4 tips to buying your first home

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:37

Start looking

You’re happy with how your savings are tracking and you’re getting close to achieving your housing deposit goals. You may like to start looking at the market so you have a good indication of what you could potentially afford with your new mortgage. Keep in mind that you may need to make some compromises between the home you want and your budget. For example, you may decide that you are willing to forgo a third bedroom for two bigger bedrooms when comparing properties that are within your price range.

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Savvy ways to save as a student this semester

Monday, 14 March 2016 12:58

Studying at university can be academically and financially challenging as you attempt to navigate life on a student budget. Setting goals early may help avoid a mid-semester crisis that can end in toast dinners and two minute showers. The following tips could help you get on the road to managing your university sized budget more effectively.

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To pool or not to pool?

Last Updated on Friday, 13 January 2017 15:43

Adding features to your home can be a great way of improving your family’s lifestyle. For those that have the space, installing a pool can be an option. Many Australians enjoy having their own place to take a dip during the summer months.

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What should you check when inspecting a property?

Friday, 26 February 2016 15:15

Taking out a home loan is no small matter. You may be dealing with hundreds of thousands of dollars and a decades-long financial commitment. This can be true in the current environment: across the five main capital cities, the median home value was more than $700,000 at the end of January1. But on the flipside, you could be using it to buy into not only a fantastic home, but an investment in your future.

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How do you prepare your finances for marriage?

Thursday, 25 February 2016 16:08

Do you know anyone that proposed on Valentine’s Day? According to one survey, it's second only to Christmas Eve as the best time to pop the question1. Perhaps you've even taken the next big step yourself and are currently planning a wedding.

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How can you develop your finances for tomorrow?

Thursday, 25 February 2016 09:21

What do you do with your money? Do you leave it in your transaction banking account, ready to use at any occasion? Or do you prefer to make something a little bigger happen? How we handle our finances can be important to our future - with savings forming the bedrock for purchasing property, investments and retirement.

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A different kind of egg for easter

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 09:06

On average, Australians eat around 5kg of chocolate every year*. That’s 30 blocks of Dairy Milk, or 30 Elegant Rabbits if that’s your preference. And if that’s not enough chocolate for you, estimates state that at Easter we increase our weekly consumption by over 50%. Hello, sugar high!

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