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The Process
New Home Construction

The Loan Company is a part of Australia's largest home builder – the BGC Group – and has helped tens of thousands of clients obtain finance to build their new home. Our Mortgage Brokers have extensive experience in the field of construction finance, and are well-placed to educate you on the requirements of the bank, builder and land developer. We know the building process intimately, and to help ease you through the process we've outlined the major steps below – from working out how much you can spend to when construction is ready to start.

How much can you spend? Choosing your land Choosing your home
Signing the building contract Check the plans Your finance is pre-approved
Congratulations, your finance is formally approved Settlement Ready to start


We can review any of your current personal or home loans to ensure that you're getting the very best deal; work out your borrowing capacity for a new home, car or other purchase; or simply help you create a more effective plan to manage your finances. Like everything we do, this service is provided completely free of charge!



Step 1 - How much can you spend?


There is no point setting your heart on a particular design only to find out that you can't afford it. Equally, there's no point settling for a design that you're not really happy with just because you think you can't afford anything better. It is therefore vital to establish which type of finance you qualify for and work out the repayment amount that fits with your budget.

Simply call us and make a time to sit down for a chat with one of our professional and experienced Mortgage Brokers. We excel at making sure that owning your own home doesn't compromise your lifestyle. Once we get a feel for your situation we will be able to tell you exactly how much you can borrow, how much you require for a deposit and what your repayments will be.
 


Step 2 - Choosing your land


Now that you know how much you can borrow it's time to start the search for the location of your new home. It is important to take into consideration existing and future infrastructure that will potentially affect the value of your home over time. Facilities such as schools, shops and public transport are attractive to have nearby, so it's good to know what is coming up in the area you're looking to build in.

You may also want to look into capital growth rates, as well as a detailed suburb profile of existing residences in the area. This information is available from many land developers, local councils and industry websites. While you're doing all of this we will be busy getting your finance arranged and ready for pre-approval!
 


Step 3 - Choosing your home


There are a number of factors to consider before choosing the design of your dream home. It is a detailed process that requires a good knowledge and understanding of current regulations. Given that a home is the biggest investment most people make in their lives, decisions you make now may have an impact in the future. Your builder or designer should be able to help you through this process, and give you information on what options are available to you.

When choosing a house design, it is worth taking the time to consider the following:

 


Step 4 - Your finance is pre-approved


You've chosen your block of land and a home design. The builder will now get busy making sure that the home meets all of your requirements. The builder's estimating department reviews your house plans, and determines the house cost and any site work costs before finalising the contract price.

Once you have approved the plans and costs you will need to sign a Preparation of Plans Agreement (PPA) as well as pay a deposit. The builder will then request a survey of your block and begin the process of preparing your working drawings. Preparing these and the contract documents can take from four to eight weeks, or longer if titles are not available.
 


Step 5 - Check the plans


As soon as the builder has their process completed your working drawings will be sent to you along with your building contract. A copy will also be sent to your Local Authorities for building and water approval. Please be aware that any structural or positioning changes that you make later might have to be resubmitted to the Local Authority for reassessment, which could result in weeks of delay and additional costs.

As soon as your building contract is signed we will then forward all the relevant information to your chosen lender for valuation and formal approval.
 


Step 6 - Signing the building contract


Now that your contract is signed it's time to finalise your colour and material selections. This takes place at a 'pre-start' meeting in your builder's office and usually takes between three to five hours. You will have already decided on materials (such as bricks, roof tiles, internal and external paint colours, floor and wall tiles, and laminates) as these would have been included in your final plans. You also need to be careful at your pre-start meeting as any variations made will not necessarily be able to be included with your finance. Always check with your Mortgage Broker first.  


Step 7 - Congratulations, your finance is formally approved


Great news! Now that the valuation is complete your finance has been formally approved. We will notify the settlement agent and the real estate agent on your behalf. Within a few days you will receive comprehensive loan documentation from the lender. Please make sure you read this carefully before you sign and return it to the lender. This documentation can appear extremely complicated, so please remember, if there is anything you do not understand or are not completely satisfied with, we are always here to help.  


Step 8 - Settlement


Your settlement agent will prepare a settlement statement and land transfer. These are normally sent to you to sign and return. The statement will confirm all the costs you are required to pay to secure the property. These costs do not include the loan establishment fees. These are outlined in the letter of offer you receive from the lender.

Your settlement agent will organise the settlement and advise you when it has taken place. You then need to advise your builder that settlement has taken place, but we also do this on your behalf.
 


Ready to start


The contract, with any variations, has been signed and returned, colour selections have been made, the builder has proof of ownership of the land, and the availability of funds is confirmed. Your builder can now schedule the construction of your home (they should get back to you with a schedule within 5 to 10 working days).

Chill the champagne and stand by the phone for the call to let you know when the slab is about to be poured.