Most First Home Buyers are pretty nervous in venturing out to a substantial financial commitment, but with the right real estate agent at their side who can provide you with honest advice – you would find the process less daunting. Your real estate agent in Wishart becomes your most valuable asset as not only could they find you the right house at the right price, but also help you throughout the process until the big day of actually moving in.
Without doubt, one of the most important financial decisions that you would make in your life’s journey is buying your first property, whether it is for investment purposes or to make it your home. It could also be most exciting but also stressful and frightening at the best of times.
In recent years, house prices in all capital cities including Brisbane have seen double digit growth which is a great thing if you are already in the market. However, not so good for the market entrants. The good thing is that there are still many suburbs where First Home Buyers could pick up older style homes at really good prices. Then, with a bit of modernisation, you would be sitting on a valuable investment in the years to come. Some of these suburbs include Mount Gravatt, Wishart, Mansfield, Upper Mount Gravatt and Mount Gravatt East.
While it is true to that buying their first home has being almost unreachable in recent times for most young Australian couples, especially if reliance was on a single income, there is also a number of positive factors at play which has made life a bit easier in recent months for some borrowers. These factors include a) historical low interest rates and b) the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.
Here are 6 top tips for First Home Buyers in Brisbane:-
Approach your Mortgage Broker to ascertain the maximum that you could borrow. Then sit down with your partner and do a family budget taking all expenses into account. Your budget should be done to synchronise with your pay dates. Some couples may wish to do a monthly budget and that is fine even if you do get paid weekly or fortnightly. The key is that your mortgage repayments must be affordable. A couple of bits of advice in deciding on your budget:-
– It is advisable to factor a 2% increase in interest rates into your mortgage repayments.
– Keep aside some funds for some fun and entertainment and also allocate for contingencies such are medical expenses.
– If applicable, expenses for the kids such as School fees must be taken into account
It is ideal for you to a obtain pre-approval from your lender before you start actually searching for your property. This is particularly important to ensure that you do not waste your valuable time and also that of your agent. Stay within the pre-approval amount and you would be doing yourself a favour as you would not let your heart run away with a higher priced property which would ruin your mind-set in the long run.
The importance of research and research done well must not be under-estimated. Ensure that you study the market by looking at the major real estate portals on a weekly if not daily basis. Look at Auction results every week-end – they are the best indicator on pricing and the state of the market at any given time. Forget the glam – it is generally true that the best property to buy is “the worst house on the best street”. Search for a property where you can make changes to the kitchen, bathroom appliances, floor coverings and landscaping. These things go a long way in enhancing the value of your property investment by a long way. One key aspect that you must consider in the size of the block, its location and aspect. Access to transport and schools are particularly important.
It is important that you keep detailed notes of each property that you inspect. Make sure that you spend as much time to thoroughly inspect each property. After each inspection sit down with your partner and discuss the pros and cons of the property. Keep it objective and steer away from emotion. You need to make every decision based on fact and not on your heart. Make sure that you compare each property against your checklist. In this way when the right property comes along you would know straight away..
Your Agent is your new best friend – this is even more so for all First Home Buyers. A good agent will help you navigate through the process and also will be able to answer any general questions that you may have. If you have any questions, feel free to call Royden Juriansz at Realty8 who would be able to answer any questions of a general nature that you may have.
Royden is the principal and founder of Realty8. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and holds a Business degree from the Queensland University of Technology. Royden is an avid reader and is a keen hobby photographer. However, his real passion is Real Estate and Property Management in particular.