How to buy a home

Buying a first home? Family home? Upsizing or downsizing? We've pulled together tips on every aspect of buying a property so you can easily navigate through the home buying maze.

Buying

Tips on buying & selling at the same time

For the ultimate sugar and stress high, buying a new property while selling your existing one can be one of the best. Especially if a high percentage of your existing and new properties are mortgag...

What is an offer?

So you’ve finally found your dream home and you really want to buy it. What next? Knock on the door with a large cheque in hand? Put a tent on the lawn? Move into the dog kennel? Nope, you need ...

Making your first offer

So you’ve found a home and want it to be yours. Here’s what to do next.  Your emotions can swing wildly from excitement to terror when you make an offer on a property – it’s not everyday you end u...

The art of negotiation

Everyone loves a good deal – we at Trade Me know that well – but making an offer that really is too low could mean you miss out on a property altogether, particularly in a hot market. You don’t wa...

Why your offer might not be accepted

High emotions and heartbreak are all part of the real estate game. Unless you’re extremely lucky or seriously determined, you’ll probably need to go through submitting several offers on properties...

Making an offer at auction

Making your first bid at an auction is a bit like base jumping. Your heart is pumping, there’s sweat in unusual places and it feels like a life-changing moment. There’s absolutely no going back ...

Conditional vs unconditional

While to the uninitiated it might sound like some kind of country love song, going ‘conditional’ on a property means your offer’s been accepted by the seller and you now have an agreed period of ti...

How to buy from a private seller

Kiwis are great DIYers, and plenty of us are buying and selling property privately. When there isn’t an agent guiding the negotiation between you and seller, it’s vital that you’re up to speed on ...

You've sealed the deal...now what?

Like a kid on Christmas morning, this is the time where your patience will once again be sorely tested. Yes the house is yours, and no you can’t have it yet. You can only drive by it to admire i...

Getting down to the paperwork

When you’re committing to spending hundreds of thousands (or millions) of dollars on anything, don’t be surprised if there’s a stack of paperwork to go with it. Sale and Purchase Agreement The Auc...
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