Buying Your Home
Choosing the right home for you comes down to prioritising your property needs and wants, knowing what you can afford and knowing exactly what’s available at the time you’re ready to buy. Once you’ve found your ideal property, there are a few more points you’ll need to know before concluding the deal.
Knowing What You Need
The type of home you buy should reflect the lifestyle you’re planning for the future. Consider the following:
Knowing What You Can Afford
This really comes down to how much money you have saved or have available as a deposit and how much you can afford in monthly repayments after all your other expenses have been taken into account. Use our LOAN CALCULATOR as a quick guide to price and borrowing limits.
Most lending bodies have strict guidelines concerning these issues and you’ll often find a great deal of variation in what’s offered in the way of home loans. You can approach the lending bodies individually or take advantage of RAY WHITE LOAN MARKET, which can save you time and money by finding the most suitable housing loan package on offer at no charge to you. Once you know your borrowing limit, you’re all set to take the next step…
Knowing What’s Available
You can now go into our Property Search to check out any of our current listings which may suit your requirements. If we don’t have what you want right now, make sure you register with our EMAIL HOME FINDER – you’ll be notified immediately by email as soon as we enter a new listing on our website which meets your requirements. Using the EMAIL HOME FINDER ensures that you’ll be among the first to learn of a new listing – often well before the sign goes up or the first ads appear in the press!
So You’ve Found Your Ideal Property
The legal aspects of purchasing a home are often complex. We strongly recommend appointing a legal representative – either a solicitor or licensed conveyancer – to look after your legal rights with regards to your purchase.
Your next course of action depends on whether the property is for sale by private treaty or auction.
Your opinion of the value of the property and what you can afford to pay will influence whether you pay the asking price or decide to make an alternative offer. Remember, the agent is working for the seller to achieve the highest possible price, so making an offer can mean risking losing the property to a buyer prepared to pay a higher price. Once agreement is reached on price and other terms, it’s usually in everyone’s best interest to get the contracts exchanged as quickly as possible. Again, depending on the property and advice you receive, you may want to arrange building and pest inspections or a strata search before exchange.
Sale by auction means that an immediate enforceable contract exists between the parties ‘on the fall of the hammer’. For this reason it is vital that you do your homework before embarking on the auction process:
A Few Auction Tips
You’ve Been Successful – What Now?
Most sales settle between four and six weeks after the date of exchange. Make sure that you’ve taken out the necessary property insurance, preferably from the date of exchange, just for safety. Your legal representative may recommend a pre-settlement inspection of the property to make sure that nothing associated with the property has been altered. The agent will make the necessary arrangements.
THE HOME IS NOW YOURS. CONGRATULATIONS!