Buying Tips - Need to Know

Looking to buy but not 100% sure how to go about it? Here are a few hints to help you find your way to the perfect home.

1. Set your budget
It's crucial to know how much you can realistically afford. To help set your budget speak to a financial advisor or make use of an on-line calculator.

2. Work out just what you want
A clear vision will make it easier to find the home you are looking for. Work out which locations you'll consider, how many bedrooms you require, what other features you need and whether you are prepared to renovate.

3. Get a feel for the market
It's important to do your research before jumping in. Once you have a clear idea of your budget and needs, start attending open houses and auctions of properties that meet your criteria. You may end up adjusting your expectations during this process.

4. Talk to our agents
If our agents know what you are looking for we can help guide you in your search, providing advance notice of upcoming listings and email notifications of available properties.

5. Arrange a building & pest inspection
Your solicitor will normally insist on seeking a pest and building report. This will alert you to any hidden structural problems or pest issues.

6. Buying at auction
If you intend to bid at auction you must bring appropriate identification and register as a bidder. Someone may only bid on your behalf if they have a binding authority form signed by you. If the property fails to reach reserve, the highest bidder normally has first right of negotiation.

7. Make an offer
Make an offer to the agent. They will then negotiate the final sale price between you and the vendor. A cooling off period applies unless you choose to waive this.

8. Pay your deposit
Once your offer is accepted you will need to sign the sale contract and pay a 10% deposit. Until the property is settled the deposit will be held in trust.

9. Exchange contracts
The Vendor and Purchaser will sign their sale contract and the solicitor/conveyancer or agent will exchange the contracts. The final settlement of contracts generally takes around 6 weeks, however in some cases this may be negotiable.

10. Inspect prior to settlement
It is wise to undertake a pre-settlement inspection of the property. This will ensure that the property is in the same condition as when you agreed to buy it and that all the inclusions meet the contract specifications.

11. Pick up the keys
Once notified that settlement has been finalised your agent is able to give you the keys to your new home.

12. Relax and enjoy!