Step 3: Find your home

Time to go shopping!

Buying a home is a long term investment, so you need to make sure the home you choose is comfortable and that you’ll be happy there for a long time. Things to consider when choosing an area to live include:

  • Availability of public transport
  • Closeness to facilities such as schools and shopping centres
  • Distance from your family and friends
  • Costs involved with commuting to work
  • Are house prices in the area tipped to grow or drop in coming years?
  • Is the area you like subject to floods or other natural disasters?
  • Will the home be big enough if you decide to start a family in the near future?

Once you’ve found a home that suits your needs and is within your budget, you can progress to making an offer through a real estate agent.