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Buying your home

Guide to buying your home

We have used that knowledge and experience to create our impartial Buyer’s Guide, a detailed guide which answers the key questions we have been asked about every aspect of the house buying process

Be prepared to "snoop around" a little. After all, you want to know as much as possible about the home you buy. Sellers understand that because their home is on the market, it will be looked over pretty thoroughly.

If you need to go back to a home for another look, your agent will be happy to schedule an appointment. Also, be sure to ask any questions you have about the home, even if you feel you're being nosy. You have a right to know.

Finding the right home for you

There is no set number of homes you should look at before you decide to make an offer on one. That’s why providing the agent with as many details as possible up front is so helpful.

Some people prefer new homes, which generally have more space in the rooms where today’s families do their living, like a family room or activity area. They’re usually easier to maintain, too.

However, many homes built years ago offer more total space for the money, as well as larger yards. Taxes on some older homes may also be lower. Some people are charmed by the elegance of an older home, but shy away because they’re concerned about potential maintenance costs.

The perfect home may be waiting for you on your first visit. Even if it isn’t, the house-hunting process will help you get a feeling for the homes in the community and narrow your choices to a few homes that are worth a second look.

If you’re looking in more than one community, try to make the most of each house-hunting trip. Stop by the local chamber of commerce to pick up promotional literature about the community. Or ask the agent for welcome kits, maps and information about schools, churches and recreational facilities. Also, be sure to take along a camera and snap some pictures of all the homes you like. That will make it easier to remember and reach a decision.

Use the mortgage calculator to estimate your monthly mortgage payment. Simply enter the price of the home, your down payment and loan details to calculate your monthly payment.

Buyers checklist – 

  • Making an offer
  • Instructing your Conveyancer
  • Arranging your Mortgage
  • Arranging a survey
  • Organising deposit funds
  • Conveyancing Checklist

You’ve just purchased a residential property.

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to buy a new home! 


Once you’ve made your list, contact your Archstone Residential agent to begin the home buying process. If you are not already working with a Archstone Residential agent, you can click on Agent and Office Search on our home page. Be assured that by choosing a agent from Archstone Residential you will find a professionally trained, experienced agent to offer you agency representation options and full service.

You have an Acceptable Offer!

Since the Contract writing procedure, down payments required, building inspection contingency dates, etc., varies within regions, please consult with your Sales Associate so that they can inform you of the immediate action steps. Timing is critical at this stage!

Between Contract and Closing

Our promise is to assist you with the services you need before, during, and after your move. From moving companies and new community information, to home improvement services we’re here to help you every step of the way. From moving companies and new community information, to home improvement services we’re here to help you every step of the way. 

What to expect at the closing

The closing is a formal process where all parties sign all of the necessary paperwork needed to complete the transaction Title so the property is transferred from the seller to you. The seller receives payment for the home, and you receive the house keys! From the amount credited to the seller, the title representative subtracts the funds to pay off the existing mortgage and other transaction costs. Deeds, loan papers, and other documents are prepared, signed, and ultimately filed with local property record office.

After the closing

At closing and beyond, our professional employees is here to assist you with all the details as you move into your new home.


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