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Find the perfect home

So you’ve got an idea of what you can afford, now it’s time for the fun part - deciding where to buy a house. Here’s what to consider while home hunting.

Choose an area

You can make a home look prettier but you can’t pick it up and move it. It’s all about location, location, location - and finding an area you know you’ll love.

Narrow down your search

Looking for somewhere with a garden, garage or office? We’ve got all the tools you need to help you do just that.

Viewing properties

Whether you’re after a do-er upper or a good-to-go home, we’ve got the questions to ask the agents plus tips on how to spot property with potential.

New-builds

One top reason to bag a new-build home is that most come with a 10-year warranty. Plus they have the latest eco-friendly, energy-efficient appliances.

Retirement

Did you know there are such things as interest-only retirement properties? There's more to retirement than having more time to babysit your grandkids.

  • Am I too old to get a mortgage?

    Legally, you're never too old to get a mortgage. As long as you've got the means to pay it, there'll be mortgage providers willing to lend it.

  • What's a lifetime mortgage?

    If you’re looking to release some equity in your home for retirement, a lifetime mortgage lets you do just that, while letting you retain ownership of it for life.

  • Should I move to a retirement village?

    Retirement villages, with their spas, cinemas and on-site facilities can be enticing. But make sure you read the small print before signing up, as they can also be very expensive.