Buying Process

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Buying a Home

Buying a property is a significant financial and personal decision, and the process can be complex.

Here is a general guide to help you understand the key steps involved in buying a property:

Assess Your Finances:

Review your budget to determine how much you can afford.

Consider additional costs such as property taxes, maintenance, and insurance.

Get a Mortgage Pre-Approval:

Speak to a mortgage advisor or lender to get pre-approved for a mortgage.

This will give you a clear understanding of your budget and make you more attractive to sellers.

Define Your Priorities:

Make a list of your priorities for a property, such as location, size, and key features.

Register with an Estate Agent:

Work with an estate agent to help you find properties that meet your criteria.

The agent can provide valuable insights, negotiate on your behalf, and guide you through the process.

Search for Properties:

View online listings, via websites, or social media, and explore neighbourhoods to find suitable properties.

Make an Offer:

Once you find a property you like, your agent will guide you with information required to submit your offer in the best possible way.

Instruct Solicitor/Conveyancer: 

Generally your agent will be able to provide guidance on a recommended local solicitor. The instruction paperwork can be lengthy and it is recommended that this is completed as soon as possible in order to being the legal work for your purchase.

Home Inspection: (This is generally instructed via your mortgage lender)

A valuation will be undertaken to confirm that you are paying the right price for the property and find any obvious issues with the property ensuring that yourself and the lender is protected

Exchange Process:

Your solicitor will advise you when the matter is nearing exchange, they will ‘report’ to you which includes all replies to enquiries, the mortgage deed and the contract for signature. It will be requested that deposit monies (if applicable) are to be lodged with the solicitor for this to be ‘passed on through the chain’ at the point of exchange.  The exchange is the point where your purchase is now legally binding.

Completion Day / Move-In:

At the point of Exchange the ‘Completion date’ will be agreed through the Chain and adhered to as the legal date for all monies from mortgage lenders etc be settled.  Once the Estate Agent has received the confirmation from the solicitor they will then be in a position to release the keys to you of your new home.

Remember that property purchase and sale transactions can vary. It’s crucial to work closely with professionals, including estate agents, mortgage advisors, and legal experts, to ensure a smooth and successful home buying experience.