The place for expert tips, advice and insights on everything related to first homes and home building in Australia, as well as Tick news and updates.

Insider tips for creating exteriors to last!

I’ve built over 7000 homes, so I’ve seen plenty of exterior design trends come and go..


Get the look - The Block Challenge Rooms

We’ve done all the hard work for you! Find out where you can purchase all the fantastic pieces from the episode.


New builder on The Block

We're in the spotlight as the new builder on The Block.


Signs you're ready to buy

You think you're ready to take the leap, but how do you know for sure. These 7 signs are a sure fire test to know you're ready to buy your first home.


Property extras that make a difference for investors

If you're a first time investor you'll need to consider these factors differently from buying to occupy.


New survey reveals Victorians’ property firsts

We surveyed  Victorians about their property firsts, and the results are an interesting snapshot of what makes our property lives tick.


Buying a new house in Melbourne

So you've settled on Melbourne as the place you'd like to call home. What steps come next?


What is a master planned community?

Always wondered what a master planned community is? We explain - and share what makes a great one.


Benefits of buying a house and land package

Should you buy your house and land together or separately? We break it down.


Which suburb should I buy in?

We lay out four guiding principles to follow when choosing the location for your first home.


Should you buy in a real estate downturn?

A cool market shouldn’t hold you back from buying your first home. Here's how it could actually help.


Benefits of building versus buying established

Building a home is a big deal, but it can have real advantages over buying an established property.


Questions to ask your builder

Master builder James Farrar lays out the essential questions to ask your builder before embarking on a home project.


New First Home Loan Deposit Scheme explained

We breakdown the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme proposed by Australia’s re-elected Coalition Government.


Celebrating one year of first home feels

We're celebrating 12 months of changing the game for Australian first home buyers, as part of the Resimax Group family.


What are site costs?

We break down what's involved in site costs (and why you don't have to worry about them with Tick Homes).


Top 10 pet gifts for Christmas

Whether your pet is furry or feathery, or somewhere in between, pets are what truly makes a house a home.


Tick Homes wins REA innovation award

 Last week at the REA Excellence Awards, Tick Homes was awarded the coveted ‘Game Changer’ award for our Tick Space experience centre.


How to choose the right house design

When you're a first home buyer choosing a house design, it's normal to feel pressure. These simple tips will help you make a decision you'll be happy with.


Fast and quality all the way: this is the way we build

Since launching earlier this year, we’ve been kept amazingly busy. We’re happy to report that we’ve just handed over the keys to the very first Tick home.


Wallan: Australia’s top growing town

Newbridge Estate in Wallan isn’t just an amazing place to live. It’s surrounded by some of the fastest growing property prices in Australia.


How renting compares to owning your first home

It's an age-old question – rent or buy? Both lifestyles come with their own freedoms and constraints.


That first home feeling

First home buyers have it way tougher than they did 30 years ago. Property prices in Australia have soared in comparison to the median wage, and houses are only getting...


What is “rentvesting” and why is it the new black?

So, you want to get into the booming property market to secure your financial future, but you also want to keep your job and lifestyle in an area where you can only afford to rent. 


What you need to know about the First Home Owners Grant

If you’re a first home buyer in Victoria, the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) could be a huge boost to your deposit. 


4 things first home buyers should keep in mind

You can turn your homeownership pipe-dream into a reality. Put yourself in the best position possible come time to buy with our four tips.


6 reasons why you should give renting the boot

There comes a point when you’re ready for a pad of your own. Here are 6 reasons why it’s a good idea for first home buyers to take the plunge sooner rather than later.


4 ways to get on the property ladder

Owning your own home can seem like a daydream that’s far, far away. But getting on the property ladder is easier than a lot of people realise.