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From the style of the season right through to what to expect when you are building, we cover a range of topics in this blog, updated weekly. Keep up to date with the latest news, views and happenings at New Living Homes

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Guide to Selecting the Right Home loan

May 15, 2019

Guide to Selecting the Right Home loan Home loans are an important part of buying a house. Some people might even say that getting the right home loan is even more important than getting the right property! Unless you are one of the tiny proportion of people who can afford to buy a house outright,…

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Building a Home Versus Buying an Existing Home

May 8, 2019

Building a Home versus Buying an Existing Home It’s an argument that seems to go around without any end in sight. It can be easy to think buying an existing house is the easier option, but there are numerous downsides to this approach. Building a house also has its drawbacks, but many substantial advantages  –…

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Have a Blueprint for your New Home

May 1, 2019

Have a Blueprint for your new Home Whether you are thinking about buying an old house or a new house, it helps to have a picture of the house you want to live in first. Because every human is unique it isn’t unreasonable to assume that we’re all going to have our own ideas about…

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Dos and Don’ts for First Home Buyers

April 24, 2019

Dos and Don’ts for First Home Buyers Buying your first house can be extremely stressful. It is probably the biggest financial commitment you have ever made and will play a big role in determining your quality of life over the coming years. It could be the best decision you ever make, or one of the…

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Security Essentials for your Home

April 17, 2019

Security Essentials for your Home The threat of break-ins and home invasions is enough to keep anyone up at night. Thankfully, in Australia the reality of the likelihood of these kinds of occurrences is extremely low and falling but nonetheless it is advisable to make your home secure. Realistically, if someone is skilled and desperate…

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7 Creative and Fun DIY Projects for your Home

April 11, 2019

7 Creative and Fun DIY Projects for your Home There is no better way to inject some personality into your home than by putting your hands to work building craft projects. Everyone can make art and it is a great to learn and practice new skills in collaboration with friends and family. In this article…

Home Design Ideas to Keep You Cool

January 29, 2018

The world keeps getting warmer and, with sustainability more important than ever, simply building bigger air conditioning units isn’t a good solution. Luckily, there are many ways you can keep your home cool by making smart decisions during the design or renovation process. What’s Your Home’s Orientation? If you’re building a new house, you are…

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Taking Your Kitchen Design to the Next Level

January 8, 2018

The kitchen is the centre of most homes, whether you’re cooking your family dinner, entertaining friends with drinks and snacks, or enjoying testing a new recipe on your own. The modern kitchen, when well-designed, serves the same function that the hearth or campfire did in ancient times. It is a functional space that is also…

Create the Luxury Bathroom of Your Dreams

December 21, 2017

These days, many Australians feel stretched thin when dealing with the stresses of life. The importance of relaxation is increasingly recognised as an important aspect of physical and mental wellness, rather than simple self-indulgence. With that in mind, now you can justify creating a luxurious bathroom in your home to your partner! As if you…

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Save for Your First Home with These 5 Budgeting Tips

December 7, 2017

The perils of renting are many; for one thing, it’s expensive. In regional NSW, people spend almost a quarter of everything they earn on rent, move to Sydney and that shoots up to around 40%. That means close to half of the money a Sydneysider earns evaporates, paying for accommodation that is essentially temporary. Add…

What ‘Affordable Housing’ Really Means

November 23, 2017

The growing gap between the money needed to buy a home and household incomes, especially in younger demographics, has led many commentators to declare the dream of homeownership over. The rate of homeownership among Aussies aged 25-34 plummeted between 1982 and 2011 to just 34%. House prices have been outstripping growth in wages so, in…

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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Home

November 9, 2017

Building a home should be, and often is, an exciting journey of fulfilling lifelong dreams. However, it needs to be approached carefully to avoid the process becoming a terrifying manifestation of your budget and timeline nightmares! Here are some common problems that can occur when building a home and how to avoid them. Avoid Inadequate…

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