Tips to help you find dream home

Broome Advertiser - - Property - Rachel Pre­ston-Bid­well is a writer for REIWA.

If you’re plan­ning to start house-hunt­ing, we have put to­gether five handy tips to help you find and se­cure your ideal home.

1. Con­sider your ‘must-haves’

Be­fore you start look­ing on­line or out on the road at home opens for a house to buy, be clear about what you want in a prop­erty.

In par­tic­u­lar, con­sider any deal-break­ers and what you can live with and without.

By hav­ing a check­list, your search will be much eas­ier as you can nar­row down a list of prop­er­ties to view, and you will be able to make to an of­fer much quicker if you find your ideal home.

2. Look at your fi­nances

The first step is to con­sider your fi­nances, par­tic­u­larly when work­ing out how much you can af­ford to pay for your dream home.

Put your­self ahead of the game by speak­ing to a fi­nan­cial ad­viser and, while not al­ways nec­es­sary, con­sider ob­tain­ing pre-ap­proval for a home loan.

Do­ing this will put you in good stead when ne­go­ti­at­ing an of­fer or com­pet­ing against other buy­ers for the same prop­erty.

3. Have a clear bud­get and max­i­mum price in mind

This tip goes hand-in-hand with the point above.

Buy­ing a home, par­tic­u­larly one you plan to live in, can be an emo­tional de­ci­sion and of­ten buy­ers make choices based on their “feel” for a prop­erty.

Be sure to work out the lo­gis­tics in this case, in­clud­ing:

A bud­get.

How much you can af­ford to re­pay on a home loan each month. Your max­i­mum of­fer price. This will help you when re­search­ing prop­er­ties, as you will have a clear price range in mind and can avoid the dis­ap­point­ment that comes with view­ing homes out­side that range.

4. Con­sider a buyer’s agent

Much like a seller’s agent for a seller, a buyer’s agent can rep­re­sent you and help you find your ideal home.

Whether you’re look­ing for an in­vest­ment prop­erty or a place to call home, a buyer’s agent can help by: Re­search­ing the mar­ket. At­tend­ing home opens and auc­tions.

As­sist­ing you with ad­vice on price, value, growth and lo­ca­tion.

A buyer’s agent can help you ne­go­ti­ate the of­fer, avoid costly mis­takes and bet­ter un­der­stand the buy­ing/sell­ing process.

5. Don’t rush in

Some­times it may feel like you are on a time crunch when search­ing for your per­fect home.

How­ever, pur­chas­ing a prop­erty is one of the big­gest in­vest­ments you might make, so be sure to: Take your time. Ex­plore what’s on the mar­ket. Talk to a lo­cal real es­tate ex­pert be­fore you take the plunge.

First-home­buyer cou­ple Zoe and Trent Au­das, both 31, and their 11-month old son James Au­das in front of their Bilin­gurr home.

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