What are the most commonly used methods of buying property?
- Priced – a given price is put on a property to give buyers an idea of what the vendor wants for their property, calling offers around the given price
- Price by negotiation – no price is given to the property, private negotiations between selling agent and buyer are made
- Auction – the property is sold in a public bidding situation to the highest bidder
- Price on application – The selling agent is the only person allowed to disclose the asking price on enquiry
- Offers/no price – Generally calling for offers on a property without giving any price reference
- Tender - Calling for purchasers to make their best offers in writing for that property by a given date
What is the process of paying for a property?
Buying property is based upon paying cash deposit (usually 5% or 10% of the purchase price) followed by getting a loan from a bank called a mortgage for the rest of the money owed. These payments are made on this loan weekly, fortnightly or monthly, for 15-30 years until it is all paid.
Where should I buy property?
Select a community where you feel comfortable and can picture yourself living. Choosing places with facilities and amenities fitted to you is key in finding the right property to suit your living needs. Are public transport, shopping facilities, schools and the workplace in fair reach? Are beaches, parks and other amenities attracting you to a certain area? Talking to people in the area of the places you like will provide you with the most valuable information as they know the area and could potentially be your future neighbours.
What do I need to know if I am a first home buyer?
Careful planning and budgeting are essential when it comes to being able to afford your own home:
- Finance and deposit: Setting yourself up with saving goals and speaking with your bank is an excellent first step when considering purchasing your first home. Lenders require a deposit of 5% of the amount you’re borrowing or more. Therefore if you’re buying a house worth $400,000 you’ll need to save a deposit of at least $20,000. The larger your deposit the less interest you will pay in the long term. Work out how much you need to save; the difference between what your mortgage payments could be and what you’re currently paying in rent gives an idea to you and your lender about how your budget will be able to cope.
- Obtaining a mortgage/first home loan: One of the most important financial commitments you’ll ever make, choosing the right home loan with interest rates and flexibility to personally cater to your needs is paramount. There are many types of mortgages, all with their own pros and cons. Shopping around for the right one takes time, this is where a mortgage broker comes in handy with services that are usually free.
- Keeping money aside to pay for moving in costs is ideal, such as moving truck fees, connection fees for power, internet and phone, advertising for flat mates and tenants and builder’s reports and legal expenses.
- Ongoing costs including but are not limited to rates and body corporate fees pop up every year. As a home owner, these costs are compulsory to pay. Check with an agent about rates before putting an offer in a property, or look them up on a local council website to see if you can afford them.
Who negotiates the deal when an offer is placed on a property?
A licensed real estate agent will present the offer made on a property to the vendor, discuss and negotiate with them, and bring back the result to the buyer straight away. Once the conditions have been met, the property will become unconditional and the property regarded as sold. If an offer is not accepted, the contract will be deemed at an end and no party should have any claim on the other.