Few things are more exciting than purchasing your first home. There's pride and independence that one feels when there's a place to lay their head at night and it's all theirs. Say goodbye to all the rental money that disappears into the abyss and say hello towards payments that truly go toward your future investment-your home. There are a plethora of things you need to know before jumping into homeownership, and we at Own It Mortgages are here to assist you in any way we can. First, let's provide you with all the pertinent information you need to know about being a first-time buyer.
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Securing the funds for a deposit is sometimes the hardest part of buying your first home. Deposit requirements vary from lender to lender and are based on a variety of criteria that can change over time. Although 20% of the asking price is widely considered the best amount to use for your deposit, there are lenders who will lend to those who put down as low as 10%.learn more
Are you going to sign on a Sale and Purchase agreement? Congratulations, you're just one step away from owning your dream property. However, as with any legal document, there are a few things you should consider before signing the agreement.learn more
First home buyers who have been in KiwiSaver for at least 3 years may be eligible to withdraw funds from their Kiwisaver (excluding the $1,000 kickstart). Buyers may also be eligible to access a Kiwisaver Homestart Grant, which is provided by Housing New Zealand.
Another option is the use of a guarantor who offers security for the borrowed portion over 80% of the purchase price. Guarantors should be close family and in a strong financial position, and they should seek independent legal advice before making any binding commitments.
You must be able to show at least two years of steady income that meets requirements. This is where your tax situation can work against you if you failed in the past to declare all or most of your income. Your cash flow must reflect an ability to afford the loan, otherwise, you are at risk for being turned down. Generally, lenders will want your loan payments to not exceed 30-35% of your monthly income.
Each bank has its own lending criteria, and if you meet all their conditions, there's no reason why you shouldn't get a loan. We will assist you in shopping around for the best deal just like we did for thousands of our satisfied customers.
A deposit can consist of gifts from parents, home start grants, funds from the sale of assets, Kiwisaver, and equity in your parents' home (should they agree).
Each lender considers differently how to treat cases such as significant inheritances or the selling of assets to cover deposits.
In addition to the purchase price of your house, here are a few expenses that you should be prepared for.
$500 to $700
Pre-Purchase Building Inspection
$450 to $1,000
Share of rates already paid by the vendor
Varies - can be as much as 25% or the annual rates bill. But is usually around $200 to $400. This is added to the Solicitor cost
Low equity premium
This depends on the size of your Mortgage and maybe able to be added to your mortgage
Connecting gas, electricity, phone and Sky TV
$300 to $1,000
House moving costs
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At Own It Mortgages, we will work hard to ensure that the lender will provide a cash contribution to help you with these expenses.
It entirely depends on what the seller does. If he accepts your offer, then the contract is dated and you have a binding agreement. In the case where he isn't satisfied, he may suggest a counter offer with altered price, conditions or timeframes. Then, you'll have three choices - agreeing with the sellers counter offer, making a new counter offer yourself, or just walking away.
Buying your first home shouldn't be a financial burden, so know the full details of your repayments before you finalize the deal. Since owning a home has many other expenses such as home insurance, council rates, mortgage repayment insurance, body corporate fees and repair charges, it is important to carefully plan the size of each repayment.
Use our online calculator to get a fair idea about the weekly or monthly repayments you'll need to make.
A pre-approval, also called conditional offer of finance, is a written approval from a lender stating that you are eligible to borrow a certain sum, subject to some conditions. Once you receive your pre-approval, go through it carefully to make sure that you understand all the conditions mentioned in it. Some common conditions you'll find in the pre-approval are:
In order to get a strong pre-approval letter, you must provide all the documents (with full transparency) along with your application. The ideal pre-approvals are the ones with a minimum number of conditions.
Deciding the Conditions:
When you're purchasing by offer and negotiation, you have the chance to define the conditions before the sale actually happens. But, be careful not to set too many conditions as this may cause the deal to fail. If all of the conditions are satisfied within the specified time, your offer becomes unconditional meaning that you're bound by the law to purchase the house. On the other hand, if the conditions aren't met, you have a right to negotiate or withdraw your offer. For example, if you mentioned a clean LIM report as a condition, and the LIM has some problems, you have full powers to cancel the offer.
If the property needs some repair work, you may set a condition telling the seller to finish the repairs by a certain date. Failure to meet this condition may not stop the sale but can delay the settlement until they are met.
Every bank will expect you to pay any outstanding defaults before even considering your application. Most banks check your credit history, so people with a bad record have a poor chance receiving an approval for mortgage finance. Here's what banks will be looking for during credit checks:
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Work out how much you can afford to borrow.
Gather information & paperwork to obtain a pre-approval
Start looking for a home and make an offer conditional to finance. Think about any other conditions you may like to put on your Sale and Purchase Agreement such as builders report, Registered Valuation and a move in date
Finalise finance, arrange inspections and valuations as required
make sure you are happy with the above inspections and reports, if so, then you are ready to unconditionally purchase this property
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