Making 2018 The Year Your Step Foot On The Property Ladder

January 5, 2018 10:45 am

A new year is the chance to make changes to your life and set fresh goals for the months ahead. Aside from the usual aims, you might have to eat better and exercise more; January is the perfect opportunity to plan how you’re going to reach those major life goals that you’ve wanted for a long time. Many people will be taking their first steps onto the property ladder this year, and if you’re going to do the same; it’s time to get clued up on what you need to do to get there, and what to expect so that you’re fully prepared and successful in your pursuit. Therefore, it’s worth creating a detailed list of what you want from your next move and decided what is essential within your first property purchase.

There is no time like the present to try and buy =your own bit of real estate; the market will always go through highs and lows, but it’s better to be paying off your own mortgage instead of somebody else’s. Whether it’s a house or an apartment; a new home is a long-term investment, and a mortgage is the lowest interest rate you’re ever likely to receive on a loan. Therefore, take some time to research what’s on the market, and get as much professional help and advice as possible so that you can get a well-rounded idea of what you’re going to be able to get. The following are some areas to consider if you’re heading towards the estate agents this year with an idea of what you’d like to buy, and want to make 2018 the year you finally secure your first property purchase.

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Information Is Key

You may have a clear idea of where you want to live, the sort of properties that you like the look of, and even the sort of mortgage you’ll be eligible to get and can afford. However, unless you work within real estate or property law; you’re unlikely to understand all the legalities that go alongside buying your first, and any, home. There are pages of details that are crucial to the successful exchange of a property, and the experts will have taken years of training to understand what they all mean in regards to your investment. Therefore, it’s vital that you find a reputable first time buyer solicitor to help you every step of the way. You can utilise your solicitor to liaise with estate agents and sellers, and ensure that the building is as it should be moved any money is exchanged. They will carry out essential surveys, and if you’re buying a flat or any other leasehold property; they’ll be able to advise you on the added costs, and where you stand legally in regards to any changes to the property.

If you’ve chosen a property that you feel you like the look of; it’s important to pay it more than one visit. Arrange a viewing at various times of the day so that you can judge the noise from the road or the light in the garden; these can be game changers when it comes to your investment. It’s also worth visiting the street and surrounding area regularly before you make an offer. You’ll be able to get a sense of your potential new environment, and whether or not safety, community, and amenities would be an issue, a bonus, or something that’s likely to improve. The more you know about your property and the surrounding area in advance, the better understanding you’ll have about how the value of your first home will increase over time.

Don’t Just Think About Right Now

It can be tempting to see a place and think of your immediate future if you were able to purchase it. However, it’s worth thinking a little bit more long-term. Be prepared for hiccups along the process; it isn’t always a straightforward case of seeing then buying a home. There can often be a chain which leads to lengthy periods of time where you’re waiting to move in, so bear that in mind when you’re planning ahead. Think about if your job is likely to change in the next couple of years, or if you want a dog or to start a family; these will all affect how suitable a potential property is for you, so it’s worth doing yourself a five-year plan. Of course, things will happen along the way, and you don’t have to stick to it, but it will help to give yourself guidelines, so that big decisions are made simpler.

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