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Buying Your First Home? Read This First

Buying your first home is one of the most important and exciting steps you will take and you want to get it right. We all know there is more to the process than just picking out a house we like, but sometimes the details can become overwhelming. Making a checklist of key things to consider will help you remain grounded, focused, and closer to making your dream a reality.


To keep things moving forward it is important to begin by putting a realistic budget in place. This way, you will not be wasting time on a vision you simply cannot afford. Once you have gained a clearer idea of what you can spend, you can relax and start fine tuning the details.


Most people have some idea of the kind of neighbourhood they would like to live in, but ask yourself how important a location is to your lifestyle.

If you have a stable workplace that is unlikely to change for some time, your commuting distance will be a consideration. Infrastructure around the neighbourhood will also be important. Think about your desired distance from parks and playgrounds, schools, shops, public transport, family and friends.

Spend some time visiting possible locations to learn more about the environment and the locals. Find out about the future of the area and any potential problems for the local community. Exploring areas rather than properties can help you to look past your house and make a more confident decision in the long term.

Make a list of the most important aspects about your location and be prepared to compromise if you must. Keep an open mind as many new developments have lots to offer and you may find like-minded souls are choosing a similar kind of lifestyle.


When deciding on the property itself, factor in the future as much as possible. Do you plan to live in the property yourself and for how long? Looking over the development plans will help you to work out whether these actions are possible.


If you are looking to borrow, many lenders will require a 20% deposit. However, some institutions will lend up to 95% of the total funds if you have someone who can act as your guarantor. If the lending process has you feeling confused, you may wish to engage a mortgage broker. The broker will take you through all your borrowing options and work with you to secure the best possible interest rate and borrowing conditions.

Engaging a Conveyancer or Solicitor

You will need to find a conveyancer to help you complete your purchase. While a solicitor can also perform the duty, a conveyancer is generally a little bit more specialised in their knowledge. They will help you to understand the sales contract and any details affecting the residence such as planning issues and usage permission.

Building Inspection

This is necessary before purchasing a property and must be undertaken by a licensed professional. They will assess the property for structural, electrical, plumbing and boundary issues.

First Home Buyers Grant

First home buyers are eligible for a government grant to help with the costs of their first home. There is also a NSW Home Builders Bonus available when building a new home, so consider these incentives when planning your first home purchase.

New Living Homes specialises in designing and building desirable homes at an affordable price in Sydney. We provide a range of home designs as well as house and land packages to make planning and buying your first home easy. To learn more about affordable properties throughout New South Wales, contact New Living Homes today on 1300 366 766 or Email Us.


Building a New Living Home has given me confidence that I can easily embark on building a home rather than buying a place, and get a better house/ home rather than a small flat. But you have to choose a builder that KNOWS how to build, that builds exactly how the design dictates. A builder who can deliver what they say, when they say. A house that won’t look daggy in years to come is important too, and New Living Homes did just that. The overall investment has worked out well too, growing in value is a short period of time.


”The idea of our brand new home is still really sinking in as we never dreamt of building or ever own. A VERY big thank you to New Living Homes for giving us a brand new home! You’ve made our dreams real!”- Grevillea 4.1, Elegance Facade

L & M King

We would just like to say a massive thank you once again for all your help with the house. We moved in on the weekend and we are loving it ! So thank you for being part of the team that made our dream come true.

Belinda, Jordan Springs, Acacia 4 Urban

I love that my new home is mine!!!! There is nothing I don't love about it. The finishes are great and it is just perfect! I love showing it off to people and all of my friends and family love it and always compliment the design and workmanship.

B.M - Spring Farm  

‘’From the very beginning, our experience with New Living Homes has been nothing but amazing. From our very first meeting at Spring Farm, to the accounts team, to the pre-construction team, and our Construction Manager on site, nothing was ever an issue, or a question too stupid’’.

Rebecca & Steve - Jordan Springs 

‘’I have been extremely happy with my experience with New Living Homes and have told anyone and everyone about our build. Everything went smoothly and yes there were a few problems but our site manager sorted them out as quickly as he could.. Throughout all the build, nothing was too much trouble for our site manager’’

Debbie & Brian - Jordan Springs 

After hearing some horror stories of people building their homes we were fairly nervous to see how it would all
unfold however from the very first dealing with New Living Homes we could not fault a single thing. I would like to
give special mention to Emma from the Brooks Reach Display who was very accommodating with us pestering her
with what seemed like every week as we would be checking different things in the display home.

Tim & Kara - Flinders

My experience was excellent. This was the second house I have built in 4 years and the whole experience was a pleasure from start to finish. All of the sales team were very helpful and very responsive to each and every enquiry I had.

Damian & Lauren - Spring Farm 

Building with New Living Homes has been a pleasant and enjoyable journey so far, and we know we have Sandra to thank for this. Her customer service is second to none, and has made all the difference in building this time round. My husband and I just wanted to make sure recognition and praise was given where it is due. Thanks again for everything Sandra! We are looking forward to more builds with NLH. 

D.E, Marsden Park 

I always thought that building a house in Australia would be a nightmare like everyone told me but it was more than a pleasure as I was never troubled about anything. The process was as smooth as a butter.

Thank you guys, its because of your amazing team work, good flow of communication and the zeal to work hard to let people achieve their dreams, has gotten us what we really wanted. -

Monika & Mayur, Elara 

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