Prepare a wish list
Make a list of the attributes you most desire in a property, including your ‘must have’ features, such as location, number of bedrooms or parking.
Organise your finance in advance
Loan pre-approval is a big advantage. Approach your lender or have a mortgage broker visit you to find out how much you'll be able to borrow and what your repayments will be so you knowhow much you have to spend. Having your finances organised gives you more chance of securing a property and is an asset when negotiating with vendors. If you're bidding at auction, make sure you have adequate funds in your cheque account to pay the deposit. When dealing with Weeks & Macklin Real Estate you have the ability to browse hundreds of loan products and which will assist you in finding the best home loan rate when purchasing your new home or investment property. Please call 8258 9000 for more details.
Organise a conveyancer
Make life easier by having a conveyancer that you can engage as soon as you take out a contract on a property. We would be more than happy to recommend some fantastic conveyancers.
While your lender will identify up front costs such as mortgage insurance and stamp duty, you should also be aware of other expenses which will factor into your ongoing costs. maintenance costs, land tax, council rates, home insurance and strata fees (if applicable)should all be investigated so that you know just how much to budget for on top of your mortgage repayments.
Do your research
Invest the time in inspecting as many properties as possible. This will give you a better understanding of the market, put you in a better position to negotiate, and help you recognise a bargain or an overpriced property.
Sign up to Property Alert Services
Most agencies and all of the major property search sites such as realestate.com.au have ‘property alert’facilities. Simply enter your details and your property requirements and you'll be emailed as soon as a property meeting your criteria is listed. This helps give you a jump on the market and saves considerable time.
Pest and building inspections
For the few hundred dollars these will set you back, they are absolutely worth it for your peace of mind. They will help ensure you don’t end up with unknown problems which could cost you thousands down the track.
Visit the property on the day of settlement to be sure there are no surprises. Be absolutely positive that the property was left exactly as you had agreed upon in the contract.