Top 8 tips for buying your first home
1. Know what you can afford
Look at your monthly household income and outgoing expenses. Be honest with yourself and don’t spread your finances too thin just to make the numbers work. Be realistic so when you move into your new home you can still live a moderately comfortable lifestyle.
2. Decide what you want
Do you want three bedrooms or four? A big backyard for the kids or a theatre room? Look at different house plans and design options to get a feel for what your search criteria is before you start pounding the pavement looking for the right home. It will save you time and will give you a realistic expectation of what’s out there compared to what you can afford.
3. Get pre-approval
Don’t start shopping around for your dream home until the bank has given you the A-Okay to do so. Having pre-approval gives you the upper hand as a buyer, - you know what you can and can’t afford.
4. Find a location
Do you want to live near the city, near the beach, or close to schools? Narrowing down your immediate household needs will help you identify suitable suburbs, which in turn narrows down your searching time.
5. Consider surrounding suburbs
Sometimes, your ideal suburb is out of reach price-wise. That’s not to say you can’t live close by. Consider more affordable, neighbouring suburbs. If you’re attracted to an area because of its rising value, remember that may spill over into surrounding suburbs.
6. Do your research
Now that you’ve found where you want to live, jump online and start researching average house prices, how many houses are being sold vs bought in that area and the average age of people living around you. All these factors will paint a clearer picture for you so you know that you’re getting your next property at a fair price in an area that fits your criteria.
7. Have a coffee, locally
You’ve earned this one!All that research has tired you out, right? Well, this isn’t an opportunity to rest - it’s a bit of field work for you. To make sure the area you’re interested in lives up to your expectations, hit the streets and visit some cafes and shops in the area.
8. Talk to the experts
Speak to several local agents to see what’s going on in the market. They’re also going to be able to answer some of the questions you might have after all your investigating.
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Posted by First Home Buyers Direct on 20 April 2017 | 0 comments
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