Mar 12, 2020 2:07:08 PM

3 Tips for buying your first home

Topics: Buying, First Home, First Home Buyer, Home Loan Advice, Mortgage Advice 0

Buying a home is for many New Zealanders a rite of passage and a significant milestone. But it can also be an overwhelming process and incredibly challenging if you don’t know where to start. So that you can navigate the home buying process from start to finish, and make informed decisions along the way, we’ve compiled 3 useful tips for first home buyers.

Saving for a first home

1. Determine how much you have to spend
As a first home buyer, your budget will depend on how much you’ve saved for your deposit and how much you can borrow.

Before you begin your home buying journey, it’s a good idea to go over your finances with a mortgage adviser. Even if you don’t have a large deposit saved yet, our advisers can help you determine how much you’ll need to save and advise you on the best way to do that.

Talking to a mortgage adviser may also help re-align your expectations with what you can realistically afford. Your ideal suburb or property type may not fit your budget and you may need to start with lower expectations to get a foot onto the property ladder.

As a first home buyer, you may also be eligible for the Government’s First Home Grant that could help you buy your first home much sooner. All of these amounts need to be factored in when calculating how much you can spend on a first home.

2. Get pre-approval
Having the bank’s pre-approval means you can buy with confidence up to a pre-approved amount. In an auction situation, it’s crucial you have a pre-approval in place, but it can also be a real advantage if you’re negotiating on price.

Pre-approval means the bank conditionally approves your application for a loan before you find a home. Lenders will check that your finances are in order and assess your ability to repay your loan. If they deem you eligible, you’ll be granted a pre-approval to borrow up to a certain amount, usually valid for a fixed period of time. In that time, you’ll need to find a home to buy.

3. Understand what you’ll be paying for
There are a number of other costs associated with buying a home, and many of these can add up to thousands of dollars on top of your mortgage. That’s why it’s important you research what these additional costs are and factor them into your budget.

Things like building reports, Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance, as well as conveyancing and solicitor’s fees will need to be paid. These all chip into your deposit and reduce the amount you have to put into the purchase of your home.

Lenders mortgage insurance is the cost you pay when you borrow more than 80% of the property’s value. To avoid it, consider saving up at least 20% of the purchase price before you buy.

Legal and conveyancing fees are part of the purchase transaction, paid to a solicitor or conveyancer to help you prepare documentation and deal with the vendor on your behalf.

Building inspections are a must as they help ascertain that the property is in good condition and that no hidden issues can show up later on.

Get expert advice
Are you looking to buy your first home? If you’re one of the many first home buyers in New Zealand and you need advice around getting into the property market, saving a deposit, or understanding government grants and schemes, contact Mortgage Express.

Our team of experts understand how overwhelming buying a first home can be which is why we’ll walk you through the process from start to finish. Simply complete this online form and one of our advisers in your area will be in touch to discuss further.


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