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8 Steps to Buying a Property in Brisbane

For first time home-buyers, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by the whole experience of purchasing a property. 

ABIS has listed out 8 steps that could assist you greatly in your journey to be a home-owner in Brisbane, Queensland.

Buying A Property in Brisbane

Step 1 – Determine Your Budget and Affordability

If you are feeling stressed out in your house-hunt, take a step back to reconsider your search criteria and re-evaluate your options. Determine what you can exactly afford, taking into accounts of any potential extra and hidden cost. Find out how much you can borrow, add this to your deposit, and get an estimate of what the add-on costs will be including loan costs and stamp duty on the loan, stamp duty on the property, moving costs, building and pest inspection, installing electricity, gas, internet, and more.

Step 2 – Feel the Area

Research the areas where you want to live, attend open houses and auctions to get a feel for property prices in the location. Have a drive around the suburbs and if possible, get local insights by talking to some neighbours or people who have lived in that particular suburb.

Step 3 – Reconfirm House Upgrades

Once you have decided on a house, confirm which fixtures and fittings are included in the sale – dishwashers, outdoor pots, verandah, kitchen tops, etc. Always double check with the owner or the property agent so that both parties are on the same page.

Step 4 – Make An Offer

Make an offer on the property. Usually, the property agent will ask you for a written offer prior to taking it to the owner, however, the negotiation back-and-forth after that is often verbal with signatures following up once everything is confirmed. You will need to supply a small deposit, with the full deposit handed to the estate agent within 7 days. You then need to complete a Disclose to Buyer and Contract of Sale listing the fixtures and any special conditions such as:

  1. Subject to building and pest inspection
  2. Subject to finance
  3. Subject to sale of an existing property
    (Note: these special conditions serve to help you cancel the contract if you find you cannot go ahead due to issues found through the Building and Pest Inspection, or if your bank won’t approve the finance for some reason).

Step 5 – Post Contract-of-Sale

As soon as your Contract of Sale has been accepted and dated you should:

  1. Apply for your loan
  2. Order a Building and Pest Inspection
  3. Find a conveyancer to handle the paperwork and government searches
  4. Organise insurance on your new home (once the contract is unconditional, you are responsible for it).

Step 6 – Property Transfer

Your conveyancer will complete transfer documents which verify that the property is to be transferred from the seller’s name into your name. You will need to pay the Stamp Duty Transfer to your solicitor who will submit it to the appropriate authorities.

Step 7 – Property Settlement

The settlement is then handled by your conveyancer and your bank where the balance of monies is handed over on the settlement date nominated in the Contract of Sale (this date can be varied by mutual consent from both sides if something happens to hold up the sale). The property should be handed over in the same condition as it was on the day of the inspection, and you are entitled to have a building inspection done again just to make sure.

Step 8 – Get the Keys!

You and the real estate agent will be advised once the settlement is complete, then you will be able to pick up the keys. Now you can move in and celebrate your new home!


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ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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