With pre-planning and research, you can ensure you are on the right track to set yourself up for success when buying a home. Follow our easy home buying guide below to get an idea of how you can break into the property market.

Determine How Much You Can Afford

Using our home loan repayment calculator is the first step in understanding how loan repayments work and gives you an idea of how much you can afford to borrow.

Determining affordability is about knowing your financial limits. Don’t over commit, and use foresight to think about possible future outcomes like a growing family, changes in employment and the cost of living.

Save for a deposit

Saving as much as you can for a house deposit before buying a home is ideal. The more you save, the less you have to borrow – therefore paying less in interest over time. Check out our blog article on saving for a house deposit.

Understand your home loan options

Home Loans come with many features so it is important to understand which mortgage will suit your needs. At a high level, there are fixed rate loans and variable rate loans, where you can pay off the principle and interest or interest only. Offset accounts and redraw facilities are great for saving on interest and helping you budget. Ask one of our lenders about which type of home loan would best suit your needs or you can check out our Home Loan Comparison table.

Get Home Loan Pre-approval

Getting pre-approved with Horizon is easy and worthwhile, as it lasts 3 months which gives you plenty of time to research the property market and make an offer on properties you know you can realistically afford. Consolidating or minimising debt will not only improve your overall financial wellbeing but also make you a strong candidate for pre-approval. To learn more about lending and home loan pre-approval with us, check out our page on the loan pre-approval process.

Research suburb profiles

The suburb you purchase in can affect things like ability to rent and resale value. Research suburb profiles online for the demographic of people living in that suburb, average incomes, house prices, rental yield and auction clearance rates. All of this information will help you determine the best area to buy in. You can always ask real estate agents for any available information at open houses.

Find a Home in Your Price Range

It’s important to buy something you can actually afford. This is why having home loan pre approval is an important first step before visiting open homes or display villages. You can then research house listings online or in the newspaper and make a note of open houses to visit. Take a trusted friend or relative as a second pair of eyes when inspecting properties so you don’t miss anything. Be sure to factor into your budget associated home buying costs such as stamp duty, solicitors fees, building and inspection reports and insurances.

Let us get you on the path to home buying success. Get in touch with the friendly team at Horizon today and let us help you on your journey.

Horizon Bank has a branch network spanning the NSW South Coast and Illawarra. Horizon Bank branch locations: Albion Park, Bega, Bermagui, Berry, Merimbula, Moruya, Nowra, Thirroul, Ulladulla & Wollongong.


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