Buying a home is an important milestone in the lives of many people, across New Zealand and elsewhere. Along with graduating from school, beginning a career and maybe starting a family, it's a key part of turning into an adult.
It's also an extraordinary financial challenge. Even if you've saved well and researched the market carefully, there are no guarantees that you can pull off purchasing a house without any difficulties. If you're getting ready to buy a home for the very first time, it's impossible to be too careful. You must prepare fully for all the financial challenges involved and strive to overcome them.
Below is a look at what lies ahead as you enter the home-buying process.
Being a first home buyer can be taxing financially, mentally and emotionally. It's a difficult process, and you don't want to begin unless you've got all your ducks in a row first. There are four things you should have in place before you start to seriously consider buying a house:
Are you missing any of the above four elements? It might be worthwhile to pause and reconsider before moving forward. Lining up just two or three of the four might not be enough.
When you go around asking for property investment advice, one of the first little tidbits you hear is a pretty consistent one - stay organised, with a good handle on all the relevant information you'll need to complete your purchase.
For example, Bankrate recommends always having a good working knowledge of your credit score. You never know when you might need that information, whether for a loan application or mortgage paperwork or whatever else. You should also have a handy itemised list of your assets and liabilities so that everyone knows the details of who they're doing business with. If you have all this information and organise it well, the whole process will be a lot smoother.
Being a first home buyer, in Auckland or anywhere else, can be a stressful experience. There will probably be a lot of terminology you don't totally understand, and a lot of things you're worrying about that might go wrong. But by working with Squirrel Mortgages, we can make the process a little bit less stressful.
If you have questions about the process, you can reach out to us and ask. We have a team of experts on hand, ready to field your questions and address your concerns. Get in touch with us if you need anything at all.