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Episode 1 - Guy tries to buy a house

I’m Guy Williams and my whole life I've lived with my mum and my dad. Now I've finally decided it's the right time for me to find a place of my own. Follow me on my quest to buy a house. Feeling a ...

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5 signs that your parents want you to move out

Still living at home? Here's 5 signs your parents want to show you the front door… If you're anything like us, your parents were proud and upset the day you left for uni. When you came back during...

Signs that your flatting days are over

Your food’s missing from the fridge again and someone you don’t know appears to be eating it in your lounge. Your landlord’s just increased the rent and it’s becoming obvious that the draughty, col...

Episode 2 - Guy tries to buy a house

Clearly Guy needs a bit of help on this journey. Luckily he has Christian helping him, one of Westpac's Mobile Mortgage Managers. Feeling a bit like Guy? Over renting, over parents, over being ex...

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To buy or to rent? That's the question

There are great reasons to own a home, and great reasons to rent. Weigh up each to decide which is the right option for you at the moment. Home ownership isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, so don’t fee...

Can you afford to buy property?

First things first – you’ll want to figure out where you stand financially. That includes what you’ll need for a deposit, how much you might be able to borrow, and looking into things like how Kiwi...

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Episode 3 - Guy tries to buy a house

Guy’s savings plan hasn’t quite been going to plan. Fortunately, Westpac's Mobile Mortgage Manager, Christian, lets him know about the range of low deposit options that can get him underway.  Feel...

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How to save for your first home deposit

Ever since piggy banks were invented, learning to save is a skill that some seem to be better at than others. If you’re more inclined to spend, it’s never too late to learn something new; there’s ...

Costs for certain types of homes

When you're buying a house or apartment, its age, quality of build and other factors could affect the costs you may face in the future. So here are some things to keep in mind while you're out hous...

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Episode 4 - Guy tries to buy a house

This week, Guy learns that he could apply for conditional home loan approval in about the same time it takes to watch this episode .  Feeling a bit like Guy? Over renting, over parents, over being...

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