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Preparing to Buy Your First Home

Read the comprehensive guide to buying your first home. Our advice is the result of decades of collective experience in helping satisfied first home buyers purchase their first property. 

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Kyle Tether

Property Consultant



Preparing to buy your first home is a very exciting time. However, it can also be a confusing process and daunting and scary at the same time. It’s important you don’t feel overwhelmed and as if you are going into it alone.

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#1. Plan your budget

This will help you understand how much you can afford on repayments and other costs. It needs to be a long term workable budget that also has a little bit of room for fun or you’ll never stick to it.

Use technology to help you

There are many budget calculators and other programs to assist you in your planning phase. Make use of these.

Change spending habits

When you plan for your budget, it is a prime oppertnutiy to evaluate your expenses and eliminate any unused memberships or superfluous payments

#2. Know your limitations

Once you have worked through a budget then this should be easy. Don’t buy what you cannot afford. Your first home doesn’t need to be your dream home. Knowing how much you can spend will give you comfort when you are chatting with real estate agents and other professionals.

Focus on needs, not wants

When you are looking at first homes, think about the sort of qualities your home must have. Proximity to public transport? A home large enough for small children? Consider these first before you look at luxaries like pools etc.

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Increasing value over time

Generally, you can expect houses in Australia to increase in value over time. So the sooner you are able to purchase your home, the better.

#3. Deposit, deposit, deposit

Save the biggest deposit that you can put together. Firstly, it shows a lender that you can save and not waste money. Secondly, it can also save you a lot of money in fees from the bank.

Choose the right savings account for you

There are a multitude of savings accounts available. Read about the things to look for in a savings account to find what is appropriate for your goals.

More than 20%

If you save a 20% deposit, and borrow less than 80% of the purchase price, you do not have to pay mortgage insurance

#4. Consumer/excess debt

Try and minimise your credit cards and personal loans before you buy your home. That being said it’s not always possible to do. It’s then important to look at whether it’s better to pay off your loans first or what your next steps can and should be

Debt Consolidation

If you have more than one loan, you should consider consolidating your debt into one. This can make it easier to manage your debt and make repayments on a single loan with only one interest.

Pay More Than The Minimum

When paying off your debt, you do not need to only pay the minimum. By paying extra each month, you reduce the amount of time you'll be stuck in debt, and can buy your home sooner.

#5. Are you entitled to any Government Grants?

Make sure you receive all that you can from the government in regard to any incentives. Make sure you are fully informed and know what is available to you.

Queensland First Home Owners Grant

The Queensland government offers grants for first home buyers. Learn about the Queensland First Home Owners grant here

Federal grants and other states

If you are outside of Queensland, the federal government and other state governments offer first home buyer grants of their own. Viw them here

#6. Consider using an Independent Finance Broker to buy your first home

As you can see it’s important to do your homework and spend time preparing to buy your first home. Working with a professional finance broker and locking in a pre-approval can help with all of the above. 

 It sounds a bit obvious but surrounding yourself with a team of professionals who can support you on the journey really does make a difference.

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Warning: This content is not designed to replace professional advice. It has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should consider the appropriateness of the advice, in light of your own objectives, financial situation or needs before making any decision as to whether this information is appropriate for you.

#7. See Affinity's Buyer Web Book

For more information on the buying process, see Affinity’s comprehensive web book: 

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