Nell Matzen

Nell Matzen

Nell Matzen covers Lifestyle, Property and Money for eChoice. She has a Bachelors Degree in Communication, Journalism and Creative Writing and has been published on a number of websites through her work as a freelance content creator. An avid cook, in her spare time you’ll find Nell pouring over recipes or magic making in the kitchen.
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The RBA will not be raising the cash rate until 2024, despite growth in property prices

During October’s RBA monetary policy meeting, it was announced that there are no plans on lifting the 0.1% cash rate until 2024. 

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Guides

How to get a home loan on maternity or parental leave

When you're on maternity leave and trying to get into the property market, things can get a bit complicated.

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News

Does ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ affect your credit score?

Buy Now Pay Later is growing, and this modern-day version of layby may seem too good to be true, but can it affect your credit score? We look into it here.

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News

1 in 5 mortgage holders have refinanced in 12 months

New research reveals that only one in five mortgage holders refinanced their home loans in the past 12 months despite record-low interest rates.

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Lifestyle

How to add a fish pond to your garden

If you want to add some extra magic to your garden, a fish pond is the way to go! We have all the tips and tricks on how to add a fish pond to your garden.

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Money

Home loan commitments still high according to ABS data, despite rising COVID-19 numbers

Despite lockdowns around the country, figures have shown Australians are still just as eager to enter the property market or refinance their existing loans.

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News

RBA cash rate on hold, but economic uncertainty grows due to Delta outbreak

The outbreak of the Delta strain and subsequent state lockdowns have created an uncertain economic outlook for the months and years ahead.

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Money

More Australians using Cryptocurrency to save for a house deposit

Cryptocurrency is emerging as a potential avenue to break into the property market when homebuyers are looking for creative ways to purchase a home.

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Lifestyle

Indoor plants for your home

Looking to brighten up your home? These are the ultimate indoor plants that will thrive without the need of continuous sunlight.

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Lifestyle

How to raise chickens in the city

It's possible to bring a slice of country life into your very own inner-city backyard by raising chickens in the city. Here's what you need to know.

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First Home Buyers

Home buying checklist – everything you need to consider

To help alleviate some of the worries in choosing a property, we’ve put together a comprehensive home buying checklist of everything you need to consider.

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First Home Buyers

Auctions delayed as lockdowns cool the property market

National lockdowns are not only dampening spirits but also dampening Australia’s surging property market, with many auctions delayed.

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First Home Buyers

Australians still plan to enter the property market despite surging prices

Australians still plan to enter the property market despite surging prices. Data suggests that the Australian dream of owning a home is unwavering.

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News

Australian property values finish the financial year 13.5% higher

The end of the financial year sees Australian property prices rise 13.5%, but the market shows signs of slowing. June saw house prices rise another 1.9%.

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Lifestyle

How can you renovate a tiny bathroom

Let's make your tiny bathroom dreams come true! Whether you are renovating a small bathroom in a house or a cramped apartment ensuite, we have compiled a list of tips to help you.

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Property Investment

Buying an off-the-plan apartment

Growth in new apartment construction over the next four years may see many Australians looking to buy an off the plan apartment.

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Lifestyle

A gardener’s guide to frost and protecting your plants

Depending on the variety of plants, a winter frost can either kill them or make them thrive. Find out how you can help your plants survive the frost.

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Refinancing

How much lower of an interest rate makes it worth refinancing?

Refinancing seems to be the buzzword of 2020/21, with a record number of Australian mortgage holders refinancing during the period.

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News

RBA holds August cash rate, but banks increase interest rates

RBA will hold the August cash rate at 0.10% but lenders may be forced to increase interest rates to match the growth of property prices.

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Money

10 signs you’re ready to buy a home

Not sure if you're ready? We've put together a list of 10 signs you're ready to buy a home to help guide you through this next exciting stage of your life.

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Lifestyle

Helpful gardening tips for winter

In winter, our gardens can become a little worse for wear. But, with the right plants and the right care, your garden will be thriving in winter and summer!

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Lifestyle

15 flowers for the Australian winter

Here are 15 flowers for the Australian winter for you to consider planting so your garden can remain in full bloom all year round.

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Guides

What is the average mortgage size in Australia?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) May 2021 Lending Indicators, the average mortgage size in Australia is $549,493.

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News

July RBA cash rate remains steady, but major lenders predict early interest rate hike

The July 2021 RBA cash rate remains steady, but major lenders predict early interest rate hike.

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News

Using the Super Saver Scheme to buy a home

With new adjustments added to the Super Saver Scheme, you might be wondering a way to buy a home using this scheme. Here is what you need to know!

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First Home Buyers

Gen Z still hungry for property despite obstacles

Despite growing financial obstacles for purchasing a new home, younger generations are still very optimistic about their real estate future.

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First Home Buyers

Women behind in property ownership, says CoreLogic

Although women have made significant strides toward equality, financial and otherwise, the gender wealth gap is still an ongoing issue, as revealed by CoreLogic

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First Home Buyers

Banks lifting long-term fixed rates

Banks are lifting long-term fixed interest rates in a move to gain profits as funding costs blow out on the global financial market.

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Property

What should you know about building a tiny home on your property

Some exceptionally creative Australians opt to build some very unique, budget-friendly houses – the most popular being the tiny house. It's important to understand the rules and regulations associat...

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Lifestyle

20 steel-frame door ideas for you

If you're looking to update your home with a beautiful steel-frame door, take inspiration from our list of 20 styles and designs.

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News

RBA leaves cash rate on hold in June, despite property market rising

The RBA have decided to leave the cash rate on hold in June, despite the property market rising. Banks are also increasing their fixed rates due to the RBA.

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Money

ABS data reveals how Australians spent early access to their superannuation

During COVID-19 Australians had the choice to gain early access to their superannuation and now ABS data reveals how their super was spent.

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First Home Buyers

Ten tips to make your property dreams come true on a budget

Want to get into the property market but strapped for funds? Check out these real-life stories about how others (despite the odds) have broken into the property market.

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First Home Buyers

First home buyers driving the property market in 2021

First home buyers have been the backbone of the Australian property market since COVID-19. It looks to be they are the hope for 2021's market.

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Property Investment

One in four Australians eager to buy an investment property

The popularity of property investment has gained traction, with survey results revealing one in four Australians want to buy an investment property.

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Lifestyle

Top home design trends for 2021

New Year, New Home? The stylish interior design trends predicted to make a mark on our home makeovers and renovations in 2021.

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Guides

The fees and costs of refinancing

Before you go through the long process of refinancing your home, understand the fees and costs that will come with the refinance which you may not know!

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Property

How will the Federal Budget impact the Australian property market?

Are you considering branching out into the property market and just don't know how the Australian Federal Budget is going to impact the market, read this!

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News

RBA cash rate won’t move for three years

The cash rate will remain on hold at 0.10% following the December RBA monetary policy meeting. It is unlikely to increase for three years.

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Lifestyle

15 water-saving tips to invigorate your garden

If you have been getting into taming your garden with summer coming, have a read through of 15 water saving tips we have created for you!

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News

The Australian housing market is facing short-term uncertainty, but long-term recovery

The Australian housing market has become uncertain in regards to what will happen short-term. However, the recovery is looking promising in the future.

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News

New lending laws to be a ‘game-changer’ for home loans

Broker and borrower relationships and responsibilities will change in home loans due to the new lending laws that are said to be a 'game-changer'.

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News

Australia’s housing market holding steady

Despite bleak forecasts, the Australian Housing Market appears to have weathered the COVID-19 crisis better than expected, appearing to hold steady.

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Lifestyle

Future forecast: What will our homes look like in 10-years time?

According to experts, the technological revolution has only just begun. From smart toilets to intelligent frypans, we forecast to the homes of tomorrow.

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Lifestyle

Survival guide: fitting into your new neighbourhood

Moving into a new neighbourhood can be exciting, but learning the local hot-spots can be a challenge. Follow this survival guide and you'll be running around like a local in no time!

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Lifestyle

The top 5 ways a Google Home can change your life

The latest updates for Google's clever little voice-activated gadget has us streamlining our lives in ways we could have never imagined.

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Money

How to save and still keep your Netflix account

Now, more than ever, it's important to manage your spending and save, save, save. Here are our tips to help you get there.

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Lifestyle

All the winners from the 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards

From sustainability advancement to workplace design, the 2019 winners of the Australian Interior Design Awards produced innovative and stunning work.

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Buying Again

It’s official: These are Australia’s most sought-after streets

The adage: "buy the worst house on the best street" has never been more true, as buyers scramble to nab a bargain in sought-after areas.

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Lifestyle

10 dreamy bathrooms to inspire your next home reno

Thinking of redoing your bathroom? We've scoured Pinterest and found the most lust-worthy bathrooms out there to get your design juices flowing.

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Lifestyle

Quick fixes to freshen up your kitchen on a budget

If it's not financially possible to take on a complete kitchen redo, these tips and tricks will help freshen up your kitchen without breaking the bank.

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Lifestyle

How to find your plant/life balance

Surprisingly, plants not only look aesthetically pleasing, but they can also have a beneficial impact on physical and mental health.

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Lifestyle

Expert tips for lighting your home on a budget

Good lighting design can wrap you up like a blanket - creating a sense of warmth and putting you and your guests at ease.

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News

What does the 2019 Federal budget mean for you?

With Australians heading to the polls in a little over 6 weeks, we're breaking down the key aspects of both the major parties' budget proposals.

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Lifestyle

How to up the ‘cosy’ factor at home this winter

With these comfy tips, you'll be ready to face the winter months and choose the snug life when the cooler months really settle in.

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Money

How to make money from your side hustle

Feeling uninspired by your 9-5 or looking to earn some extra cash on the side? The side hustle might be your answer. For those who are new to the concept, the side hustle is a means of making money al...

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Lifestyle

How to bring velvet into your home on a budget

We've rounded up wallet-friendly options for those wanting to glam up their decor with velvet, without breaking the bank.

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Lifestyle

The latest home technology to make domestic life easier

If you thought vacuuming robots were revolutionary, the latest home tech innovations unveiled at the Consumer Electronic Show 2019 will blow your mind.

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Lifestyle

A host’s guide to throwing the best-ever dinner party

While hosting a dinner party may seem daunting, there's no need to fret - these simple tips will guarantee a memorable and relaxing evening for all.

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Lifestyle

Australia’s best online homewares retailers

We’ve trawled the net to find Australia’s best online homewares retailers, so you can freshen up your décor from the comfort of your own living room.

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