If you forget the hassle of moving boxes; moving into a new home can be quite exciting; new neighbours, new home… a fresh start. Every new neighbourhood has something unique to offer and as a newcomer, you need to explore every single expectation of your new community. Before choosing where to buy a new home, here are some essential questions to ask when evaluating if it’s a good fit for you and your family:
Imagine moving into an estate that seems serene and quiet only to find there’s a club being built two blocks away from your house. It’s worth finding out the master plan of the estate you’re moving in. Ask to see the master design if possible, to help you choose a suitable location for your house or apartment. Also, checking out whether there are any planned developments fills you with a positive expectancy for the future especially if the estate is still being constructed. Find out if there’s provision for:
Central powered generators
Treated running water
Playground for kids or a clubhouse and recreation centres etc.
Are you going to be waking up to the sound of your neighbour’s generator or is to the beeping sound of cars driving along the road a few inches from your window? Noise pollution is something worth considering if you want to have a peaceful new home. Unless noise pollution wouldn’t bother you or your family, find out how sane the estate is during the day and at night time. Find out their policies against loud parties that extend late into the night.
Living in a beautiful new home is wonderful except, no one would like to live in the middle of nowhere. Consider the accessibility to road network systems around the neighbourhood. Suppose there’s an emergency, are there any hospitals or clinics around? What about access to public transport or perhaps ATM machines? You also need to consider the traffic situation coming from and entering into your neighbourhood. Moving around Lagos can be tedious. You want to ensure that you’re not stuck in traffic just by driving out of your estate. These are things to be mindful of.
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One of the biggest factors to consider when moving into a new estate is to take into considerations the schools in the locality especially if you have children or intend on having children. When looking out for good schools around in the area, check out the record. Picking a school for your kids has an impact on how they behave and assimilate knowledge. Your children’s education is a priority.
Ideally, most estates have recreational parks or clubhouses where people can hang out, and kids can have fun. Green areas and clubhouses are ideal for hosting events like mini-parties or a place where kids can have fun and play. Find out if there’s a plan for such a recreational park and if there is, visit and check if it’s functional. You do not want to pay for services and then, be unable to use them because they’re poorly maintained or inaccessible.
It’s 7 am and you discover you’ve run out of bread or water; can you quickly find a shop to buy around? Living close to a grocery store is very important. It’s easy to underestimate its importance, but it makes life easy. Living near a shop is great for emergency supplies, imagine you get an impromptu visit from family or friends and you desperately need some drinks, all you would need is go down a few blocks to buy the items you need.
This is one of the most important factors to consider before moving into an estate. Find out what the security is like; do they allow random people to move in and out of the estate? do they have a patrol team on standby? is there a police station around?
Ask around to find out if they’ve been any major or minor incidence in the past. If they’ve been an incident, investigate further to ascertain if it was a one-off or a regular occurrence. You can never be too careful when it comes to ensuring safety for you and your family especially in Nigeria.
VULNERABILITY TO FLOODING:
If you live in Lagos or other coastal regions in Nigeria, there’s a high probability of experiencing flooding during the wet season. Although your agent might show you a perfect house during the dry season, do your investigations to find out if there’s flooding during the wet season. You don’t want to use a canoe to leave your house after it rains and live in fear of water damaging your belongings. Another alternative would be to explore insurance costs to ensure that you can afford adequate coverage suppose there’s an unexpected disaster.
Above all else, a home should be comfortable. As your life progress, your needs transform. These needs affect everything you do including the type of house you need and where to live. Some of the questions to keep in mind in determining if a neighbourhood fits your lifestyle are; are your neighbours mostly young professionals? Do they have families with children?
Determine what you need; are you looking at a community with older residents or a bubbling young community? This should give you better perceptive in ensuring you don’t feel out of place in your new community.
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Femi and Ada have been married for eight years. When they first got married, they both agreed to buy their first home in two years. Like most young couples, they spent a good part of their savings on their first baby who arrived sooner than they had planned.
Femi figured it wouldn’t be a bad idea to hold a little longer on the housing project, coupled with the fact that he was now saddled with more bills. Ada had to take a break from work for a year to take care of their baby. Their savings dwindled and by the time Ada was ready to work again, the focus was now on paying school fees for their young son.
Five years passed and Ada got pregnant again with their second baby. Femi took up a side hustle to stay afloat with all their growing expenses. Ada once again had to take a break from work. The cycle continued. They managed to keep up with everything else except their dream of buying their own home.
The idea, however, crossed Ada’s mind from time to time. She wanted a bigger kitchen, an extra room for guests and a play area for her kids. Spending time alone at home with her second baby gave her ample time to think and plan. She looked at the possibility of them buying a home upfront but, before the thought settled, she quickly ruled that out as there was no visible way to make that happen in the nearest future.
Ada wanted a house in Sangotedo; it wasn’t too far from V.I, Ikoyi and the rest of Lekki. Cost of houses in the area where relatively fair and the location was serene for raising kids.
Ada shared her concerns with Femi, sharing her findings of Sangotedo. Femi wasn’t thrilled at first but was ready to actively work towards the goal of homeownership. It meant doubling up at work and saving a lot more. Ada too opted to take on baking and making small chops in her spare time. They both agreed to drastically cut back on expenses, completely taking off the following:
Takeouts and eating at restaurants.
Friday night hangouts and drinks with the boys.
Sold off belongings they weren’t using like their old couch that sat in a storage room.
Minimized her movements to the precise places to maximize fuel consumption.
Cut down on power and gas usage; switching off lights that weren’t used and monitoring gas consumption.
With Ada’s new food business and Femi putting in more work, it wasn’t long before Femi earned a good commission for closing a client he’d been working on. Meanwhile, Ada used most of her daily income to run their home. After six months, they made a 30% down payment on their newly finished four-bedroom house at Sangotedo.
Saving for a home
They opted for a mortgage loan to cover the rest of the payment for a period of five years. Of course, they could have continued saving and directing most of their income towards their housing project but they had other expenditure to worry about like school fees, health care and savings to re-invest in their respective businesses.
Their mortgage program was approved for a period of five years. They set their monthly payment at 20% of their total monthly income. Femi plans to complete the payment even before then. He’s truly grateful for the experience of putting more effort at work and saving more.
He said that the process of buying their first house has instilled a good dose of discipline in him and he wouldn’t stop putting much effort in achieving his goals.When we asked Ada what was the one thing that had driven them to achieve their goal, she said, it was taking the decision to make it happen.
In her words, “when you decide it’s time to own your home, and stay committed to that decision, everything else begins to fall into place. You come up with new ideas, you find better ways to spend money and in short, you become a better person for it.”
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Buying a home for your family is one of the benchmarks for success in our society. What makes buying a home harder is usually the lump sum required and the lack of knowledge of how the mortgage system works in Nigeria. Cost is the single biggest factor for the low house purchases among middle-income earners, as they would need to save for long periods to have enough money for an upfront payment. This’s where mortgages act as a better subsidy.
A mortgage lender loans a good part of the cost required to pay for a house, which you will have to pay back with interest over an agreed period of time. On the flip side, if for unforeseen circumstance reasons you’re unable to pay the mortgage bank when due, your home can be taken through a process called foreclosure.
The mortgage system is typically favourable for homeownerswho don’t have sufficient cash on hand to pay for a house upfront. However, taking up a mortgage typically takes you a step closer to home ownership compared to perhaps, renting.
There are different types of mortgage loans and depending on what plan best suits your budget and the amount of payment period, you should carefully assess which is best before opting for one. Mortgage loans are characterised by their time span, usually from 5 to 20 years in Nigeria.
Before opting for a mortgage loan, ensure you understand the following factors:
Consider your budget and monthly income. It’s preferable to have a relatively stable source of income. This is to prevent overstretching yourself to keep up repayments.
Keep in mind other than the cost of the owning a home, you’d need to cater to additional expenses like household bills, utility bills, insurance and maintenance.
Mortgage lenders will usually request to see proof of your bank statement to assess your income flow and expenses, and if you have any debts. This assessment is simply to prove you can keep up with repayments plus interest rates.
The mortgage lender can decide to refuse to offer you a mortgage if they think you can’t afford to keep up with repayments.
How Does The Process Work?
When compared to regular loans, mortgages typically have lower interest rates. Typical mortgage interest rates in Nigeria range between 7-25%. The lender requires the potential buyer to have a certain percentage of the total amount needed for the purchase available, called equity. This percentage should range between 30-70% of the total cost of the home. Ideally, your mortgage payments shouldn’t require above 25-30% of your monthly income to enable stay afloat with other bills and engagements.
As mentioned above, the length of time required to pay back the loan is important. In most cases, the maximum period of time given is 20 years.
The documents needed to get your mortgage loan to approve vary from institution to institution. They include the following:
A comprehensive statement of account (12 months or more)
Employment and confirmation letter (if employed)
Certificate of Incorporation of business (if in business)
Nationally accepted means of identification
Application form (provided by mortgage institution)
Original title deed of property (To confirm that property is not in contest)
In Nigeria, taking mortgage loans is increasingly becoming popular and it’s one of the surest ways to owning your own home. However, before considering a mortgage, keep in mind the following questions:
Is this the right time for me to buy a house?
What kind of property do I need? And where?
Do I need to take out a mortgage?
Can I truly afford to buy a house on a mortgage?
How much do I want to borrow and for how long?
What are the pros and cons of taking out a mortgage compared to renting?
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