When you are buying a home there is a lot to think about, but it doesn't need to be stressful!
These tips can help you steer in the right direction if you are considering a move in the near future.
1. TALK TO YOUR LOCAL AGENT TO FIND OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE MARKET
Find a local agent you trust, and work closely with your agent to develop an action plan and strategy that meets your goals and needs.
2. FIRST IN, BEST DRESSED
When looking for real estate, register for www.visionpropertysales.com.au property alerts so you are among the first to hear about properties for sale.
3. MONITOR HOMES CLOSE TO YOU
If you are looking to buy a property in an area where you are already living, take a close look at other properties that go up for sale nearby. Look at how they are marketed, how well inspections are attended and how long they spend on the market. This will give you an indication of how the market is doing in your neighbourhood and can guide you on the price you should be paying for a property close by.
4. LOOK FOR AN OPPORTUNITY
Cooler periods in the housing market can be windows of opportunity, so it's worth keeping an eye on interest rate and market trends. Some locations are hitting the bottom of a pricing cycle, so there are bargains to be had.
5. CONSIDER SURROUNDING SUBURBS
If your target suburb is out of budget, consider more affordable neighbouring suburbs. Before you buy, talk to locals to get residents views on the suburb and its best streets. Reading local publications and connecting with local websites, bloggers or personalities can also give you helpful insight. If you are attracted to an area because of its rising value, remember that may spill over into next door suburbs.