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First thing to do when buying a house!

By Tamara Lloyd

It’s all very well to have made the decision to buy a property but what is the next step? Whether you’re a first home buyer, third home buyer or investor the next step, if you’re serious, is getting your finance approved!

There are many things you need to be aware of to make sure you have a smooth transition between making an offer on a property and ensuring that you don’t have to pull out due to lack of finance.

Personally, my preference or suggestion would be to see a mortgage broker. Even if you have banked with the same bank for many years, get a broker to check that the deal the bank has offered you is the best one for you. Brokers deal with many lending institutions and banks and have lots of products they can offer or recommend to you. Banks tend just to have their few options which may or may not be the best for your situation. The service of a broker is FREE to you. The banks pay them a referral fee once your loan has gone through.

The main thing you need to do is organise a pre-approval. It is important to note that once you have a pre-approval from the bank or lending institution that you will get a letter advising of this. I’d suggest you ask them what the maximum is you can borrow – then you know exactly where you stand when making offers. Please be aware that pre-approval is still subject to the valuation on the property you have purchased and your mortgage insurance (if applicable).

You do need to be aware that “borrowing capacity” is different to pre-approval. Just because you earn enough income to have a certain “borrowing capacity” does not mean you can actually get a loan. Along with your income, the banks will also look at your savings. So, if you are a first home buyer and have no or little savings then they are unlikely to lend you money for a house despite your income.

If you already have a house and you are looking at upgrading or buying an investment property then it is important, as well getting pre-approval, to also ensure you work out how you will pay the deposit for your next property. Pre-approval does not give you access to money for a 10% deposit. So, there are a few main options:

  1. Savings you may have
  2. Redraw on your current loan
  3. Personal Loan which your bank or broker can help with

Once you have pre-approval and your deposit organised, you’re ready to make an offer!     Happy House Hunting!!
If you’d like a recommendation to a fantastic Mortgage Broker give me a call 0408 585 319.

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