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How to be money savvy in the New Year

How to be money savvy in the New Year

The dawn of a new year brings a lot of joy for many people. But it’s also a very expensive time of year, with Australians spending about $5.8 billion each year on Christmas gifts. If you’re experiencing a Christmassy financial hangover, then check out these 7 tips on how you can fix your finances and be money savvy in 2020.

How the internet changed the home buying process

How the internet changed the home buying process

Go back ten years and most Australians couldn't have imagined paying for anything with a tap of their phone. Fast forward a decade, and you can even use your smartphone to apply for a home loan.

Buying a property at auction: what are the rules per state?

Buying a property at auction: what are the rules per state?

If you're buying a home at auction, it pays to be aware of the auction laws that apply in your state or territory because they differ from state to state. What's common practice in one state could be illegal in another, so it pays to brush up on the auction laws before the home you want to buy goes under the hammer.

Got lazy equity? How to put your home equity to good use

Got lazy equity? How to put your home equity to good use

It’s easy to think of your mortgage as a never-ending series of repayments, but every payment you make is building up the amount of equity in your home - and you may already have a substantial sum available.

Buying your first home: How to get your finances in order

Buying your first home: How to get your finances in order

You may be emotionally ready to put down roots, but there are a lot of things you need to know when getting a mortgage. After all, it's easily one of the biggest financial commitments you'll ever make.

Home upgrades to keep you cooler in summer

Home upgrades to keep you cooler in summer

The steamy summer months are nearly upon us, which means big energy bills from keeping your home cool. Here are some environmentally-friendly ways to beat the summer heat.

Are high-tech home irrigation systems worth it?

Are high-tech home irrigation systems worth it?

With summer almost here, we examine how smart technology can save you money and stop your lawns turning yellow at the same time.

Can smart home technology improve home's value?

Can smart home technology improve home's value?

It seems like every month there is a new piece of technology released to make our home lives easier and more comfortable. So is it time to make a "great leap forward" at your place? Let's see how the numbers stack up.

Do you need genuine savings for a house deposit?

Do you need genuine savings for a house deposit?

When applying for a home loan, simply having cash isn't always enough. Often, you'll need 'genuine savings' to show a lender. Learn more about genuine savings here.