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Buyers Guide

Purchasing a property

Buying a home is probably one of the most significant investments you’ll make in your lifetime. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or an experienced investor, it’s crucial to approach the process with careful consideration. Our buyer’s guide will provide you with essential tips to help you navigate the property market and make a wise purchase decision!

  1. Define your budget: Before starting your property search, think about your financial situation and determine how much you can afford. As well as the upfront cost, consider ongoing expenses like council tax, maintenance, insurance and any service charges. Perhaps consider obtaining a Pre-Approved Mortgage or an Agreement In Principle.
  2. Identify your requirements: Make a list of your must-haves and preferences in a home. This will help you narrow down your search and avoid wasting time on unsuitable options.
  3. Choose the right location: Location is a key factor that influences property value and lifestyle. Research the areas you’re interested in, considering factors like distance to schools, amenities, public transport, and future any development plans.
  4. Get a pre-approved mortgage: Getting pre-approved for a mortgage will give you a clear understanding of your borrowing ability and strengthen your position when making an offer. This is often referred to as an ‘Agreement In Principle’ or ‘Decision In Principle’. We can recommend several local mortgage advisors. Just let us know if we can help!
  5. Prepare for a viewing: Always inspect a property thoroughly .This will ensure you’re aware of the Property’s condition before making an offer. Sometimes it can be really useful to take a friend or family member as a second pair of eyes!
  6. Understand the legal aspects: Familiarise yourself with the legal processes involved. You will need a Solicitor or Conveyancer to deal with the legal side of buying a property & act on your behalf.
  7. Negotiate wisely: When making an offer, be prepared to negotiate with the seller. Understanding the market and having all the relevant documents in place such as a mortgage decision in principle and proof of deposit can show that you are a serious buyer to any seller. Most of the time a figure can be reached that pleases both buyer and seller!
  8. Factor in additional costs: In addition to the property’s price, consider other expenses such as solicitors, stamp duty, and moving costs.
  9. Get advice from others: Talk to friends, family, or colleagues who have experience in buying properties. Their insights can be valuable in your decision-making process. If you feel you have a good relationship with the estate agent then chat to them about your thoughts and concerns as well.
  10. Be prepared for the unexpected: No matter how well you plan, unexpected situations can crop up. Be flexible and be prepared to adapt and make necessary adjustments. These can be as common as time delays in the process, or they can be more involved such as Land Registry queries or specific requirements from a mortgage company.

At Ellis Brooke we have over 30 years of combined experience in helping to guide buyers through the entire process – from that first viewing enquiry, right through to handing over the keys to your new home! We pride ourselves on our local reputation and realise that a buyer one day, is a future seller who we want to impress with our helpful attitude and local knowledge.

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