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Ten tips for first time property buyers in Singapore
The home buying process in Singapore is not easy. The regulations and rules that apply are kind of complicated, so it is normal to have doubts where to start. These tips will help:
1. Find out if you qualify to buy a property
Must meet certain requirements if they are buying with a mortgage loan. The first step is to have a pre-qualification tells you if you are ready to buy a property in Singapore, and how much you can go for.
2. Buy the house that best fits your budget
If you have good credit, you earn well and have little debt, you could qualify for a higher loan. Do not get it as you should buy an expensive house. If you have plans to expand your family, you love traveling and want to have financial stability and good saving, you cannot be to limit your debts and that includes home mortgage.
3. Make the offer when you are confident
You should make the offer but only if you feel sure that this is the house in Singapore that you like. Do not buy on impulse. Singapore sellers try to sell quickly, but you should not let pressure. It is true that if you do not take the decision on time could miss an opportunity, but better take that chance to make an offer on a house that you do not like.
4. Ask before signing the option contract
That is the time to answer questions, when signed by all parties, the option contract is considered valid and is expected to materialize business as required by contract. If you want to know what would happen to your deposit if the purchase is not made, the contract says, but you have to read it.
5. Please review all documents before signing
No need to be a lawyer to understand the basics of contract nor a realtor, but when in doubt, these are the professionals who will help. A contract with the naked eye should say start and end dates, amount of money as deposit, property description and penalties.
6. Check the money to accounts to buy
The total funding, i.e. 100 per cent ownership, is almost nonexistent today. Although you will find (in some new houses and there are other special programs), always have some expense. If you have plans to buy saves.
7. Know your duties as owner
The list of the benefits of owning your home could be endless, but do not forget the obligations you have to be owner. These are repairs and maintenance, in many cases postponed.
8. Taking into account other household expenses
Taxes, which vary according to Singapore property location and type of residence, and maintenance are some of them. Check if there are one or two residents associations. The latter occurs in some communities and involves pay two maintenance fees.
9. Meet restrictions community
In many Singapore places, there are very strict rules in communities. It is important that you not only like the house that you will buy, but the lifestyle that the community offers. But beware, they may come with many restrictions. Investigate first.
10. Remember that the final decision is yours
As Singapore people we love and share our goals, accomplishments and regrets. And that's good, but you must know what you want in a home. It is good to ask for advice, but the final decision should be yours. Bring family and friends who live with you house hunting, you might confuse you more. Everyone will have a different opinion.