Essential Points to Remember When Buying a Home

Purchasing a home is a significant financial and emotional investment. Amidst the excitement and challenges, it’s easy to overlook crucial details that could impact your buying experience. To help you navigate this journey, our real estate experts have compiled a list of seven key factors that many first-time buyers often forget.  

1. Pre-Approval for a Home Loan  

Pre-approval, or conditional approval, is when a lender agrees to a home loan in principle. However, this isn’t a guarantee. You’ll need to provide more details to the lender when applying for an unconditional loan, which might still be rejected. Pre-approval typically lasts for three months, during which your final interest rate may change, affecting the amount you can borrow.  

2. Understanding Your Credit Score  

Your credit score is a critical number that lenders use to assess your ability to repay a home loan. This score is based on your borrowing history, the number of credit applications you’ve made, and your repayment track record. Please check your credit score before you reach out to a lender to understand your borrowing capacity.  

3. Stamp Duty  

Stamp duty, or transfer duty is a tax levied by state or territory governments on certain purchases, including buying a home, land or investment property. It is paid at settlement and is calculated on a number of factors including location of the home and the properties value. If you’re purchasing your first home, you might be exempt from paying stamp duty if you qualify for the state-based First Home Owners Grant. 

4. The Role of Conveyancers  

Conveyancers specialise in real estate transactions, preparing and lodging all necessary legal documents for a home purchase, including the sales contract and land transfer details. While they aren’t necessarily lawyers, their expertise in real estate law is invaluable in ensuring a smooth transaction.  

5. Building and Pest Inspections  

Before signing a sales contract, you may want to conduct a building and pest inspection. These inspections identify structural, pest, and other hidden issues in a property. Before signing a sales contract, you may want to conduct a building and pest inspection. These inspections can identify potential structural or pest issues, which helps you make informed and proactive decisions about the property. 

6. Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)  

Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) is an additional fee payable when your home loan deposit is less than 20% of the property’s value. This insurance protects the lender if you default on the loan. Understanding this cost is essential, as it can significantly affect your overall budget.  

Conclusion  

Remembering these essential points can help you make informed decisions and avoid potential pitfalls in your home-buying journey. For personalised advice and guidance, feel free to reach out to our experienced real estate agents.   By keeping these factors in mind, you’ll be better prepared to navigate the complexities of buying a home and ensure a smoother, more successful transaction.