9 tips to help first home buyers enter the property market


With the coronavirus crisis causing a short term lull in our property markets, many first home buyers are wondering if now is a good time to take advantage of the opportunity and get a foot on the property ladder.

If you are thinking about buying your first home, consider the following tips before you sign on the dotted line.

1. Rentvesting

RentWhile the thought of living in your own home is a tempting one, there is a financial incentive to making your first house an investment property.

This allows you to live where you want to live but can’t afford to buy as a tenant, while still providing the opportunity to enter the property market investment property we can afford to.

In doing so, all costs become a tax deduction and therefore up to 40% cheaper than your own home.

2. Apartments

Do not try and run before you walk.

Many people want to start in this sort of home that he took their parents 30 to 40 years to be able to afford.

Instead why not consider buying an apartment, but not in one of those high-rise Legoland blocks in the CBD – they have no scarcity, no owner occupier appeal and very little capital growth.

Instead consider it established apartment in a small block in a great neighbourhood close to public transport and amenities.

3. Consider the bank of mum and dad

With high property prices making it harder to enter the property market more Australians are approaching their parents for a financial hand.

Younger buyers seem to have more difficulty to saving their deposits because of flat incomes, rising living costs and the need to have a substantial deposit to qualify for the state-government first homeowner grants.

On the other hand, their parents have benefited from significant increases in the value of their family homes, giving them plenty of equity to borrow against to help their children.

Lending form the bank of Mum and Dad is on the increase, with more than 55% of first time home buyers requiring financial assistance from their parents.

4. Understand the costs involved

Too many first home buyers are fixated with the purchase price of a property and give scant regard to the variety of other costs involved in home ownership.

Firstly, there is stamp duty, which can be about five per cent of the purchase price – although there are a number of first home owner stamp duty concessions, but they come with strict guidelines and maximum purchase prices.

Another cost is conveyancing, which are the legal costs involved in the transaction including transferring ownership from the seller to you.

Hidden CostsOf course, there are also moving costs to consider, too.

When renters become homeowners, they also learn about all the other costs that their landlord used to pay, which they were probably blissfully unaware of.

These include insurances, council rates, body corporate or owner’s corporation fees if your new home is an attached dwelling, as well as repair and maintenance.

These costs can be thousands of dollars annually, which you will need to budget for every year.

Another home ownership cost is rising interest rates on your mortgage, which you will have to pay if and when it happens.

5. Get advice – do not fall prey

Some agents prey on first home buyers by drawing them in with sharp marketing and then negotiating with an eager, naïve customer who is anxious to get on the property ladder.

Before long they may have paid too much, bought on a main road, and have usually overpaid.

This consistently ends in the first home buyer regret, and them wishing they had never wanted to buy a property in the first place.

6. Fear of missing out

Fear of missing out causes a lot of buyer mistakes.

First Home BuyersThe pressure of auctions, being fed up with looking, or following what others are doing can all lead to disaster.

Getting carried away or being too over-exuberant with negotiating a property deal can lead to mistakes that are expensive and can take years to unwind.

Overpaying is one of the biggest mistakes that first home buyers make because they are so excited about the opportunity of becoming a homeowner they’re thinking with their hearts, and not with their heads.

7. Think long term

If you don’ t want to own the property in 20 years, do not buy it – walk away.

If you need your money back in 0–5 years, do not buy property.

The entry and exit costs are far too steep; the mistakes too costly.

8. Invest in yourself

Business LearnBy far, the biggest investment you can make is in yourself; nothing pays like specialist knowledge.

Spend 30–45 minutes every day increasing your knowledge, reading articles like those in Yahoo Finance, reading blogs and listening to podcasts until you are at the top of your game.

This will help you into that first home even sooner and set you up for financial success.

9. Don’t try and do it on your own

The homebuying process is complex and first homebuyers are often seen as “shark bait” by real estate agents, property marketers and lenders.

Don’t be scared to ask for help.

Buyers agents, mortgage brokers and solicitors are all examples of professionals who is expertise can help make sure you’re buying process go smoothly and you get what you want and understand what you’re getting.

Now is the time to take action and set yourself for the opportunities that will present themselves as the market moves on


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Kate Forbes is a National Director Property Strategy at Metropole. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
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    February 8, 2021 land of sale

    Great information shared on property investment, Thanks for sharing your deep thoughts on this subject. Keep up the great writing.


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