05 January 2019   

Is buying a new home one of your New Year's resolutions? Find out the steps you can take this week to make your dream home a reality.

There’s probably plenty of things on your New Year’s resolution list. Between getting fit, eating healthier, learning a new skill and reuniting with old friends, there’s surely a lot you want to do in 2019. These are all admirable resolutions but, what about your life goals, what about those big pivotal moments that help move you forward? Think big, think beyond making a simple New Year’s resolution and work on making your dream a reality. If buying a new home or your first home is your dream, make it your New Year’s resolution and start working towards your goal today.

 

Buying your home is a big goal and no simple task, so to keep you on track and make your day dream a reality it is crucial to find the right partner and build a support network. Stockland have helped thousands of people buy the home of their dreams and we can help guide you along the way.

With the right network around you building or buying can be an incredibly rewarding process, filled with pride and fulfilment.

 

There are 3 simple steps you can take now to get well underway to buying your new home.

Research, Research, Research

Admittedly, there is noise in the market about housing, but it’s important to remember that everywhere is different and the best way to get a gauge on the area you’d like to buy in is through research. Research and research until you have learnt everything you possibly can about the property market and what to expect when it comes to searching for your dream home. Luckily for you, Stockland is here to guide you through the process with ease.

One of the biggest things you can do to fully equip yourself with information is attending events in your local area. Stockland has helped countless young couples, professionals and families find their forever home, so it’s worthwhile checking out our regular events held throughout all of our communities Australia wide. From major events such as family fun days (which will help give you a feel for the area) to seminars that will help you find a place to belong, workshops that discuss finance through to more practical advice such as whether to build or buy, help with your finance and valuations and handy tips and tricks on how to move homes smoothly and successfully. Our community events are there to help you research the entire process from start to finish.

Enquire today to receive information about events in your local community.

Finding Your Forever Home

When it comes to choosing the right property for you, there are a few things you need to consider. Are you looking for an apartment, townhouse or house? Or maybe you’re looking for room to move around and are considering acreage. Do you want to live close to the city or further into the suburbs? Two storey or single storey? Close to public transport or not?

If you’re searching for somewhere to put down roots, it’s important you try and envision yourself living in the property in 20 or 30 years’ time, so as to avoid a series of costly and unnecessary moves. If you’re thinking long term, you should also consider how well the home will grow with your needs, especially if you’re looking to start or expand your family.

According to Hannah Madill, Development Manager at Stockland Aura, there are three main ways people will establish a home. These are buying off the plan, buying established homes and buying new (i.e. buying land and building a property). If you’re a first home buyer, you might consider purchasing land and building a brand new home, exactly how you want it. However, for ultimate liveability, you can’t go past a Stockland master planned community where the little details have been thought out and carefully considered. From distance to shopping centres, schools and public transport right through to parks and playgrounds.

 

It’s time to make 2019 the year you find that perfect home for your future. To find out more information and to help you choose what’s right for you, check out video on Home Options available

Organising Finance

It’s likely the least exciting part of your journey to home-ownership in 2019, but it is definitely the most important. The first thing you’ll need to do to get started is to get pre-approval for a loan. The simplest and easiest way to go about this is to enlist the professional advice of a mortgage broker, who will compare loans and guide you through all the nitty gritty pieces of information like top ups, redraw facilities and offset accounts. The mortgage broker is there to find the best possible fit for you and your finances. Think of them as your new best friend in this situation!

For more information on managing your finances and the journey to purchasing your forever home, watch our videos with Adam Dovile from Better Homes & Gardens.

Once you have your pre-approval and you have a better idea of what you can afford, you can really knuckle down on the hunt for your perfect property. You might already have an idea of what you’re looking for, but it’s important to always keep your options open. Visiting a display village and talking to sales professionals  are great ways to help you figure out what is right for your family.

 

At Stockland, we have helped thousands of people find the perfect home, townhome, completed home or land for their future and we can help you, too.