Purchasing a home for many people is a lifetime investment. First time owners should follow certain guidelines to avoid major mistakes. What may appear to be a saving in the beginning may prove to be quite costly in the end.
Here are some guidelines to follow when purchasing a home:
- Select a mortgage institution to ascertain the mortgage for which you would qualify. This will determine how much you can afford to pay for your new home.
- Ensure that you have the deposit readily available (10% of the sale price of the property), when you have found your desired property, you will be required to pay the deposit to secure the purchase, usually within 1-4 days of your offer on the property being accepted.
- Decide on the area you would prefer. Consider the size of the property you desire, neighborhood, services, security and proximity to facilities
- Contact us at Your Move Real Estate to view available properties. We work in partnership will all other real estate agents and companies in Trinidad & Tobago (we do not charge for advice or viewing properties).
- Examine the houses that you prefer carefully, the electrical wiring, plumbing, condition of the woodwork, roofing, masonry work, cupboard work.
- Be aware that the real cost of the house included the cost of required renovation and repairs.
- Have your real estate broker or your lawyer prepare a Purchase Agreement, which should be signed by both vendor and purchaser on payment of the 10% deposit. Review all clauses in this agreement. Usually the sale will close within 90 days of making the initial down payment
- On signing the sale and purchase agreement, request from the real estate broker, copies of the Deed, the Land and Building taxes, a WASA receipt and a WASA Clearance certificate up to the expected date of closing, as your lawyer will require these documents.
- Have a valuation done to determine the correct value of the property
- Take out an insurance policy to cover the amount of the mortgage.
- Establish any additional costs which will be payable on closing, stamp duty, lawyers fees, etc. to avoid “surprises” on closing the transaction.
- On closing, you will be required to sign the Deed in the lawyers office, and all payments will be finalized at this point.
- To transfer your electricity service from the previous owner to yourself, the electricity commission will require a copy of your new deed together with a payment of $95.00
- To transfer your telephone landline present an authorization letter from the previous owner together with a request from you.
- Mortgage payments should always be made on a timely basis to avoid unnecessary interest charges. The mortgage/lending company can foreclose on your home if arrears accumulate.