Buying a home is a big step and there can be a lot to consider. Here, we run through the typical buying process you will go through when purchasing your new home.

Sorting out your finances

The first step before buying a home is to ensure you have a deposit saved. Most lenders will require you to have a deposit for your home loan. However, most lenders have loan products to borrow up to 100% of the property value if you qualify.

You may also like to create a budget to determine what you can realistically afford to spend on mortgage repayments.

Pre-approved finance

Approach lenders to get finance pre-approval so that you know what price range you can look at for your new home.

Doing your research

Start to look at neighborhoods that would suit your needs and your budget. A great place to start is online. There are lots of property comparison sites on the web which will give you an indication of the average sale price of houses, land and units in an area.

Also, start attending open homes and show houses. Take advantage of an open home and use the time to perform a thorough property inspection.

How to make a formal offer

The best way to make a formal offer and avoid any confusion is to make the offer in writing. I will provide you with a contract to start the process which will also highlight any conditions of sale. The consultant will then present this offer to the sellers.

After your offer is accepted

If you’re offer is accepted, and all parties have signed the contract you will be asked to pay a deposit if required.  My team will work with you to setup inspections and coordinate any seller documentation.

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Selecting an Escrow and Title Company

We will propose our choices, but these are negotiating terms. 

Property purchase costs

Financial fees vary greatly, depending on such matters as what percentage of the property value that you will be borrowing, the amount of the loan, the amount of the purchase and which bank you are borrowing funds from. If you speak to your local Harcourts Prime Properties agent you can quickly ascertain approximate costs for your particular circumstances.

Possible expenses you may incur are:

  • Bank fees

  • Conveyancing charges may include legal searches (please consult your attorney or agent)

  • Home protection insurance

  • Miscellaneous costs (building inspection, rates, removalists, etc.)

Completing the purchase

Before settlement your escrow and title companies will undertake the necessary searches with respect to the property and your financier will prepare the mortgage documentation.

Toward the end of close/escrow, we will work to clear any last minute lender conditions and prepar to close.  Our escrow and title companies will coordinate recording the deed and posessession takes place the day of recording.