Buying a house is a huge step in anyone’s life, with many moving parts. Let us help you start the process.
Top tips on funding, finding or building your dream home
Buying a house today can be a daunting experience. With budgets, banks and brokers to consider before you can even think of setting foot in your new home, it can be difficult to know where to begin. At Stockland, we’ve helped countless individuals to find the housing option which suits them best. We asked our teams from across Australia for their top home-buying tips, whether you’re looking to fund, find or even build the property of your dreams.
Financing the home-buying process
With home-buying, sometimes the hardest bit comes first. Working out what you can afford, not just today but months or years down the line, can be tricky. It’s important to remember that your outgoings might increase in the future – especially if you’re thinking about starting or adding to a family of your own. As a first step, sit down with your bank or a trusted mortgage broker to get a feel for what sort of funding is available.
Staying savvy as you negotiate the right deal to finance your plans can help you avoid headaches later on. By taking your time and doing your research with the assistance of a bank representative or broker you’ll be in the best position to make an informed decision. Your bank or broker can guide you through your loan application process – so it’s wise to check they’re accredited.
At this stage, it’s common for unexpected costs to pop up. Factoring in conveyancing bills, bank fees and mortgage insurance will save you a scramble for extra cash. But should you find that you could do with a helping hand, explore the possibility of applying for stamp duty relief or government grants, such as the First Home Buyer Grant. The most eligible properties for grants tend to be brand new builds, like the many new homes available in Stockland’s range of masterplanned communities.
Your new community
Once you’ve sorted the technicalities, you can get hunting for the property that will best suit your lifestyle and your aspirations. You might already have an image of the dream home in mind, but at this stage it’s vital that you keep your options open. Remember that there’s more to your new home than what is inside those four walls – your neighbourhood will have just as much an effect on your new life as the building itself.
Where are the local opportunities for leisure and pleasure? If you’re looking for the right home for a young family, are there facilities nearby for them to learn and play? Choosing a community that complements your existing lifestyle and is close to the places you know and love, will help you feel more at ease as you settle into your brand-new home.
Many younger buyers are keen to find a place in the heart of a thriving city, but are surprised to find that all the perks of urban living are available elsewhere – and without the added expense. The trick is to go and see as many properties as you can, in as many locations as you can – especially where display homes are
available for you to try before you buy.
A vital part of the journey is getting pre-approval for a loan. That will guide you when you start looking for the right block of land or house and land package.
Of course, buying a house ‘off the peg’ isn’t for everybody. You may prefer to build your own from scratch. At Stockland we’ve matched thousands of aspiring builders with the land they need to construct their dream home, and from experience we know that it’s best to find the right plot before you push ahead with
construction. Many lots come with planning provisions and guidelines that may not fit with the house you have in mind. Watch out for hidden costs, like the excavation needed for foundation work on sloping land.
You’ll also need to find a builder you can trust. Ask friends and family for recommendations, and check that the builders you’re interested in have the appropriate qualifications and certifications, particularly those granted by Master Builders Australia (MBA) and the Housing Industry Association (HIA).
Entering the property market for the first time can seem arduous. But rest assured, it will get easier from here. Soon enough you’ll be able to sit back and relax in the comfort of your own home – comfortable in the knowledge that you’ve crossed everything off your home buying checklist.