How to buy a home

Buying a first home? Family home? Upsizing or downsizing? We've pulled together tips on every aspect of buying a property so you can easily navigate through the home buying maze.

Buying

Are you ready to buy a new home?

Have you got your big kids pants on? Buying a home is not for the faint-hearted or the half-hearted. You need to be absolutely sure before you jump on that sometimes-wobbly property ladder. Gett...

5 tools every house hunter needs to use

Work smarter — not harder — when on the hunt for your new home. Finally taking the home purchase plunge? Congrats! Now that you’re in the game, it’s time to get informed and make the best decision...

Ever wondered what that house sold for?

It used to be harder than milking a bull to find out sales information about properties that didn’t belong to you or weren't on the market.  These days you can easily check out how much a proper...

Things to consider when choosing between a new or old home

A bit like choosing whether to shop for furniture at a vintage or new homewares store, deciding on an older home with character or new one with shiny gadgets and modern design is one of the fundame...

Tips on buying & selling at the same time

For the ultimate sugar and stress high, buying a new property while selling your existing one can be one of the best. Especially if a high percentage of your existing and new properties are mortgag...

Future-proofing your property purchase

Ask any economist or property commentator about what the property market’s going to do in the future and they’ll probably talk about a lot of things, especially peaks and troughs. Whatever jargo...

How much can you afford to borrow?

Buying a house you can’t afford can be a bit like parking downhill and leaving the handbrake off – not very smart and bound to end in disaster. So make sure you go in with your eyes open by being ...

Top tips to secure your mortgage

Arranging a home loan is a bit like going on a first date. You want to convince the lender that you’re a sure bet, and they want you to believe they’re the best gig in town. Unlike the dating po...

Saving for a deposit? Here's how to speed things along

Funnily enough, lenders generally don’t lend 100% of a mortgage – so you’ll need to stump up a deposit for your new home. And it’s not rocket science – the more money you can save for your depos...

6 tips to fast-track your way to mortgage freedom

Pay off your home loan or take that holiday you’ve always dreamed of? It’s kind of like deciding between replacing your stormwater and sewerage pipes or buying a spa pool… long-term gain vs instant...
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