Living for the moment. Carefree long wavy hair and lots of paisley clothes. Sounds blissful, but in reality you might feel better having read the menu online before going to dinner. Or having skipped to the end of a book to make sure the dog doesn’t die. If you’re looking to buy your first home and you’d like to know what’s ahead then read on for an end to end look at what happens when you buy a house. Spoiler alert: no dogs die.
Before you start going to auctions and bidding wildly on whatever takes your fancy you need a pre-approval from a bank.
A pre-approval is a letter of offer of finance. It is basically a promise from a bank or finance company to lend you up to a maximum sum of money. It may have a list of conditions you need to meet, this is called a conditional letter of offer. A pre-approval with no conditions is creatively called an unconditional letter of offer.
There is always an expiry date to a letter of offer, usually 2-3 months from the date of the pre-approval. This isn’t long but don’t worry, you can renew the offer making it ultimately valid for 6 months. Contacting a mortgage broker is the first step to determine whether you are ready to apply for pre-approval and to get the ball rolling. Don’t have a mortgage broker? Well luckily that’s what we do! Contact one of our brokers today.
Getting pre-approval comes down to:
Your broker will take you through the process but if you love being prepared then check out How Can I Get a Mortgage? and Preparing for Your Mortgage: Documentation to go straight to the top of the class. Or just look at 3 Things First Home Buyers Can Do Today for a solid B+.
So you have your pre-approval, it’s time to put on your shoes and go hunting. To be specific, put on your slip-on shoes as those babies will be coming off every open home you go to.
Check out these articles to help you navigate your choices:
Once you’ve found a property you’d like to buy, do your due diligence. This usually means:
With the advice of your lawyer and mortgage broker you will decide whether you are making a conditional or unconditional offer.
Common conditions within an offer:
If you are making an unconditional offer you will need to work with your broker to get the property approved by the bank before you submit your offer. Note that all bids at auction are unconditional.
Check out these articles to help you understand the main types of property sales:
First off all – woohoo! Congratulations, you’re nearly there! If your offer was unconditional, now is the time you pay the deposit. It’s usually 10% and is non-refundable. If your offer was conditional then it’s time to work with the relevant parties to meet the conditions within the agreed timeframe. Once conditions are met it’s time to pay that deposit.
Once you’ve gone unconditional you can start preparing for settlement day.
Two weeks out:
One week out:
Two days out:
Step 4 to buying a first home: settlement day
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