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Buying a Home

Posted by VOC on January 1, 2017
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Buying a home is probably the biggest financial purchase most of us will make in our lives, and it can be incredibly exciting and rewarding. Whether it’s your first home, an upgrade, a downsize, or an investment… it is still part of the human dream to own your own home.

There are several steps that you need to go through to purchase a property. How can an VOC International certified expat broker guide you through this process?
Our objective is to satisfy all your requests (rent, purchase, sale) and this, whatever your profile. Whether you are a resident, a private investor or an institutional actor, we support you as close as possible to your interests and develop a tailor-made strategy.

After having discussed your specific residential needs and options at length with no obligation for you, your estate agent will explain what he/she can do for you. The agent will then indicate how much his/her services cost. If you commission the agent to work for you, the terms of the commission will be laid down in writing.

Your information will then be entered into an exchange system, which will ensure that you’re sent a regular email containing homes which meet your profile. If you’re interested in a property, the agent will schedule a viewing appointment. Your agent will advise you on both the actual value of the home you wish to buy and the further process for purchasing it. She/he will also examine any aspects which might be relevant to you as the buyer, such as the surrounding area, zoning plan and the state of repair of the home. If an apartment is involved, the estate agent will likewise look at the situation with the owners’ association. In addition, the agent will find out whether the property on which the home is located on freehold or leasehold land, and what this means for you. The agent will request and analyse the relevant documents. He/she will advise you on constructional matters and the costs associated with purchasing a home. In consultation with you, the agent will also conduct the negotiations with the seller. After agreement has been reached, the agent will guide you through the signing of the purchase contract and will also be present during the final inspection and the key transfer. Your agent will be available to answer any questions you have in the meantime.