In early January I went with a good mate Mike (bigred) to Pakenham to look at display homes. I went just for a look with no intention a month later I would be paying deposits and applying for a loan for my first house.
After visiting the display homes in Pakenham and Lyndurst I made the decision to sign my life away and purchase a house and land package. My girlfriend Georgie is comming along for the ride (somebody has to pick the colours lol) but the house will be solely in my name and funded for myself.
We originally were looking at land in Lyndurst, as it was closer to the city. But we came across some information about a toxic waste dump being close by. This did not sit well with me so I started looking at land in Pakenham.
The added bonus was land was cheaper so I could afford a larger house.
After multiple emails and visiting estates I found a great block in the Henty Park Estate at a fantastic price. Even better Porter Davis were able to fix the site costs on this land. But there is a catch (I am unsure if this will be good or bad). Mike will be literally be around the corner from us lol.
The land will not be titled until July - August so they wont start building at least until August September. But I'm not too fussed how long it will take to build, as long as they do it properly :).
Yesterday. Sunday 15th February at 1pm I paid $500 to the estate agent and signed the land contract subject to finance.
This was when it felt real. As i was driving home I thought to myself "Sh1t, I own land".
The sales manager George was most helpful and explained everything in detail. He also held the land for a couple of days until I could make it in on Sunday.
I purchased lot 888 which has a 16m Frontage and is 528m2.
We have made the decision after looking at countless display homes multiple times that the Porter Davis - Stanford is the best house to suit us. Georgie and Myself looked at a couple of other designs such as the Regent and Flagstaff IV too. I have read mixed reviews about Porter Davis, but I imagine all volume builders have the same type of issues. Our sales consultants at Lyndhurst have been the most helpfully and the Stanford is the best house to suit us.
We have visited the display home multiple times and visited the PD interiors showroom. We are only making a couple of modifications to the plan. E.G. Alfresco and Kitchen Cupboards. I am also tossing up if I should raise the ceilings. It depends on the extra cost as i imagine it wont be cheap 2k+.
I will be putting my $1000 down with Porter Davis in the next couple of days.
So what happens from here. I should hear back from my broker regarding the Loan Approval Status in the next 3 or 4 days (This is the stressful bit so far). The Conveyancer is now organised and all contracts are being forwarded to them for review. I also have to visit Porter Davis and get things rolling. I will update my blog as soon as I find out any progress.