How to choose energy efficient appliances for your home
As you begin to consider appliances when building your new home, or if you are considering updated appliances for your current home, it’s always beneficial to understand what to consider when looking at energy efficient appliances.
Did you know that food waste costs the Australian economy around $36.6 billion each year? Over 50% of this derives from households, with an average household throwing away $2,000 – $2,500 worth of food each year.
But just a few simple changes can make a big difference!
With an ongoing focus on interest rates, now could be the perfect time to make some clever and practical changes to your finances and learn how to prepare for any further fluctuations with our helpful tips.
Assess your budget
Now is an ideal time to look at your finances and take stock of your expenses.
Creating a written copy of your spending habits to keep track of and highlight any behaviours can be a great way to note any negative patterns. Assess your current weekly or monthly costs and note the areas you can limit spending.
Super v Mortgage? Where should you put surplus cash?
The last 18 months have highlighted the importance of future-proofing your financial security. But if you’re lucky enough to have a little cash left in the bank at the end of each month, working out the best place to put it can be confusing.
Aside from depositing it into a savings account, most of us will choose to pay down our home loan or top up our superannuation.
For individual homeowners, a mortgage is often their single largest source of debt and has the greatest effect on their finances, and their ability to stay solvent through wage decreases or wage losses. For lenders, mortgages are typically the most significant asset on their retail banking book, which means that any changes in originations, repayment schedules, and default rates will have significant impacts on their profitability and liquidity.
Great news for those still looking to build with the announcement on 29 November that the HomeBuilder scheme, which provides grants for home builders and renovators has been extended to 31 March 2021. The extension is expected to see a further 15,000 construction projects under the scheme.
With its prime location approximately 40km north of Melbourne’s CBD and boutique masterplanned community of just 480 lots, we all know Donnybrae will be a great place to live! But did you know that it is also a great place to invest?