What to consider first the property or the loan
It’s easy to get carried away with the fun part of buying a property – looking at houses – but delaying the less compelling task of arranging finance will weaken your negotiating position on both the property and the loan.
Arranging finances beforehand
First and foremost you need to determine if you’re eligible to borrow money from a lender. Your ability to repay the loan will need to be assessed – you don’t want to find out after you’ve [made an offer] that your credit history or deposit is not up to scratch.
Arranging finance before finding the perfect property will put you in a good position when it comes time to make an offer. When you do find the house you have always wanted, you can present it to the seller and estate agent as a prepared applicant who is serious and reliable.
It shows you mean business, and gives them peace of mind that your financing will not fall through.
If you don’t have financing to pay for your property, you run the risk of forfeiting your initial 10 percent non-refundable deposit you need to put down to secure the property. This may differ depending on what state you live in, but the point is it always pays to be organized and have pre-approval in place.
Saving home loan applications to the last minute also leaves less time to find the most suitable loan and have it approved ahead of settlement.
Arranging finances as an afterthought also adds immense pressure to the process of shopping around for the right loan and gathering the paperwork to prove you can service the loan and you don’t want to rush this process.
You can calculate your borrowing limit using the calculator on our website. By providing some necessary information like income and expenses, you can calculate how much you can borrow and what your mortgage repayments will be.