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April 2024 | Money Matters

How to buy a house?

Your simple step-by-step guide.

Thinking about buying a block of land at Manor Lakes, but not sure where to start? Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way in no time.

Step 1. Secure your lot. The first step on your home buying journey. Once you’ve chosen your lot, visit the Sales Centre where you’ll need to complete an Expression of Interest form and pay an initial deposit via EFT, bank cheque or credit debit card. And if you have any questions, our sales team are there to assist.

Step 2. Signing your contract. Within days of receiving your initial deposit, the sales team will make a contract signing appointment with you, at which everyone whose names will be on the contract will need to attend. Don't forget to bring along some photo identification like your passport and driver’s licence! The balance of your deposit will also be payable at the contract signing appointment and you’ll be issued with a trust account receipt.

Step 3. Design Guidelines. Once you’ve signed your contract, it’s time to choose your home design and your builder. Your new home will need to comply with the relevant Design Guidelines for your residential estate and will also require approval from the Design Review Panel. So, we recommend discussing the Design Guidelines with your builder, and also contacting the Design Review Panel, as early as possible –ideally before signing your building contract, to make sure your home design complies from the outset, to avoid costly and/or time-consuming changes to your design down the track.

Of course, you’re sure to have lots more questions along the way.

So don't hesitate to visit our website, call or drop into the Sales Centre and speak to a member of our sales team who are on hand to streamline the process and make it as easy as possible. And, for a recap of the above information, just click on the Vimeo link below:


Five questions to ask before buying a heating and cooling system.

Whether you’re replacing your current heating and cooling system, or purchasing one for the first time, there are a few things to consider.

How big is your home? Consider the size, space and layout of your house to determine the type of system that will perform most effectively. Split system units will suit apartments, while a multi system is better for small houses. Or if you have a large home, a ducted air conditioning system may be the best option.

What is your lifestyle? Think about your lifestyle and how you use the space in your home. This will help determine what types of specific functions you might require. Consider buying a system that features a programmable timer which you can schedule to turn on before you wake up in the morning, and again before you get home in the evening.

Are you renovating? Whether you’re giving your home a fresh new coat of paint or embarking on a full-blown renovation, it’s a good idea to think about your heating and cooling needs from the outset of the project. Only trained and licensed refrigeration technicians can remove or relocate an existing air conditioner, so book in the right experts for the job. If you’re wanting to utilise more smart technology throughout the home, it’s also a good time to consider Wi-Fi options available.

What’s your budget? Installing air conditioning and heating in your home is an investment. So, a bit of research goes a long way to ensure you’re able to meet your needs. After you’ve found a system that works within your budget, consider the costs involved with installation. Shop around and compare quotes to ensure you’re getting the best deal. 

Location of outdoor units? Make sure the location of the outdoor part of the unit is somewhere it will not receive too much direct sunlight. A north or a south-facing wall is best but it’s a good idea to observe how the sun strikes your house during summer️ to ascertain the best spot.