Tips to find­ing the right prop­erty

Lesotho Times - - Property -

BUY­ING a prop­erty with a spouse or part­ner can be an ex­cit­ing time, how­ever, choos­ing a home that meets both par­ties’ needs is not al­ways easy.

“One per­son’s vi­sion of the ideal home may not be the same as the oth­ers’. Ev­ery­one has their own unique idea of their dream home, which of­ten makes find­ing the per­fect home for both in­di­vid­u­als a dif­fi­cult task,” says Adrian Goslett, Re­gional Di­rec­tor and CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa.

He says while dif­fi­cult, it is not im­pos­si­ble, pro­vided that both par­ties are will­ing to work through it to­gether to find a home that makes ev­ery­one happy.

Goslett pro­vides 9 tips that can make the process a lit­tle bit eas­ier: 1. Write a list

Putting pen to pa­per is an ideal way to or­gan­ise one’s thoughts and have a clear vi­sion of what each per­son wants.

Goslett says both part­ners need to sit down and make a list of the top ten fea­tures they would like in their next home. They might be sur­prised to learn that their wants are not as dif­fer­ent as they seem at first. 2. De­ter­min­ing wants from needs

Once each per­son has made their list, they should cat­e­gorise each of the items into wants and needs.

Goslett says that a want is some­thing that the buyer would like, but could live with­out if nec­es­sary, while a need is some­thing that they can­not live with­out. An ex­am­ple of a want is a view from the home, while a need could be of­fice space or an ex­tra bed­room for a grow­ing fam­ily. 3. Put the items in or­der of pri­or­ity

Ar­range the fea­tures on the lists in or­der from the most im­por­tant to the least im­por­tant. 4. Dis­cuss the lists

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a key el­e­ment for a suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship be­tween two peo­ple, says Goslett.

This means that sit­ting down and dis­cussing the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind each of the items on the lists, which will give the other per­son some insight into why those as­pects are im­por­tant. 5. Be open to mak­ing com­pro­mises

Al­though both par­ties may not agree on cer­tain items, it does not mean that homes with th­ese fea­tures should be com­pletely dis­carded from the search.

Goslett says buy­ers may be more in­clined to change their mind about a fea­ture once they have seen it in per­son and have heard the other per­son’s mo­ti­va­tion be­hind why that el­e­ment is im­por­tant to them. Keep an open mind and be pre­pared to make some com­pro­mises. 6. Real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als can be a sound­ing board

A real es­tate agent can pro­vide an ob­jec­tive point of view that can help both par­ties find neu­tral ground.

Goslett points says an ex­pe­ri­enced real es­tate pro­fes­sional will be able to give un­bi­ased ad­vice re­gard­ing which fea­tures will be able to fit into their bud­get and which won’t work. 7. Run the num­bers

Cal­cu­late the cost of adding the fea­tures to the home at a later stage. Just be­cause the home does not cur­rently have all the fea­tures, it does not mean that it can­not be changed.

Part of the com­pro­mise might be wait­ing a while be­fore the home is up­graded, but not nec­es­sar­ily com­pletely let­ting go of those wants. 8. Take a break

Search­ing for a home can be an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, so if dis­cus­sions be­come too heated, take a time out from the search and fo­cus on some­thing else for a while.

Some­times step­ping away from a sit­u­a­tion can give a new per­spec­tive and re­newed en­ergy to deal with it. 9. Keep an eye on the big pic­ture

Buy­ing a home to­gether is about em­bark­ing on a new ad­ven­ture. It should be more about mov­ing for­ward to­gether than pulling in op­po­site di­rec­tions. Com­pro­mis­ing is worth­while if it means that the re­la­tion­ship is strength­ened.

“Buy­ing a prop­erty with some­one may mean let­ting go of the dream home vi­sion to find the right home that fits both part­ners,” says Goslett.

— Prop­erty24

ev­ery­one has their own unique idea of their dream home.

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