It’s important to know how much you can afford. To do this set a realistic household budget with a tally of your ingoings and outgoings. This will give you a clear picture of your current expenditures and spare change that can go toward a home loan. Seek advice from a financial advisor to help set you budget and talk to a reputable mortgage consultant to find out how much you can actually borrow. Even if you’re not quite ready to buy, by speaking with a mortgage consultant you will find out what you need to save or pay off in order to secure a mortgage.
Needs & wants
Establish a clear vision of what you are looking for in a property making sure you know what your needs and wants are. Have a second look at your list and highlight things you are willing to compromise on. When buying a property almost everyone heads out with high expectations as to what they can actually afford – and there are few properties that tick every box. By being realistic about what your ‘must have’ items are will help provide a clearer picture of what your main priorities are in finding a property. Consider the minimum number of bedrooms, bathrooms, living spaces required, is you willing to renovate, location and most importantly your financial constraints.
Work closely with your finance company to secure the best loan for your requirements. Opportunities come and go quickly so put yourself in a position where you know your limits – how much you can afford. If you take the time to secure pre-approval when you find that right property you can act promptly.
Educate yourself about the market by looking at a number of properties that are close fits with your needs. A great place to start is looking online, the Saturday Advertiser and local messenger. Sought after areas will attract a premium, so if location is on the top of your wish list you may need to compromise on the house or land size to fit within your budget. Go to as many opens as possible, and talk to the agent as they will be able to advise of recent sales and whether your wish list is aligned with how much you are looking to spend.
Familiarise yourself with the property & the Contract
Once you have found a property you are interested in request a copy of the contract and become familiar with the properties title, contract terms and conditions. Organize a thorough building/ pest inspection of the property and be aware of anything major before making an informed decision.
Making an offer
When you have made a decision about a property, we recommend you present a strong offer first time through your agent. When making an offer be prepared to close the deal. If there is a lot of interest in the property the agent may ask parties to present their best offer – you may not have a second chance to negotiate a higher price with the vendor so be prepared that what you offer is your best and final price.
Buying at Auction
If you are looking at bidding at auction make sure you are familiar with the property and contract. Advise your broker that you are looking at buying at auction to ensure you have accepted finance in place, that you are well aware of how much you can bid up to and have a deposit ready if you are successful at auction – A 10% deposit is a standard requirement but check this prior with the agent. If you intend to bid you will need to bring appropriate identification to register as a bidder. Someone may bid on your behalf provided they have a bidding authority form signed by you. If the property fails to reach reserve, the highest bidder usually has first rights to negotiate with the owner to buy the property.
Contracts & Deposit
Once the offer is accepted, try to organize contracts as quickly as possible. Once the contract is signed by both parties, yourself and the vendor, you have formally secured the property. A 10% deposit is a standard requirement which will be held in trust until the property has settled.
It is the buyer’s responsibility to arrange building insurance on the property from this time until settlement.
Your conveyancer/solicitor should notify you when the property settlement has been finalised. The agent will be able to provide you with keys for your new home once settlement has gone through … enjoy.