Riding the rollercoaster: 6 feelings you’re likely to experience as a first-time buyer

There’s no doubt about it – buying your first home is one of the most rewarding experiences of your life! However, it is an emotional journey. Here are 6 feelings you may experience as part of the purchasing roller coaster (buckle your seatbelts – it’s quite a ride!).

1) Excitement at the prospect of buying

You’ve been working hard to save a deposit and it’s finally time to purchase. When that time comes, it’s like someone has opened the door to a whole new world. And it’s an exciting place indeed! At this point, the anticipation is killing you.

2) Confusion about what exactly is involved

You’re a rookie, so of course, the purchasing process can seem overwhelming and daunting. Where does one start? What kind of research is required? What type of loan is right for your needs?

Here’s a quick rundown of the steps involved:

1. Apply for pre-approval

2. Do your research and find the right home

3. Have your conveyancer check the contract of sale

4. Organise building and pest inspections

5. Put in an offer or go to auction

6. Finalise your home loan

7. Do a final inspection on the property

8. Settlement

9. Move-in!

3) Relief when you discover how we can help

Ahhh, you’re not in this alone. That’s right – we can walk you through the buying process, starting with the research component. Our free suburb and property reports offer a wealth of information, from details about capital growth and median values to recent sales data.

Next, we’ll take care of your finance for you. We can:

  • Explain your borrowing capacity (how much a bank will lend you)
  • Arrange pre-approval on your finance (so that you’re ready to make offers or bid at auction)
  • Explain loan features that may save you money in interest (for example offset accounts and redraw facilities)
  • Line you up with the right home loan for your specific needs
  • Take care of the paperwork for you.

4) Exasperation as you look for the right property

If you’re one of the lucky ones who finds the right property early, you may escape the exasperation stage altogether. However, if you find your weekends being consumed by inspection after inspection to no avail, it can leave you feeling exhausted and discouraged.

Don’t despair – your dream home is out there. Just remember, with every inspection you’re one step closer to the thrill of finding your very own pad!

5) Nervy during negotiations

You know when you’re at the top of the roller coaster incline and it’s about to drop? Waiting for a vendor to accept your offer or fronting up at an auction can feel a bit like that. There are bound to be butterflies in your stomach – just hold on tight and remember the best is yet to come.

6) Elation when the paperwork is signed and it’s yours!

There’s nothing as rewarding as receiving a shiny new set of keys and walking through the front door into your own slice of real estate. You’ve survived the journey and probably even enjoyed it! It’s at this point you’ll feel pure, unadulterated joy.

Buying your first home is an experience you’ll never forget. The thrill. The adrenalin. And the rush of emotions when it’s finally yours are hard to beat. If you’re ready to purchase your first home, please get in touch. Let us be your conductor; you just enjoy the ride.

Chris Connolly
Connolly Wealth Management
Level 1, 441 South Road
Bentleigh  VIC  3204
(P) 03 9591 8000
(F) 03 9530 8375
(E) chris@connollywealth.com.au
(W) www.connollywealth.com.au

Disclosure: Christopher Connolly (280099) and Connolly Wealth Management Pty Ltd (333350) are Authorised Representatives of Wealthsure Financial Services Pty Ltd AFSL 326450.

 

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Everything you need to know about rentvesting

Rentvesting has become increasingly popular in recent times. Last year, research from the Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) found that one-third of first-time buyers opted to become ‘rentvestors,’ rather than homeowners.

Here’s what you need to know before deciding whether rentvesting is right for you. But first, let’s look at an age-old question.

 To rent or buy?

If you’re wondering whether it’s cheaper to rent or buy, the answer depends on where you buy and your individual financial situation.

Domain Group compared weekly mortgage repayments on a median sale price to median rent for both houses and units in the year to April. The research found that in many capital city suburbs, rents were higher than mortgages (find out where it’s cheaper to buy a property than rent).

But what if you didn’t have to choose between renting and buying. What if you could have the best of both worlds?

What is rentvesting

Rentvesting is where you rent where you want to live and buy where you can afford. Simple.

Pros

A leg up on the property ladder

 If like most first-time buyers, you can’t afford your dream home straight away, rentvesting gives you options. It allows you to get started in the property market with a smaller deposit and work towards buying the home you want or to build your investment portfolio.

Lifestyle perks

Want to live in a trendy neighbourhood that’s out of your price range? With rentvesting, you can. Live the lifestyle you want, and invest elsewhere.

Flexibility

Renting gives you increased flexibility to move around if your circumstances change.

Tax benefits

What’s really great about owning an investment property are the tax perks. Most of the property expenses can be offset against your income.

Cons 

No FHOG

If you decide to buy an investment property rather than a home, you won’t be entitled to the FHOG and stamp duty exemptions or concessions for that property. These are for first time owner-occupiers.

Added responsibility

Being a renter and a landlord at the same time means you’ll have multiple expenses to cover. In addition to paying your rent, you’ll have costs including council rates, body corporate (if applicable), property management fees, maintenance, other running costs, and of course, your mortgage repayments. Keep in mind that if your investment is tenanted, the rental return may cover some, if not all, of these expenses.

You won’t own your home

Renting means you won’t be able to make the property your own. You also won’t have control over how long you can stay. Leases usually tend to be 6 or 12 months, so you may end up having to move regularly.

Capital Gains Tax

If your investment goes up in value, you may be subject to Capital Gains Tax when you decide to sell.

Steps for purchasing your first investment property

Step 1: Talk to us about your borrowing power and get pre-approval on your finance

Step 2: Formulate your investment strategy (it’s a good idea to talk to a financial planner or accountant)

Step 3: Create a purchasing budget, factoring in all the costs associated with owning an investment property

Step 4: Do your research (for things like capital growth potential and rental yield)

Step 5: Once you find a property, organise building and pest inspections

Step 6: Get us to finalise your investment loan.

Like to know more?

If you think rentvesting is right for you, we can help you explore your finance options. We’ll hook you up with a competitive investment loan that’s right for your needs. Please get in touch.

P.S. Have you seen our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter page? Check them out by searching @connollyfinance

Chris Connolly
Connolly Wealth Management
Level 1, 441 South Road
Bentleigh  VIC  3204
(P) 03 9591 8000
(F) 03 9530 8375
(E) chris@connollywealth.com.au
(W) www.connollywealth.com.au

Disclosure: Christopher Connolly (280099) and Connolly Wealth Management Pty Ltd (333350) are Authorised Representatives of Wealthsure Financial Services Pty Ltd AFSL 326450.

 

Disclaimer
The information contained in this email and its links/attachments are general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances, financial needs or objectives. Before acting on any information, you should consider the appropriateness of it and the relevant product having regard to your objectives, financial situation, and needs. In particular, you should seek the appropriate financial advice and read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or other offer document prior to acquiring any financial products.

How to Prepare for the Spring Property Season

The busy Spring property season is just around the corner and you know what that means? Whether you’re planning to buy or sell, NOW is the time to start getting organised.

Here’s how:

Tips if you’re planning to BUY this Spring:

Get your finance sorted pronto!

There’s no point starting the property hunt until you know how much you can borrow. Talk to us and we’ll explain your borrowing power.

If you haven’t already done so, it’s also a good idea to get pre-approved for finance now, so that you don’t miss out on your dream home once you find it. For most lenders, pre-approvals last 3-6 months.

Do your research

Whether you’re a first home buyer or you’ve been around the block, it’s important to do your homework.

  • Narrow down the suburbs you’re interested in and research the market value of your desired property type
  • Check government websites for projects that may influence the capital growth potential
  • Consider the zoning and whether upcoming developments could affect supply and demand
  • Check out recent comparable sales on websites like realestate.com.au
  • Get to know local real estate agents now, so that they keep you in the loop about new listings during Spring
  • Ask us for a free suburb report with all the key info you’ll need.

Attend several auctions before you actually bid

Bidding at auction can be extremely daunting, particularly with the knowledge that there’s no cooling off period. You’ll want to feel confident about the process before going in guns blazing.

Over the coming weeks, make time to attend several auctions to get a feel for how they unfold. Even if you’ve bought at auction before, it’s a good idea to suss out the market in advance.

Tips if you’re planning to SELL this Spring:

Declutter

That’s right, it’s time to channel your inner Marie Kondo. You may be thinking, ‘it’s only August, I’ll have time for that later,’ but it’s important not to underestimate how long the decluttering process can take!

Decluttering can make a world of difference to prospective buyers. It allows them to see the space more clearly and imagine themselves living in your home. In simple terms, space sells.

With that in mind, ditch what you don’t need and consider putting the majority of your belongings into storage.

Clean meticulously

Time to give your home a thorough clean. You’ll want your property looking its absolute best for when the inspections begin.

If there are any repairs or maintenance jobs you’ve been putting off over the Winter, now is the time to address them.

 

Consider renovating

Want to drive up the sales price? Why not renovate this month and add value to your property?

Most experts recommend the top priorities when renovating for profit should be the kitchen and bathroom(s). If you need finance for these kinds of big-ticket renovations, we can help.

However, even making small cosmetic enhancements, like applying a fresh coat of paint or putting up new blinds, could result in a heftier price tag.

 

Sort out your finance for your next property purchase

Already found your next home? You may need bridging finance to tide you over until settlement is finalised on your old property.

So, what’s on your to-do list this month? Remember, whether you’re buying or selling this Spring, now is the time to start planning and preparing. Speak to us for all your finance needs today!

Chris Connolly
Connolly Wealth Management
Level 1, 441 South Road
Bentleigh  VIC  3204
(P) 03 9591 8000
(F) 03 9530 8375
(E) chris@connollywealth.com.au
(W) www.connollywealth.com.au

Disclosure: Christopher Connolly (280099) and Connolly Wealth Management Pty Ltd (333350) are Authorised Representatives of Wealthsure Financial Services Pty Ltd AFSL 326450.

 

Disclaimer
The information contained in this email and its links/attachments are general in nature and does not take into account your personal circumstances, financial needs or objectives. Before acting on any information, you should consider the appropriateness of it and the relevant product having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. In particular, you should seek the appropriate financial advice and read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or other offer document prior to acquiring any financial products.