Buying a home is one of the largest and most complex purchases you’re ever likely to make. And getting it wrong can have a significant impact on both your financial and emotional health. That’s why it’s important to take time to fully research and understand the process and the complexities that go along with home buying. Here are our home buyer traps to avoid.
Not Getting Pre-approved
In this highly competitive property market, getting a pre-approval for a mortgage is absolutely the first step in the home buying process. And while the amount of paperwork involved may put you off, not getting pre-approved before looking for a property will ultimately cost you.
Securing a pre-approval helps define your property search so you know what price range you can realistically afford. It also shows the seller that you’re serious about buying, and it’s an absolute must-have if you’re buying at auction.
Not saving a deposit
At the very least, you need to have saved a 10 per cent deposit of the property value. If you have less than this, you still have a few options: you could ask a family member to gift you part of the deposit, or act as a guarantor on your home loan. Either way, lenders want to see you are capable of saving a deposit.
Not doing your homework
Defining what it is you’re looking for in a home is an essential part of the home buying process. Before you attend an open house, consider what it is that’s important to you in buying a property: for example, living closer to work or schools, a family lifestyle with a large garden, access to public transport.
Research reliable property data to get a realistic idea of property prices and what you can expect to buy for your budget. Remember to factor in the costs associated with buying, like mortgage registration and transfer fees, loan application and establishment fees, and Lenders Mortgage Insurance if you’re borrowing more than 80 per cent of the property value.
Not working with a mortgage broker
Mortgage brokers have access to a far bigger pool of financial resources and can often secure finance for buyers who have been turned down in the past. In many instances, mortgage brokers are able to negotiate sharper interest rates or terms. Most importantly, they’re experienced in dealing with and understanding lending policies of different lenders, so are able to guide you through the home buying process and ensure you make the best decisions.
Get in touch with our team today if you need assistance or advice around the home buying process.