Steps To Buy a House

How long do they take? 

Homes aren’t impulse purchases. It takes time to sift through listings and make your way from one open home to the next; then, of course, there are those agonizing hours you wait to find out if your offer on a house was accepted, whether you can secure financing, and any number of other holdups

Just so you’re prepared to play the waiting game, here are the steps to buy a house and how long they typically take, so you aren’t sitting there holding your breath and wondering if something’s up.

How much home can I afford?

Answer: Speak with a mortgage broker or bank to understand your budget BEFORE you seriously start looking at homes as this will ensure that you make financial decisions over emotional decisions.

Often buyers get excited about the prospect of buying a home and they full in love with a property and have mentally placed all their furniture and envisaged their new life in this stunning home…… only to be told they can’t afford it.   Best to understand your lending capability ahead of time. 

How long does it take to get approved for a mortgage?

Answer: At least two weeks.

Getting approved (or pre-approved) for a mortgage is no simple process. Lenders need to examine your documentation, review your financial information, and reconcile any problems. So even if all your documents are in order and you’re a stellar candidate, expect to wait two weeks or more to find out if you got the green light.

How long does an open home inspection take?

Answer: 30 minutes to an hour

This one is largely up to you. A inspection could be as quick as five minutes if you immediately decide you don’t like the property. But if you are interested, odds are you will take your time, poking your head into every closet and turning on every faucet.

Other people are known to walk into a home and immediately know it’s “The One.”

Still, it’s essential to buy a home with your head as well as your heart, so go ahead and take your time to thoroughly vet every corner.

How long does it take for an offer to be accepted?

Answer:  this varies – one day to one week 

Unlike on “Selling Houses Australia” where offers are always accepted in a flash, the real world takes a bit more time. You may be tapping your toes in anticipation, but sellers have some leeway when responding to an offer. They have three options, each of which needs to be mulled over: Whether to accept your offer outright, counter it, or reject it.

How long does a Building & Pest inspection take?

Answer: One to two hours for the inspection, then 24 hours for the results

Buyers should attend the building & pest inspection, but be prepared for it to take a while. Inspections typically take about one to two hours—enough time for your inspector to examine the foundation, structure, and other common problem spots. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if it means taking 30 more minutes.

Once the inspection is completed, expect to see a report within 24 hours.  When you have it in hand, you can work with the sellers to determine if any changes need to be made before proceeding with an unconditional contract.

How long does a bank valuation take?

Answer: the time often lies with the valuer physically attending the property, this can take 3-5 days.  The actual valuer inspection will take 30 mins and the report presented to the lender within 48 hours. 

Like a building and pest inspection, the valuer—the professional who estimates the home’s value on behalf of your lender—might spend a few hours examining the property (and this time, your presence isn’t necessary). After viewing the house, the valuer will examine comparable homes in the neighbourhood (“comps”) and look through the neighbourhood.

Because their prepared report can be quite comprehensive, its composition can take some time. Expect your lender to receive the report within 48 hours. 

How long does it take to settle on a home?

Answer: depending on the contract dates, settlement often occurs within 30-45 days. 

Settlement can happen very quickly once the contract is unconditional, typically within the 30 day time period – it never is earlier than 30 days as all the legal documents need to be changed to ensure all the monies and change of ownership are ready to be immediately updated upon settlement.