There’s no point wasting your time searching for or getting emotionally attached to a property if you can’t make an offer on it.
Comparing Home Loans
While the interest rate is important, you need to consider the entire cost of having a loan, and any discounts you can get on your banking.
It’s a sunny Saturday, and you’re prepping for a spot of house shopping. You’ve got a shortlist of properties to see, an inspection checklist, your significant other, and a strong coffee. But, have you got your finance sorted out?
Before you start doing any inspections, you need to get a loan approval. Here’s why:
1. You know you can get a loan
There is no point doing open house inspections and getting excited about a property if you have no assurances that a bank will lend you money to buy it. Get approval before you waste any Saturdays.
2. You can be more choosy
You must compare home loans to get the best deal. While the interest rate is important, you need to consider the entire cost of having a loan, and any discounts you can get on your banking. Organising pre-approval gives you time to shop around for the best home loan for you.
3. Have realistic price expectations
It’s all well and good to use a home loan calculator at home, but until you have pre-approval, you have no idea how much you can actually borrow. Getting pre-approval means you don’t waste time on properties that you just cannot afford.
4. You are ready to buy
When you find the right property, you need to move fast for two reasons. It ensures no one else gets a chance to buy it before you, and gives you a bit of bargaining power. Being able to move ahead quickly will entice some buyers and can use this to negotiate the price lower. Loan approvals in Australia take time, so don’t leave it until you’re negotiating.
5. It makes the negotiations process less stressful
There will be a million things to think about and do when negotiating for a property. The last thing you want is to be chasing a payslip from five months ago to give to a bank. If you have a pre-approval, you just call the bank and provide them with the address and sale price. No stress.
So, before you spend hours poring over real estate listings or plodding around open houses get yourself a pre-approval. It will save you stress, time and money.