Choosing or designing the right home for you

Choosing or designing the perfect home can be far more than simply writing up a list of wants. Even if you had an unlimited supply of home financing, you could still end up with a home that isn't the right one for you.

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To renovate or to knock down and rebuild?

To renovate or knock down can be a difficult decision to make. You might love the area; you’re close to family and friends, and the market is heating up; so moving is out of the question. You might be left with two concrete options – to either renovate or to knock down and rebuild. Before making a split decision, there are a few factors you might want to contemplate before making a decision.

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Can your first home be an investment property?

Housing affordability is a big topic floating around in some circles - particularly if you're a millennial trying to break into the market1.

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The beginners guide to property investment

Starting off in investment can be a confusing business, but there are few basic questions that every budding property buyer needs to ask themselves before starting to look at their options in home loans. Here are two to get you started:

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5 quick ways to update your kitchen over a weekend

Let's face it, we live in a busy world. Australians spend, on average, 10 hours a day working1 - much higher than the average. Being so time-poor but ambition-rich, sometimes you might feel like you don't have any time to do anything at all, much less update your kitchen.

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What should you check when inspecting a property?

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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Renovating in stages and on a budget

When we purchased our first home, it was a huge old art deco apartment with amazing features, but literally falling apart. The bathroom was in a state, the kitchen was even worse. Not even mentioning the yellow stained walls and dirty old blue carpet. We really had to use our imagination for the final outcome. It wasn’t really liveable, pretty much everything needed redoing, yet like most first home buyers, our budget was stretched and there wasn’t much left over to renovate.

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Decorate in style and for less with vintage

One of my favourite looks for the home is a mix of vintage and new. It can also be a very affordable way to decorate.

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Creating an affordable and stylish outdoor area

In the Australian climate, we spend a lot of time entertaining outdoors. It’s literally another room in the house, so it makes sense to treat it like one.

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How to save for that house deposit

Buying your first house isn't necessarily just a matter of being frugal. For example, it might be the case that salaries may not have kept up with the pace of property prices in some major cities and regional centres. Given this, what options are there for those wanting to get into their first home?

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IMB has a growing branch network throughout the Illawarra, Sydney, NSW South Coast, the ACT and Melbourne. We have a lending specialist in every branch and a team of mobile lending specialists who will come to you. IMB members enjoy access to free automated phone and internet banking and a team of professionals who are just a phone call away at our locally based call centre.

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