October 4, 2016

The long and winding road to find your dream property!

The search is on! You have thought about the property type you want to find and more importantly what your actual needs are and the money you have to spend on your dream property.

So where do you start? Before you start, understand from the very beginning that it will take time to find the right property, and that compromise will always be a part of that search. Perhaps the only way to really get what you want is to build that dream home. But then, even that will involve compromise.

Will you find your preferred location? Will the land/home be in your price range? And so the criteria for the search broadens – sometimes without you even knowing it.

The first and most important point when looking to find your dream property, is that you will need to remain flexible and open to compromise. We hope that you find the dream home that has everything on your wish list, but we know that with our grey hair comes the knowledge that there will always be a compromise.

Where do you start your search? If you have a preferred agent, then the agent’s website is a good starting point. If you are more inclined to be looking for a particular location, then realestate.com.au or domain.com.au are probably more for you.

The more frequented websites will allow you to narrow your search down to your exact needs: the number of bedrooms, the number of bathrooms, whether the property should be in a rural location, a farm and so on.

If you are looking to be near good schools or transport links, then don’t forget to factor these requirements into your search criteria.

When you have viewed the residence, be calm, be considered and above all don’t be rushed. Buying a house is probably going to be one of biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. If you are told “if you don’t sign up for this house today then I have other buyers wanting to buy the property” or “this property won’t last, it will be gone in a couple of days” then draw back. Don’t be rushed. Not only is this best for you but also for the agent. You don’t want to be changing your mind a couple of days after you sign up for the contract. Not only will you have wasted your time and that of the agent, but you could be up for a penalty if you pull out of the contract in the ‘cooling off’ period.

If you want to read more about property from a buyer’s perspective, then download our free ebook – The Property Market and You – a Buyer’s Perspective. If downloading the ebook is not for you then give Don Gayler a call on 4124 7100.