunch that comes with wrapping up […]

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Udaya and Nita Lohani

With their family having outgrown the two-bedroom unit they had lived in for seven years, Udaya and Nita Lohani knew the time was...

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Alison Bromley

Having sacrificed and worked hard to save the money for the deposit for her first house, Alison Bromley became overwhelmed at the...

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Nick Tinning and Naomi Parkes

Nick Tinning and fiancée Naomi Parkes thought securing a loan to build their house would be relatively...

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