1. Decide to Buy
Although there are many good reasons for you to buy a home, wealth building ranks among the top of the list. We call home ownership the best “accidental investment” most people ever make. But, we believe when it is done right, home ownership becomes an “intentional investment” that lays the foundation for a life of financial security and personal choice. There are solid financial reasons to support your decision to buy a home, and, among these, equity buildup, value appreciation, and tax benefits stand out. Base your decision to buy on facts, not fears.
If you are paying rent, you very likely can afford to buy. There is never a wrong time to buy the right home. All you need to do in the short run is find a good buy and make sure you have the financial ability to hold it for the long run. The lack of a substantial down payment doesn’t prevent you from making your first home purchase. A less-than-perfect credit won’t necessarily stop you from buying a home. The best way to get closer to buying your ultimate dream home is to buy your first home now. Speak to one of our real estate agents in Canberra.
Buying a home doesn’t have to be complicated – there are many professionals who will help you along the way and one of them is a real estate agent.
2. Hire your real estate agent
The typical real estate transaction involves at least one dozen separate individuals – mortgage brokers and underwriters, inspectors, appraisers, loan officers, real estate agent, bankers, land title researchers, and a number of other individuals whose actions and decisions have to be orchestrated in order to perform in harmony and get a home sale closed. It is the responsibility of your Canberra real estate agent to expertly coordinate all the professionals involved in your home purchase and to act as the advocate for you and your interests throughout.
Main roles of your Canberra real estate agent:
Eight important questions to ask your Canberra real estate agent. Qualifications are important. However, finding a solid, professional agent means getting beyond the resume, and into what makes an agent effective. Use the following questions as your starting point in hiring a licensed, professional real estate agent:
3. Secure financing
While you may find the thought of home ownership thrilling, the thought of taking on a mortgage may be downright chilling. Many first-time buyers start out confused about the process or nervous about making such a large financial commitment.
Six steps to Financing a Home. From start to finish, you will follow a six-step, easy-to-understand process to securing the financing for your first home.
4. Find your Home
You may think that shopping for homes starts with jumping in the car and driving all over town. And it’s true that hopping in the car to go look is probably the most exciting part of the home-buying process. However, driving around is fun for only so long – if weeks go by without finding what you’re looking for, the fun can fade pretty fast.
That’s why we say that looking for your home begins with carefully assessing your values, wants, and needs, both for the short and long terms. Questions to ask yourself:
5. Make an Offer
When searching for your dream home, you were just that – a dreamer. Now that you’re writing an offer, you need to be a businessperson. You need to approach this process with a cool head and a realistic perspective of your market. The three basic components of an offer are price, terms, and conditions.
Price – the right price to offer must fairly reflect the true market value of the home you want to buy. Your Red Brick agent’s market research will guide this decision.
6. Perform Due Diligence
Unlike most major purchases, once you buy a home, you can’t return it if something breaks or doesn’t quite work like it’s supposed to. That’s why property inspections are so important.
The property inspection exposes the secret issues a home might hide so you know exactly what you’re getting into before you sign your closing papers. Some things to keep in mind:
Your major concern is structural damage.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Things that are easily fixed can be overlooked.
If you have a big problem show up in your inspection report, you should bring in a specialist. If the worst-case scenario turns out to be true, you might want to walk away from the purchase.
The final stage of the home buying process is the lender’s confirmation of the home’s value and legal statue, and your continued credit-worthiness. This entails a survey, appraisal, title search, and a final check of your credit and finance. Your Red Brick agent will keep you posted on how each if progressing, but your work is pretty much done. You just have a few pre-closing responsibilities:
Stay in control of your finances.
Return all phone calls and paperwork promptly.
Communicate with your Red Brick real estate agent at least once a week.
Several days before closing, confirm with your agent that all your documentation is in place and in order.
Obtain certified funds for closing.
Conduct a final walk-through.
As long as you have clear expectations and follow directions, closing should be a momentous conclusion to your home-searching process and commencement of your home-owning experience.
8. Protect your Investment
Throughout the course of your home-buying experience, you’ve probably spent a lot of time with your Red Brick agent and you’ve gotten to know each other fairly well. There’s no reason to throw all that trust and rapport out the window just because the deal has closed. In fact, your Red Brick agent wants you to keep in touch. Even after you close on your house, you agent can still help you:
Find contractors to help with home maintenance or remodeling.
Help your friends find homes.
Keep track of your home’s current market value.
Attention to your home’s maintenance needs is essential to protecting the long-term value of your investment. Home maintenance falls into two categories:
Keeping it clean: Perform routine maintenance on your home’s systems, depending on their age and style.
Keeping an eye on it: Watch for signs of leaks, damage, and wear. Fixing small problems early can save you big money later.