Home Buying Tips

Buying a home is a dream come true for most people. However, you have to exercise caution to ensure that you get value for your money. Below are some home buying tips to help you when buying a house. 

Plan your mortgage. 

The reason why some people have trouble repaying their mortgage is because they do not plan their finances before taking out the loan. There are various types of home loans available in the market today. It is vital to conduct some research and consult with your solicitor regarding a suitable loan. Solicitors will bargain the interest rates on your behalf. When taking the mortgage, ask yourself if you can comfortably provide for your family after making the mortgage payments. Preferably, you should save to ensure you take a smaller loan on the property.


To get a good deal, you should purchase the property during the off-peak seasons when there is little demand for homes. For example, winter and summer are considered off-peak seasons in Australia. Various other factors may push down property prices thus giving you the perfect opportunity to invest in real estate. An experienced real estate solicitor will advise you on the best periods to buy a house. 

Be patient. 

The home buying process is lengthy. Sellers will give you the impression that the property is a "hot cake". As such, if you do not give an offer in a few days, they will consider other buyers. Most buyers fall into this trap if they think that the property is cheap. However, you have to give your solicitor time to conduct due diligence on the property. This may include pending utility bills, verifying the title, inspecting the structural integrity of the structure, checking for land contamination and evaluating zoning regulations. If you forego this, you might purchase a property that will be difficult to sell in future. 

Negotiations and contracts. 

It is best that you let your solicitor handle the negotiations. Property solicitors are equipped with a range of negotiating skills to ensure that you get a good deal on the property. After inspecting the property, the solicitor will present the seller with a list of repairs that need to be conducted before you purchase the property. The seller may opt to give you a price cut instead of renovating the property. Ensure that you understand the terms of the contract of sale. If you are late to make payments, you may incur penalties.

When purchasing a house, plan your finances, buy during off-peak seasons, be patient, and understand the terms of the contract.