The first step is to decide what kind of home will suit your tastes and lifestyle. Establish family priorities – don’t forget to include the kids in the discussion! Anticipate potential changes in lifestyle: size of family, job changes etc. Consider extracurricular activities and school when choosing your new home.
What kind of home are you looking for?
Establish the price range you can afford – even before you start looking at homes, First National Real Estate can help by assisting you to determine both your priorities and potential price range.
What can you afford?
Prepare a short list of preferred suburbs that suit your lifestyle, bearing in mind affordability and accommodation requirements. Research sales in those preferred suburbs. Inspect every property in your preferred suburb so you have a feel for the prices. Attend all open homes in the area.
There are two ways of buying a home – auction or private sale. Offers to purchase may be made in two ways – unconditional (commitment to buy the house as listed at the price agreed) and conditional (you will buy if certain conditions are met, e.g.: a soil test of the property). At auction, make sure you keep your financial limit in mind. Remember, once you have made a bid, it cannot be withdrawn.
You’ve found it…
The lender authorises payment of the loan, and payment is made to the vendor;
You (or your solicitor) authorise the vendor to collect the deposit money that has been held by the real estate agent, in trust;
You receive a signed transfer of title deed and your solicitor or bank will arrange for the Registrar