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  • Sonya Lee

Buying property for the first time

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

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Stepping into the world of homeownership is both thrilling and a tad intimidating.

As a first-time buyer, the process can seem overwhelming. Fear not! SL Conveyancing is here to guide you every step of the way.

Let's dive into this comprehensive guide designed to streamline your journey from 'thinking about it' to 'home sweet home'.

Understanding Your Financial Position

Before browsing listings or daydreaming about colour palettes, establish a clear understanding of your financial situation:

  1. Budgeting: Know what you can comfortably afford. Consider not only the property price but also additional costs like stamp duty, conveyancing fees, and inspection costs.

  2. Pre-Approval: This gives you an edge in the competitive market, showing sellers you're serious and ready to buy.

  3. Government Schemes: As a first-time homebuyer in NSW, explore available government incentives and rebates.

Starting Your Property Search

  1. List Your Priorities: From the number of bedrooms to proximity to public transport, determine what's non-negotiable and what you can compromise on.

  2. Engage Experts: Consider working with a buyer's agent who can guide you based on your criteria.

  3. Research: Beyond the property itself, investigate the neighbourhood, local amenities, and future developments.

The Role of Conveyancing in Buying Property

Conveyancing is the legal process of transferring property ownership. As specialists in this field, we help with:

  1. Property Reports: These ensure there are no legal issues with the property.

  2. Contract Reviews: We'll help you understand and navigate the legalities.

  3. Settlement: We manage the complex documentation, ensuring a smooth transition of ownership.

Making an Offer

  1. Know the Market: Research recent sales in the area to make a competitive offer.

  2. Negotiation: Don't be afraid to negotiate. Remember, it's not just about price; terms and conditions can also sway a deal in your favour.

  3. Pest and Building Inspections: These are crucial to ensure there are no hidden surprises.

Final Steps

  1. Formal Approval: Once your offer is accepted, finalize your mortgage approval.

  2. Contract Exchange: This is where both parties commit to the sale. A deposit is typically required at this stage.

  3. Settlement: This is D-day when you finally become a homeowner! The balance of the purchase price is transferred, and keys are handed over.


Buying your first home is an exhilarating journey filled with milestones and memories. With the right guidance and a clear roadmap, the process can be smooth and even enjoyable. SL Conveyancing is dedicated to ensuring first-time homebuyers feel supported, informed, and confident. Welcome to homeownership; with us by your side, you're in safe hands.

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