February 03, 2020

How to start effectively saving for your first home deposit

As house prices start to bounce back, saving for a deposit is no mean feat for home buyers entering the market for the first time. As seen on Your Domain, we take a look at how first-home buyers can more efficiently save for their deposit.


Distinguish between wants and needs

Saving for a deposit is as simple as weighing up income and expenditure. While income is often controlled by an employer, expenditure is where first-home buyers have the most control and should be scrutinising.



February 03, 2020

Finance Update - Search Mortgages

The Reserve Bank meets tomorrow, and while it seemed like a pretty close decision, the chances we’ll see the cash rate cut to 0.50% have dropped significantly.

That’s because last week brought some good news with a decrease in unemployment from 5.2% to 5.1% — the lowest it’s been since April 2019.

Before this the market was pricing a February cut at 58%. That number plummeted to 19% a day after the unemployment data was released.

Whilst Former Treasurer Peter Costello has urged the...


December 02, 2019

How to Save Money this Christmas

Save yourself this Christmas

If the festive season usually leaves you out of pocket and feeling like you spent more time and money battling the crowds than relaxing with friends and loved ones, why not simplify things this year? 

Here are some quick and easy tips to help you enjoy the holiday season without breaking the bank.

1. Have a pre-Christmas clean up

There's still time to bag some extra cash to boost your festive finances. Spend a few hours clearing out anything you...


December 02, 2019

Christmas Trading Hours

Harcourts Packham will still be available over the Christmas break for all of your real estate needs.
We will be closed on public holidays, but our Glenelg location will continue to be open for business to facilitate sales, property management and settlements during this time.

Our office trading hours:

Glenelg | 698 Anzac Highway, Glenelg (08) 7070 2712

23rd Dec 9am - 5pm

24th Dec 9am - 3pm 

25th - 26th Dec Closed

27th Dec 9am - 5pm


November 27, 2019

Decorating your home for Christmas, while it is on the market

“Can I still decorate my home for Christmas if it is on the market to sell or lease?”

We asked our agents their advice for decorating your home over the festive season while it is on the market.

“The approach to Christmas is a great time to sell due to a large volume of buyers feeling timed out by the year coming to an end. Many hope to buy in December allowing for settlement in January before children return to school and...


November 01, 2019

Don't Forget to Prep!

DIY prep we’re tempted to skip, but definitely shouldn’t

At the risk of sounding like your Year 11 English teacher, a job well done is all in the preparation you put in. It was true back in high school and it’s true of your next DIY job, too.

Michael Duffy, former Blockhead and expert on all things renovation, admits to being “one for rushing in, picking up the tools and thinking ‘oh I’ll just be careful’.” But that approach rarely works...


November 01, 2019

5 Things We Learnt from Marie Kondo

With lifestyle practices like minimalism making the rounds in our homes, it’s no surprise Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo has shot to the top of everyone’s must-watch list.

Maybe you don’t have Netflix. Maybe you don’t like subtitles. Or maybe you just don’t have time to binge the series like the rest of us because you have a life and friends and stuff. Yawn.

Well, don’t worry, because we’ve done the watching for you. And we’ve summarised the eight episodes into five inspiring lessons...


November 01, 2019

Halloween Colouring Competition Winner Announced!

🕷️👻 CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of our Halloween Colouring Competition... Chloe Emily Rowe!!!! 👻🕷️⁠

You have won a family pass to the Adelaide Zoo! We will be in contact in the coming week to organise your prize.⁠

Thank you to all who entered, your certainly brightened up our offices! 




September 26, 2019

A to Z of items not to forget in your First Home

Getting into your first home can be one of life’s most exciting events. But it can also be somewhat daunting with everything your new life entails – including all the items you’ll need.

We’ve compiled the ultimate A-Z list of all the things you’ll need to set up in your first home.


Now you’re in your own place you can dress it up any way you please! So gather your favourite pieces and decorate to your heart’s content.


No one likes the cruddy...


September 26, 2019

Top 8 Vegetables to Plant in Spring

Winter is now over and you’re itching to get back into the garden to plant this season’s crop of vegetables. So which veggies should you choose and how can you ensure they thrive? Here are our top tips.

1. Carrot

It’s hard to imagine an Aussie veggie garden without carrots, and if your thumb isn’t as green as you’d like the good news is, they’re easy to grow from seed. Soft soil without hard lumps or stones is best to avoid weird-shaped...


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