Owing your own home has always been the great Australian dream and should be something that everyone aspires to achieve.
With interest rates at all-time record lows, borrowing money has never been cheaper. In many instances, your mortgage repayments will either be the same as what you would pay for rent if not lower ... so why not pay off your own home.
Think of your mortgage as a form of enforced savings. Above all, there is the emotional appeal of owning your own home - it's yours.
The Canberra Times has put together a guide of all the things you need to know when buying a new home, great places to buy and businesses that can help you on your journey to finding your dream home.
The publication also flips over so you can read the Builders and Renovator's Guide.
Often you find a home that is in the perfect location - close to everything you need, great neighbourhood, lovely atmosphere, the works - but the house could do with some work and the garden some landscaping...
Before you even consider rebuilding or renovating you need to know what limits you'll be constrained to. Money is the most obvious, but you also need to take into account council restrictions such as flood plains, easements and fire danger.
Read the Builders and Renovator's Guide here and get some tips (flip to the back of the publication).