Danielle Austin

Danielle Austin

Danielle Austin is one of eChoice’s property news and lifestyle writers. She has previously worked as a finance news writer with a focus on environmental, social and corporate governance as it relates to the world of finance. She has a Masters in Journalism from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Communications and a Bachelor of Arts from Edith Cowan University. Note: This author no longer writes for Finconnect - eChoice or any affiliate companies.
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Lifestyle

Five things to consider when building a fire pit in your backyard

Are you considering building a fire pit in your backyard? It's a great way to enjoy your backyard and socialise with your friends and family.

Money

Budgeting 101: How to build a budget plan

Whether you're trying to repay debts or pump up your savings, budgeting is the key to success.

Money

What are the costs involved in breaking a fixed rate home loan?

When you take out a fixed rate home loan you're locking in an interest rate for a certain time frame. These time frames are usually between 1 to 5-years.

Property

Getting a home loan for a studio apartment approved

Loan approvals for small properties can be hard to achieve. If you're looking to buy a studio apartment, these tips can help increase your chance of success

News

NSW government slashes stamp duty for first home buyers

From August 1 first home buyers in NSW will benefit from huge cuts to stamp duty, with the change seeing properties under $800,000 exempt from the tax.

News

Federal Government HomeBuilder stimulus creates buyer confusion

The Federal Government's HomeBuilder stimulus scheme aims to inject up to $668 million into the economy by offering grants to home builders and renovators.

Selling

How will high unemployment affect Australia’s property market

Over the coming years, the health of the Australian property market will be dependant on how high unemployment figures are handled.

Money

Rise of the Online Tradie

Australian tradies are finding ways to make the most of digital resources through creating new 'online tradie' services that offer increased efficiency.

First Home Buyers

How your job can boost your home loan options

Here are some of the ways that your job and the stability of your job may be able to boost your home loan options and increase your home loan success rate.

News

Pressure mounts on NSW government to abolish stamp duty taxes

Potential changes to the way stamp duty is applied could be about to hit NSW, a move that would aim to make home-buying easier by slashing the upfront cost.

Money

Teach your kids how to save and manage their money

Teaching your children about money is a task that starts at a young age and an important life skill that you can pass on with these tips.

News

Public auctions are back on in Sydney and Melbourne

Public auctions have resumed and clearance rates appear to be on the rise though experts say the results might not be indicative of the future.

News

Are Myer and David Jones still making sales?

A rise in home improvement and self care sales has shown that online shopping may be the lifeline that department stores such as Myer and David Jones need.

Lifestyle

The 20 must-have smart products for your home

In the last 100 years we've come so far - why not go a little further? The 20 smart products you need in your home to make modern life even easier.

News

House prices continue to drop amid coronavirus pandemic

Economists are predicting that major falls could hit the Australian property market soon with Canberra, Perth, Darwin and Brisbane already seeing a hit.

News

How the big banks move to minimum repayments could be detrimental

CommBank's choice to implement automatic minimum mortgage repayments is facing backlash from customers who believe it should be 'opt-in' not 'opt-out'.

Property

Solar Energy: Solution for climate change?

Australia's recent bushfire season saw climate change make headlines around the world, prompting many to further consider renewables such as solar energy.

Money

How are restaurants and bars adapting to new COVID-19 policies?

How your favourite bars, restaurants and local haunts are innovating new business models during the COVID-19 induced shutdown.

News

CBA to move mortgagors to minimum repayments

Come May 1, Commonwealth Bank will be introducing automatic loan repayment reductions to existing customers in a bid to bring relief to household finances and to help the economy.

Money

The future of digital banking and home loans

Thanks to open banking and emerging technologies, the way we bank is said to look very different in the near future as we further embrace digitisation.

News

Optus and Telstra waive fees for healthcare workers

Australia's largest telcos - Telstra, Optus and Vodaphone - have all announced ways they will be doing their bit to support frontline healthcare workers.