CHOOSING A PROPERTY
Knowing what you want in a property before you start can save you a lot of time. If you set yourself a clear criteria, you will find searching for a property much easier as you will be able to eliminate properties immediately that do not suit your needs. Some important questions to ask yourself when setting your criteria include:
RESOURCES TO HELP FIND A PROPERTY
There are a number of ways to search for potential properties.
Also consider talking to builders who are putting up houses in the areas you have shortlisted, as they may know of new properties for sale or the value of properties in the area. Consider attending real estate industry seminars and auctions or popping into an ‘Open Inspection’.
Some people use a buyer’s advocate or buyer’s agent, which is a professionally qualified property consultant who acts solely for the buyer by sourcing suitable properties and representing the buyer throughout the buying process.
PREPARING TO BUY
Prospective purchasers need to do some homework. Once you have found a property of a number of properties that fit your property you need to view them and make a decision based on all your criteria about which one best suits your needs. Some things to remember when preparing to buy are:
You will also need to take into account a number of other costs associated with buying a property for which the buyer is liable. These may include the following:
MAKING AN OFFER
Missing out on a property that you have your heart set on can be a very disappointing experience. Quite often this happens because the offer process is misunderstood. When making an offer to purchase a property, it is important to be aware of the following:
Once you have decided to purchase a home it means you have agreed to pay the advertised price for the property or you have negotiated a price with the vendor. Your agent will guide you through this process. Before the home is legally yours there are a few steps that take place:
SOME HANDY TIPS BEFORE MOVING INTO YOUR NEW PROPERTY