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Home owner tips and guides

Buying your first home? Upsizing or downsizing? Or buying an investment property?

Our home owner tips and guides can help you, whether you're at the planning and budgeting stage, ready for settlement, considering selling your property, or looking to protect it with home insurance. 

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How much do you really need for a house deposit?

It depends on a range of factors – from how much a lender is willing to lend to you, to whether you’re willing to pay a little more on the loan.



How to save for a house deposit – the smart way

When you’re saving up for a house deposit, every little tactic can help. Here are some suggestions for reaching your savings goal.



Key things you need to know about Lenders Mortgage Insurance

Finding it difficult to save up a 20% home loan deposit? You might still be able to borrow from a lender, but you may have to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance.



Getting to know the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG)

Eligible first home buyers may get money from the government to help them buy their first home. It’s called the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG).



The unexpected costs to consider when buying a house

There’s more to buying a house than meets the eye. It can help to tally up all the costs of home-buying before you start.



How a guarantor could help you buy your first property sooner

When you’re trying to save a deposit, it can feel like you’re trapped on a frustrating merry-go-round.


Planning and budgeting


Home loan deposits explained

If you’re saving hard for your deposit, you may be wondering why you need one and what exactly you’re meant to do with it.



What you want vs what you need

When you’re house hunting, it pays to recognise the difference between things you actually need and those that could turn out to be expensive indulgences.



Home loan Frequently Asked Questions

We answer frequently asked questions about home loans to help you through the property buying process.


Ready to buy


Making an offer on a property: step by step

Making an offer on a property is a process that seems to be shrouded in mystery. We break down the steps to make it easier.



Reasons to consider building and pest inspections

A house or apartment might look great at an open for inspection. But costly structural problems could be hidden behind that fresh coat of paint or under the new carpet.



A property report can help you pay the right price

When you fall in love with a property, it’s possible to get carried away. A property report can help you strike a balance between your heart and your head.


Buying and settlement


Do you need a conveyancer?

When you transfer a home into your name, a conveyancer could help you check that no legal issues will affect your ownership or use of the property.



Why bank valuation and purchase price can differ

When you buy a property you might assume you’ve paid market value for it. More often than not you’d be right.



The documents you need for your home loan application

Make the home loan application process smoother by organising your documents before your start your application.


Selling your home


Typical costs of selling a property

When you’re selling your house it’s easy to underestimate the costs involved. You’ll need to consider everything, from fixing the garden fence to paying legal fees.



8 steps for selling your home

You’ve decided it’s time to sell your home. Where do you start?



Preparing your house for sale

First impressions count in real estate. If buyers like what they see it may produce a better result when you sell your house.


Protecting your home


Who is responsible for insurance during the settlement period?

It’s important to find out when home insurance becomes your responsibility.



Home and contents insurance FAQs

Learn how premiums are calculated, what of your home and contents can be covered while you’re travelling, how to reduce your premium, and more.



Is your home protected with the right insurance?

The type of insurance that’s right for you depends on your circumstances – including your life stage, whether you’re single or partnered, and whether you have dependents. Make sure you choose the right one.


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