Here are 10 Tips for Buying:

  1. Don’t believe the hype – Make sure you do your own research to find out if your target suburb is hot or not.
  2. Location & fieldwork – Make a list and be very clear about what matters to you.
  3. Consider surrounding suburbs – If you’re attracted to an area because of its rising value, remember that may spill over into next door suburbs.
  4. Look for the upside – Keep an eye on interest rate and market trends.
  5. Talk to the experts – Talk to us, your local agent to find out what’s happening in the market.
  6. Get in first – Register your interest so you are among the first to hear about properties for sale.
  7. Monitor close to home – If you’re looking to buy a property in an area where you’re already living, take a close look at other properties that go up for sale nearby. Look at how they’re marketed, how well inspections are attended and how long they spend on the market.
  8. Inspect smartly – Make your property inspections count. If you are serious about a property for sale, you will need to organise a professional building inspection to check for structural defects, pest infestations, damp, asbestos and issues with the plumbing or wiring. Take along a list of practical things to check – things like adequate power points, holes or cracks.
  9. Get good legal advice – The importance of getting solid legal advice when buying property cannot be overstated.
  10. Get an accurate valuation – Sales have been known to fall through due to an inaccurate property valuation.