Buying a home can be one of the most exciting and rewarding times of your life. Or it can be stressful and disappointing. To ensure the best experience possible we encourage all buyers to be as prepared as they can using some simple steps below to guide you.
1. Speak with your financier or your Finance Consultant to arrange the best loan to suit your needs. While your lender will identify upfront costs such as mortgage insurance, stamp duty and legal fees you should also consider ongoing expenses. These can include council rates, home insurance, strata fees, maintenance costs etc. Investigate these so you know how much to budget for on top of your mortgage repayments.
2. Prepare a short list of preferred suburbs that suit your lifestyle, bearing in mind affordability and accommodation requirements.
3. Research sales in those preferred suburbs. Inspect every property in your preferred suburb so you have a feel for the prices.
4. Develop a relationship with one of our professional team who specialise in your preferred area. Your John Cook Real Estate Sales Consultant will be able to advise you of any additional information you may need and also inform you how you can register using the Property Alert feature on our website to automatically receive notification of any new listings that hit the market.
5. When you find a property that suits your requirements, ask your agent to send a copy of the sale contract to your solicitor or conveyancer.
6. If you are considering making an offer, we recommend that you contact your John Cook Real Estate Sales Consultant promptly who can guide you if you are in any way unsure of the process.
7. Your solicitor can arrange inspections such as building, pest etc to make sure you are aware of any possible major defects.
8. Following your solicitors or conveyancer's advice on the sale contract and taking into consideration the building reports, you are now able to make an informed decision to proceed with the purchase of the property.
9. Once negotiations have been finalised, you will be required to sign the sale contract and pay a 10% deposit. Your deposit will be held in a trust account until settlement. At settlement, contracts will then be unconditionally exchanged.
10. On settlement day it is advisable that you do a final inspection before settlement takes place. This is to ensure that the property is in the same condition as when you last inspected it, and that all inclusions are as per the contract you signed.
Another great source of information is the NSW Fair Trading website - please see link below.
Then sit back and enjoy your new home!