Create a household budget to help determine manageable loan repayments. Be prepared for "hidden" costs of purchase including solicitor's fees, building inspections and taxes.
A mortgage provider will advise how much you can borrow. It's important to have your finance in order before you start looking to avoid disappointment. Request a letter of pre approval from your lender, which can be required at auction.
Make a detailed list of all your requirements including location, size and features. The more specific your list the more refined your search will be, saving you valuable time and energy. Prioritise your list as this will help better qualify your choices.
Ask your sales agent for a list of recent sales in your preferred area. They can also provide valuable locality information including schools and facilities. Try to attend inspections and auctions in your area to get a feel for the market.
Once you've found your ideal home, we recommend you arrange for a building and pest inspection. This helps ensure you don't inherit costly repairs.
Once you've found your property, you may decide to pay the asking price or make an offer, dependant on your opinion of its value. Ask your agent to send a copy of the contract of sale to your solicitor. Remember, the agent is acting in the best interests of the vendor, so if you're making an offer less than the asking price, you may risk losing the property. Once an agreed price is reached, it is usually best to exchange contracts as soon as possible.
At an auction, all interested parties have the opportunity to put their best offer forward. This method is the best and fairest way to sell a property that is expected to generate much interest. To familiarise yourself with the process, it is wise to attend as many auctions as possible prior to your auction date. If you are unfamiliar with this method you can authorise someone to bid on your behalf.
If you have decided to buy a property that is to be auctioned, discuss your interest with the listing agent well ahead of the auction date. They will guide you through each step and help you prepare for the day.
Now that your offer has been accepted a deposit will be required, usually 10% of the purchase price. At this time, your solicitors will sign and exchange contracts between you and the vendor and a settlement period will be agreed upon, an average of sixty days.