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How budgeting helps empower people living with a disability

The team at Living Communities share how budgeting can empower people living with a disability.  Looking after your finances and budgeting your money is an important way to ensure financial stability and empowerment. For those navigating disabilities, financial planning takes on added significance due to unique needs and potential constraints.  Effective budgeting enables people to …

Coins on a table with some one writing in a book behind to work out how much salary for a home loan deposit in Australia

Here’s how much income you need to buy your dream home

Scott Palazzi from Loan Market shares his insights on how much income you need for your dream home. If you’re wondering how much money you need to earn to purchase property, new modelling has found the answer. The following calculations are based on the median house price and assuming the buyer has a 20% deposit. …

The hidden reality: Understanding invisible disabilities

The team at Living Communities share how important it is to recognise hidden disabilities.  In our society, when we hear the term “disability,” we often conjure images of wheelchairs, white canes, or visible physical impairments.  However, the reality is far more diverse and complex. Many disabilities are invisible to the naked eye, yet they can …

Ask the Experts: How to calculate your equity

Scott Palazzi from Loan Market shares his tips on how to calculate your equity.  If you’ve been calling your house “home” for quite some time, chances are you’ve built up some equity along the way. Equity is like the gold star of home ownership – it’s the difference between what your home is worth and …

Two gay men get ready to renovate their apartment after getting valuable tips.

Tips for renovating an apartment

Paul Gavin from LGBTQIA+ friendly builders AQWA shares his tips for renovating an apartment. Whether it is your home or an investment property, renovating your apartment is a chance to give the property a new lease on life.  Utilise the space with open-plan living While apartments are traditionally smaller than houses, that doesn’t mean they …

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Autism inclusion in the LGBTQIA+ community

The team at Living Communities share how important inclusion is for LGBTQIA+ people with autistic.  Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by differences in social communication and behaviour. It does not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  However, research suggests that individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community are more likely to be autistic compared to …

An approved loan application thanks to tips on how to strengthen your loan application

Eight ways to strengthen your loan application

Scott Palazzi from Loan Market shares his tips to strengthen your loan application. Here are some quick tips to enhance your creditworthiness when seeking a loan: Review your credit report Obtain a complimentary copy of your credit report to ensure accuracy. Rectify any errors promptly by contacting the credit reporting agency. Evaluate your spending habits …

A gay couple hold in each other in a nicely renovated bathroom after they made improvements.

Tips for creating a relaxing bathroom

Paul Gavin from LGBTQIA+ friendly builders AQWA shares his tips for improving your bathroom to create a relaxing oasis. For a lot of people, their bathroom is an oasis of rest and relaxation. If your current bathroom is less than ideal when it comes to inducing a sense of relaxation, there are plenty of ways …

Living communities for those living with a disability

The importance of community for those living with a disability

The team at Living Communities share how important community is for LGBTQA+ people living with a disability.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO) “wellbeing is fundamental to quality of life, enabling people to experience life as meaningful and to be creative and active citizens.”   Many people in our community do not always benefit …

A small house with coins in front with a person holding it in their hands. They are planning to get a financial loan to build or renovate a house.

Getting the financial foundations set for building a home

Scott Palazzi from Loan Market shares his tips on setting up your financial foundation for building or renovating a home.  The process of building or renovating a home is often challenging with the most daunting aspect being the organization of finances.  If you’ve gone through it before, you understand that it can be more complex …

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