The buying process

Building or buying a home can be an intimidating process, particularly if you're a first home buyer. However, like any seemingly daunting task, buying a home becomes manageable if you break it into smaller steps.

Steps of the Home Buying Process

Here's overview of the main steps of the process of buying and building in a Lend Lease community, whether you're buying land, a home and land package, a spec home or established home.

For more details about how buying a home works, speak to our Sales and Information Centre team.

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    1. Seek financial advice

    Before making the final decision to buy, speak with a financial advisor to understand your options. Our Sales and Information Centre can recommend an independent finance consultant.
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    2. Secure your block, home and land package or home

    Although this process differs slightly depending on what you’re buying, generally you will be asked to sign a contract and provide a deposit when your finance is approved. Before you sign, you should have a solicitor look over the contract.

    Keep in mind that there are fees involved in buying a house, including government stamp duty, property searches, legal fees, mortgage insurance and finance loan fees. One of our Sales Consultants can help you understand which extra costs you need to pay.
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    3. Contract unconditional and Transfer of Land

    Once finance is approved and the conditions of your contract are met, your contract becomes ‘unconditional’. This means you’re able to proceed with the contract. Your solicitor now needs to inform our solicitor of this on your behalf.
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    4. Design support

    Lend Lease offers a complimentary design support service independent from your builder, to help you develop ideas for your new home. It’s best to contact us early in the design process to maximise the free design assistance we can provide.
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    5. Building and siting requirements

    To pursue the best outcome, all homes must comply with a set of Design and Siting Requirements, or ‘covenants’. Spec homes and home and land packages can be pre-approved, but generally the builder will need to submit your plans to our Design Support Team for approval.
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    6. Keeping you in the loop

    The time between when you sign your contract and settlement can vary. We’ll send you regular project updates to let you know how things are progressing. During this time, we’ll also send you updates about our community and events to help you get excited about your new home.
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    7. Settlement

    Things are really happening now! Make sure you put your settlement date in your diary.  

    On the settlement day, you need to pay the remaining balance of your purchase. To avoid any disappointing delays, make sure that funds are available from your financial institution before your settlement date.

    Once all the relevant mortgage documents are signed, the land title will be transferred into your name.
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    8. Construction

    Now that your block of land is registered and your plans hare approved by our Design Support Team, your builder will then submit the plans for building works and plumbing approval. Once approved, the builder can start construction.

    Most builders require progress payments, usually at five stages: slab down, frame up, roof on, lock-up and practical completion. Your financial institution can arrange these payments for you.

    Safety is very important during the construction process. Your builder must comply with workplace health and safety regulations, and they’ll let you know when it is safe to go on-site. It’s important that you don’t take a sneak peak during construction without your builder present!

    Your builder should keep in regular contact with you during the build, but you can always contact us if you have questions.
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    9. Welcome!

    Your home is now ready, and it’s time to move in. At Lend Lease, we know that moving into your new home is exciting, and we want to make your welcome memorable. Learn more about how we’ll welcome you into our community.
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