It’s a big decision, so it’s good to have someone there to help you make the right one.
Buying a home is one of the biggest things you’ll do in life. We’re here to help you by making sure you have the info and options you need to find the finance solution you’re looking for (for the house you want).
There are so many home loans to choose from, with new ones always being introduced, not to mention special offers and other ‘deals’. As a broker we’ll not only help you find a loan that suits your particular needs, but we’ll also help you complete the paperwork, and submit the application for you.
It’s why more than half of Australian borrowers now use a broker to secure a home loan.
Before you use a broker you might like to get a better understanding of what’s available by visiting our Different Loan Types page.
If you want to get a better idea of your borrowing power and what your likely repayments might be, try out our online calculators.
At anytime on your home buying ‘journey’, feel free to give us a call or email us and we’ll do everything we can to make it easier for you.
Common questions for home builders
Time on your side
One of the biggest advantages of buying off the plan is time. Unlike traditional property purchases with relatively short windows to round up the total finance, you will have at least 12 months, if not longer, to settle. Savvy buyers will take advantage of this extra time to save their pennies and reduce their borrowings.
New home, no hassles
If you dream of a new home but have nightmares at the thought of building one, an off-the-plan purchase may be the perfect compromise. Although you will not get to design everything as you would with a custom-built home, most off-the-plan developments allow some customisation of finishes and fixtures. Make sure your contract outlines what you can tailor and that you are clear on any additional costs.
Various incentives are still being dangled in front of first-home-buyers, which may add to the appeal of buying off the plan.
Concessions vary across Australia and some have been curbed since January 1, so visit your State or Territory web site for the latest information on grants and exemptions. You can also research your eligibility for stamp duty concessions on new properties at www.stampdutycalculator.com.au
Off-the-plan apartments are often pitched heavily at investors due to the tax* benefits that come with depreciation on new properties and rental guarantees. Tax savings will depend on your individual circumstances, but generally the newer the property, the higher the depreciation allowance for the building and fixtures.
Investors may also be offered attractive rental guarantees for a limited period. Make sure you do your homework on rental returns on similar properties in the area before accepting the developer’s terms. Be wary of over-inflated rental guarantees. Builders will sometimes promise a high-rent yield to lure investors, build the cost into the property price and then subsidise any gap themselves for a short period. When the rental guarantee expires, you may find the actual market rent falls well short of what you originally pocketed. If investing, make sure you have the option to manage the property yourself or with your chosen property manager from the time you take possession.
Beware a boom
Many buyers get swept up on a wave of rising property prices when they hand over their deposit in exchange for a floor plan. Historically, property is a consistent long-term performer, but property prices can plateau and even wane at the mercy of economic factors.
Buyers also need to be wary of over-supply, which may devalue their property. Queensland’s Gold and Sunshine Coasts are carrying a glut of apartments on the back of many years of off-the-plan sales, while the skylines of capitals such as Canberra have real estate commentators urging caution.
Make sure you consider the bigger picture if buying off the plan. Research how many other developments are planned in the area and whether any increase in apartment numbers is justified by new or improved infrastructure, such as transport corridors, business precincts, universities or hospitals.
Be discerning about the developer
Make sure you purchase from a reputable builder and take the time to research their previous projects. Do they use quality contractors? Do they deliver projects on time? Make a point of visiting some of their projects so you can assess the finished product first-hand.