Before you start your property hunt, write down all the must haves (eg number of bedrooms, garaging, price range, bathrooms, land size etc) and your "nice to haves" (e.g. shed, swimming pool, granny flat etc). This will help to ensure that the properties you decide to visit meet all or at least most of your criteria.
There are literally hundreds of real estate consultants in Australia. You need to select one that will work for you. A good consultant will listen to your requirements (the more information you can give them the better), search for suitable properties and will organise all the steps involved in buying real estate. From dealing with selling agents, negotiating, bidding at Auction to assisting you with the arrangement of building inspections, the Harcourts Noterom Team will gladly assist you in finding a new property.
If you wish to buy a property in the immediate future, it is a good idea to arrange provisional finance. You will need to select a lender and obtain a loan approval. The loan approval means that you will be able to access a loan of an agreed value when you come to purchase a property. Once you have found the best lender, you need to apply for the loan. If your application is approved, the Financial Institution will give you a commitment in writing, stating that you have approval in principle, subject to a satisfactory valuation of your final choice. This is the best way to avoid the disappointment of discovering at the last minute that you can't get a loan. In the real estate industry we call this “Pre-Approved Finance."
The Harcourts Noterom Team will provide you with a Property Brochure for each property you visit with us. Because you are likely to see many properties, it is a good idea to record your impressions of each house you visit on the back of the Property Brochure. This will help you to compare houses easily and assist in your recollection of property features. Harcourts Noterom has many properties available and our friendly sales consultants will gladly show you them.
Once you have decided to make an offer, it is important that you contact your sales consultant as soon as possible to ensure your offer is presented to the seller before any others. The sales consultant will explain the offer process to you and will add any additional clauses if required. If any additional clauses are added then your offer is referred to as a conditional offer. The sales consultant will then present the offer to the seller and if the seller agrees with the price and the terms of the contract he/she/they will then sign the offer. If the seller wants a different price or settlement date, the sales consultant changes the contract to reflect this and will re-present it to you. This negotiation process can have several alterations until both parties are happy and have signed the contract and initialed the changes. As soon as the offer is signed by both parties, it is dated and then it is a binding contract between you and the seller.
If you don't already have a solicitor, ask friends and family for recommendations or consult the Yellow Pages. It is important to have your solicitor involved as they will ensure the contract is legally binding and includes the correct clauses, as well as doing a final title search. Your solicitor will deal with the seller's solicitor to ensure that the transaction is followed through to completion.
A Building Inspection is completed by a builder and will consider such things as the condition of the roof, exterior cladding, gates and fencing, plumbing, doors, windows and flooring. It is also advisable to obtain a Pest Inspection in Queensland which is renowned for white ants (termites).