Taking the first step into owning your new home is often a daunting prospect.

Interest rates are at all time lows and even though the thought of buying a first home is a big step, it is a step in the right direction.

Although it’s a long term financial commitment, with home loan terms generally ranging from 25 – 30 years, it is a worthwhile undertaking if you are ready, not only financially but realistically.

Sort out the finer details

Think about your commitment to those you may be buying a home with. Perhaps with a partner or if you are single maybe with a few friends can be a great way to get onto the property ladder sooner, but make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.

Be clear about how all parties are contributing from the start and seek legal advice if you’re unsure about anything – it’s worth the investment to ensure that all of your interests are protected if anything goes wrong.

So if you are ready to say goodbye to renting, be as financially prepared as you can be.

You need to make sure you’ve got the required deposit and that you’re financially stable enough to maintain your mortgage repayments.

You will need to prove to the Lender of your choice that you have a steady income and can repay the mortgage at the levels they will set. Getting a Mortgage Broker to do the work for you is a good way to go, that way they will shop around for you and save you the time.

There might also be a First Home Grant or such like, so investigate your options wisely.

Think about where you want to live, and do your research wisely.

There are lots of options out there and one that many are investigating are “Tiny Homes”.

Minimalist living has many advantages and can be a great adventure when looking at getting onto the property ladder.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started

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