GUIDE FOR FIRST TIMERS

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A Gold Coast sales agent has launched a new app de­signed to help first home­buy­ers through the process.

The MyHomeBuy app was cre­ated by Eileen Mer­ri­man, who drew on her own ex­pe­ri­ences deal­ing with con­fused, anx­ious and re­luc­tant first home­buy­ers to come up with the “guide­book”.

The app breaks the home buy­ing process into seven key mile­stones, com­plete with tips and tasks for users to com­plete along with check­lists, which are tai­lored de­pend­ing on whether the pur­chaser is buy­ing a home, land or build­ing a house.

“There are so many tools avail­able to help home­buy­ers lo­cate or fi­nance a prop­erty, but I was not able to find a on­estop re­source to as­sist my clients with track­ing their home buy­ing jour­ney,” Ms Mer­ri­man said.

“Buy­ers have to work with agents, solic­i­tors, builders and banks which each have their own list of pri­or­i­ties, and if dead­lines are not met this can re­sult in fi­nan­cial penal­ties and added stress dur­ing what should be an ex­cit­ing and en­joy­able time.

“I wanted to cre­ate a task-ori­ented app that would em­power first time buy­ers by pro­vid­ing them with a frame­work that they could eas­ily nav­i­gate and per­son­alise, by adding con­tacts, doc­u­ments, notes, images and dates per­tain­ing to their pur­chase.

“The aim is to bring to­gether all of the pieces of the home buy­ing puz­zle so first time pur­chasers can feel con­fi­dent and in con­trol of the process.”

Ms Mer­ri­man says she be­lieves that buyer ed­u­ca­tion is one of the key road­blocks in the cur­rent mar­ket.

She said the app was not af­fil­i­ated with any in­sti­tu­tion or agency, and had no ads.

“It of­fers com­pletely in­de­pen­dent guide­lines based on years of ex­pe­ri­ence and real in­ter­ac­tions with first time buy­ers,” she said.

The app is now avail­able on An­droid and IOS (Google and Ap­ple stores) for $5.99.

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