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Buyer's Guide

Home Buyer's Toolkit

We have developed the Satterley Home Buyer’s Toolkit to break down the land buying and home building experience into 7 simple stages, arming you with the knowledge and resources needed to navigate this process with clarity and confidence.

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Getting Started

Buying a home—one of life’s biggest investments isn’t devoid of challenges. However, it’s also a great source of pride and excitement, so make sure you stay informed for a smooth buying and building experience.

As you prepare to take the first steps of your property journey, it’s important to give yourself a sense of direction as to what you need, what you can afford, and what type of real estate you’re in the market for. Figuring out what features are a necessity for your lifestyle, getting a good idea of your financial situation, and ensuring that the home building path is right for you are all things you’ll have to consider before you can really get the ball rolling. Let’s get you started!

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Financing Your First Home

Before you begin researching communities and visiting display homes, it’s important to make sure that your finances are in order. What’s your budget for your first home? How much can you borrow for a home loan? For many, securing a mortgage is an inevitable part of the home buying experience.

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Choosing Your Community

While it’s important to build a home you’re happy with, it’s just as important to find a community that’s right for you. By surrounding yourself with like-minded people, fantastic amenities and surrounds that complement your lifestyle, you can be confident that you’ll be happy with your decision now and for years to come. Does it offer opportunities to connect with your neighbours? What features are most important to you? Is the environment something you’d like your family to be in?

Having a sense of community is paramount. By surrounding yourself with like-minded people, fantastic amenities and surrounds that complement your lifestyle, you can be confident that you’ll be happy with your decision now and for years to come. 

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Exploring Your Home Options

When setting out on your land buying, home building journey, one of the first things you’ll have to consider is exactly what type of property you want to move into. By exploring the different options that are available and getting a clear picture of their unique characteristics, you’ll be in a great position to make an informed decision about the style of home that will suit you, both now and in the future. Whether you intend to buy a stand-alone house or townhouse, or build on your own, consider involving the family in making the decision.

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Contracts and Settlements

With a block of land picked out, your ideal property type firmly in mind and pre-approval in your back pocket, it’s time to begin the buying process. Make sure you’re well-informed with everything from reviewing the contract to post-settlement.

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Design and Construction

In the interim between your offer to purchase and settlement, you’ll usually have a gap of several months in which you can finally put your vision to paper – so to speak. This is where you will engage an architect, home builder or building designer to finalise your building plans and specifications. It’s also the time to put some serious thought to interior design, landscaping and home security, as well as getting the sign-off on your building plans so that construction can commence without a hitch.

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Moving In

Congratulations! It’s finally time to move into your new home and join your new community as part of a thriving residential estate. You’ve got the keys, successfully made it through every step of the land buying, home building journey, and now it’s just a matter of transitioning into your new life. Don’t underestimate the importance of planning your move to ensure a stress-free changeover.

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