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First-time buyers - how to get started with buying

If you haven't ever bought a home of your own, it can seem like a very mysterious process. What are you supposed to do? And in what order? How do you know if you can buy a property or not? It's like a big secret.So, in this article, we will shed some light on the process and show how you go about buying your own home.

If you haven't ever bought a home of your own, it can seem like a very mysterious process. What are you supposed to do? And in what order?

How do you know if you can buy a property or not? It's like a big secret.

So, in this article, we will shed some light on the process and show how you go about buying your own home.

What do you need to have in place to buy a property?

1) Finances

Mortgage brokers and lenders will usually offer a free initial consultation to show the options available for financing. They'll show you how much you could borrow and how much deposit you'll need to buy a property. You will need some cash deposit- this is your input towards the purchase price of the property and a mortgage for the rest of the balance. The minimum deposit required is usually 5% of the purchase price.

The amount you can borrow will be calculated based on your earnings and the amount of deposit you have available.

Once you know your budget, it's time to look at some properties!

2) Property Search

Figure out what you require in a property for it to be right for you. What, if anything, would you be willing to compromise on?

Register your details for Heads Up alerts for the features you're looking for in a property. This way, you'll be notified as soon as a suitable property comes onto the market - before the property is listed on the property websites.

3) Viewings

You won't buy a new home without seeing it first, so you'll need to arrange viewing appointments. Sometimes this may be an appointment you make to fit in with your daily life. Still, depending on the seller's and agents' preferences, it could be an open house appointment. This will mean there'll be other potential buyers viewing the property at the same time. It will also mean that the date and time of the appointment are set. If you can't make the time, you may be unable to view the property before another buyer has already made an offer.

So, you'll need to dedicate some time, most likely on the weekend, to attend viewings.

4) Offers

Once you've found the house of your dreams, you'll need to make an offer.

Take guidance from the agent about the interest levels that the property has had. If you're competing with 30 other buyers all wanting to make an offer, you won't have much room to negotiate. You'll almost certainly be outbid by someone else. But if no other buyers are interested, you may be able to negotiate the price a little.

Don't offer more just because you want to 'win' the property. Make the best offer you can afford without struggling to raise your finances. Otherwise, you will likely find out that if your offer is accepted, you won't be able to pay the price, and you'll have to pull out. This is not only soul-destroying for you, the seller and the agent, but it could result in you paying fees to solicitors and surveyors that end up being wasted.

Be realistic, and show the agent that you're pre-approved for the funding so they can confidently make your offer to the seller. Be prepared with proof of your deposit and mortgage agreement in principal.

5) Employ the professionals

Once the offer is accepted, it's time to build your team of professionals. Find a conveyancing solicitor to represent you in the transaction, and inform your mortgage broker to start the application for your mortgage.

So there you have it. Lifting the curtain on the process of buying your first home. At each stage, the estate agent will help and guide you, so if you have any questions, just ask! Estate agents are happy to help; they've all been first-time buyers or, at the very least, had the first day as an estate agent. You don't know what you don't know, and estate agents are there to help you.

If you have any questions, contact our team of experts. They are happy to help you.