Purchasing a property is a thrilling yet nerve-wracking experience, which is why it can be handy to surround yourself with a network of support and expertise. Here are the different parties who may be involved in your home-buying process and how you can use this valuable knowledge base to answer your questions.
Mortgage broker (Mel Finance services)
Brokers act as a liaison between you and the lender. They will find out about your finances and your property goals, and search for and negotiate a loan product that matches your needs. At Mel Finance we have over 30 lenders to compare your home loan. Besides doing the legwork, our Melbourne mortgage brokers we will ensure your loan is processed as smoothly as possible, and we will guide you throughout the entire process. If you need money to make your purchase, you will need a lender, whether it’s a major bank, a second-tier or non-major, or a specialist lender for more difficult funding proposals.
Real estate agent
Unless you’re working with a private vendor, meeting a real estate agent is inevitable when it comes to purchasing a property. Hired by the vendor, or seller, their role is to market and communicate about the property, advise on preparing it for sale and negotiate with potential buyers.
Risk management is vital in such a high-value purchase and long-term financial commitment. Insurance, including mortgage protection and property insurance, will help you avoid being hit with a major financial burden should anything not go according to plan. Since we do not deal with insurance companies we will recommend a trusted insurance broker who can assist you.
Solicitor or Conveyancer
The legal aspect of a property purchase is taken care by a licensed and qualified conveyancer. If they are a solicitor, they can also provide legal advice. Their role is to prepare the documents to ensure that transfer of ownership of the property has met the legal requirements in your state or territory.
Knowing the value of a property is a vital factor in a loan application, so a valuer can play a huge role in the home-buying process. A lender will often engage an impartial valuer to ensure that the buyer and the lender will know what loan amount may be warranted. The value is based on the property and location, as well as the current market. Usually lenders have their own valuer panel and the reports can be confidential.
Pest and building inspectors
Without the services of pest and building inspectors, a homebuyer’s worst nightmare – finding out the property they have bought requires costly renovations or pest treatment – may come true. Organising a pre-purchase inspection is essential. If the property requires structural, wiring or repair work, these inspections can stop you from making a costly mistake or, if the property is still your dream home but just needs a little work, can provide a valuable bargaining chip.
For quality service and support throughout your home-buying experience in Melbourne, ensure your professionals are accredited with peak national industry bodies such as the Mortgage & Finance Association Australia (MFAA). Mel Finance services is a MFAA accredited broker. And Mel finance is not your average mortgage broker in Melbourne.