Six steps to buying a property - getting the ground work done

December 15, 2014
Rikki Stanley

If you want to ensure you sail smoothly through the open waters of buying a home, the best direction from which to set sail towards sunshine and happy days, is to follow these tips from Daniel Meade, your local home loan expert in Brisbane.


When you are telling friends about your property buying journey over a beer in your new back yard, would you prefer to tell a story of a smooth purchase from house hunting to opening the door to your new home, or one of storms brewing and icebergs being hit?


The best place to start is to get the ground work done before you even open in your browser.


Six Steps to buying a property:


1: Get the ground work done:

Before you start negotiating that extra $5k on a purchase price, these components are essential:

  • Knowing your limit of how much you can afford to borrow and repay

  • Having a deposit saved

  • Having ALL costs of purchase and extras involved factored in

  • Having your Home loan product identified and/or a pre-approval in place

2: Get your paperwork ready and begin your home loan application process:

To begin your home loan application process or get a pre-approval for finance, you will need to apply with a lender for a specific amount, and if eligible, apply for any first home owner grants and concessions.


This enables you to know exactly how much you can afford when you are house hunting.


The good news is, your Mortgage Choice broker, Daniel Meade, can help you with all of this, including lodging your application with your chosen lender, and following your application through from submission to settlement, once you do find the property you want to buy.


3: Go House Hunting:

When you have your financial foundations laid and ready to be built on, you are now ready to go shopping. As with any successful shopping trip, to help you save money and not overspend on things you may not need in a property, write yourself a ‘features’  list.


Features list:

    • Take the emotion out of buying your home by creating a ‘what to look for list’.  Include features such as a balcony, air conditioning, built in robes, car park, views, close to transport / shops/ parks etc.
    • Take this list with you to each property open house or inspection, and use it to rate each feature in each property out of 10. When you finish looking at all the properties, you have a visual scorecard to use as a comparison between properties. It will reduce emotional attachment and help you choose wisely.


4: Make an offer on your dream home:

Once you’ve found your property, follow these tips to make an offer:  

  • Play it down – don’t appear overly enthusiastic, even if the property ticks all the boxes.

  • Building and pest – arrange an inspection before you purchase, and have it written into the contract as ‘subject to being satisfied with building and pest inspection’. This will ensure that if some nasty’s do turn up, you have the option to withdraw your offer, or use it to negotiate the price further.

  • Contract of sale - arrange for your solicitor / conveyancer to check the contract carefully, before you sign it.

  • Pitch your offer – submit your offer in writing, below the price you are actually prepared to pay. Ensure you specify any conditions you would like to be noted such as a time frame for moving in, and subject to finance being approved.

Alternatively, if the property is going up for auction, prepare for auction by following these guidelines:

Buying at auction


5: Exchange contracts and prepare for property settlement:

Once your offer is accepted, you then exchange contracts and finalise paperwork with your real estate agent and mortgage broker.

During the period between contract acceptance and settlement, your broker will work on getting your finance approved with your lender, and your solicitor, settlement agent or conveyancer will advise you on the settlement date and other steps involved with the purchase, such as building and pest inspections and any related documents you may need to ensure settlement happens on time.


6: Collect your keys:

Congratulations, your ground work has helped you sail on through to becoming a new proud and savvy home owner! From here, there is one more step you can take once you’ve finished unpacking –

Learn how to pay off your mortgage sooner!


For further information on this or any other topic, please contact your mobile mortgage choice broker, Daniel Meade on:

Phone 07 3833 9666,



Or simply click on the contact us tab on this page.


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Daniel is looking forward to helping you buy your first or next home.  Thanks for reading our blog.


Important information

This article is for general information purposes only. It has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should, before acting on the advice, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances.

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