Having a home of your own is a natural longing and an integral component of the Australian dream. Your home provides you a sense of security that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. Most people dream of owning a home all their lives. Since a home requires substantial investment you should exercise utmost care in making choices regarding a home mortgage.
A home mortgage is a mortgage loan provided by a mortgage company to finance purchase of a home. There are a number of home mortgage loans available in the market to meet the varying needs of diverse market segments. It is advisable to search on your own both online and offline before hiring a mortgage broker. This will help you familiarize yourself with preliminaries of buying a home mortgage and will give you a fair idea about what you can and cannot afford with your current financial situation. Mortgage loans have evolved into various types over the years. You can now choose a mortgage loan suited to your distinct needs from a wide array of available options. You should weigh all your options before deciding to buy a home. Sometimes it makes more sense to rent or lease a property than to buy it for example if you are planning to move in the near future buying a home may not be the right option for you.
Most first time homebuyers are overwhelmed at the thought of buying a home. First time homebuyers should be extra careful in buying houses because they are more prone to making mistakes. Most people go through a large number of options before hiring on an estate agent. The average time for buyers to find a house ranges from 2 days to 2 weeks. Good real estate agents help you find a home in accordance with your needs. Mortgage lenders usually prefer a consistent job history. Consequently, you should try not to switch jobs unnecessarily because it would impact your credit rating negatively. You should not let your emotions bulldoze common sense because this can lead a negative impact on your ability to make rational decisions. There are a number of mistakes first time homebuyers commonly make. You should make every possible effort to ensure you do not make these common mistakes. Some of these mistakes are discussed below:
- Experts suggest deferring major purchases (creating debt obligations) until after signing the mortgage contract. These among others include furniture, electronic equipment, jewelry etc. This is because these purchases have a negative impact on your credit score and may result in higher interest rate mortgages.
- Most mortgage lenders require statements of the past year of your liquid asset accounts. These include checking accounts, savings accounts, money market funds, certificates of deposit and mutual funds etc. Because mortgage lenders are concerned with the sources of funds for your down payment they would look at your account statements very closely. Frequently moved funds between and to and from accounts would have a negative impact on your overall credibility and may result in higher interest rates on your mortgage loan.
- Frequently switching jobs does not have a significant impact on your overall credibility job security may be very important for some mortgage lenders.
- When deposit the earnest money in the seller’s account. Rather you should deposit it in a trust account to safeguard your money until the deal is closed. This is because most sellers do not understand that the earnest money is not theirs to use until the deal is completed.
- Another common mistake buyers make is forgetting to buy home insurance and home warranties. Most lenders require home insurance and home warranties before advancing credit. So make sure you do not forget to buy it causing unnecessary delays in closing the deal.
- Most experts advise against becoming buddies with the seller. Everyone has their own point of view and there will definitely be changes that you would want to make once you move in. Discussions about these issues with the seller are not advisable because you might want to change something they have an emotional attachment to. This can lead to personality conflicts clouding judgment. Thus this is an area best left alone.
- First time homebuyers often forget lender requirements in excitement of the deal. Be aware of these requirements at all times and take them into account at every step to avoid future conflicts. Remember moving into your dream home depends on it.
Choose the location, neighborhood, type of home, number of stories and interior very carefully. Every type has both pros and cons. Weigh all available options against your needs and affordability and make a decision. Suburbs are less expensive and usually have newer homes. However, you would be at a considerable distance from you workplace and entertainment hangouts. On the contrary urban areas are more expensive but are more likely closer to your employer, schools, restaurants and cinemas etc. Single-family homes appreciate more quickly, have the opportunity for gardens and are more private. Along with these advantages they tend to be more expensive and require more extensive maintenance. Condominiums (townhouses and cooperatives) are less expensive; more secure and require less maintenance and yard work. They are also newer so require less maintenance. On the downside they are noisier and are less private.
New parents prefer three bedroom homes with bedrooms on the same level. Three bedrooms are most common in all homes. Two bedroom homes appeal to first time homebuyers, singles and senior citizens. However, they will be willing to buy one-bedroom homes in case of extra den space. Homes with one bathroom are less expensive since most people prefer more at least two bathrooms in their homes. Bigger houses usually cost less per square foot than smaller ones. Still never be baffled by square footage alone because well-designed smaller homes may appear larger than they really are. Bonus rooms add an extra to a home but cost more. Bonus rooms can be used for multiple purposes including playroom, gym, TV room and art studios etc.