How old-fashioned home buying advice can give you the edge

Keen to get into the property market but finding it hard to keep up with all the conflicting and trend-based advice out there? Director and Auctioneer at the Agency Michael Keil – who recently spoke at one of our Connect Events – often finds that it’s the simple, good old-fashioned advice that can give first home buyers the edge.

Meet face to face with real estate agents

Text and email may be popular ways to get in touch, but Michael encourages you to build relationships with local real estate agents the old-fashioned way – calling them or meeting them face to face. Building relationships with agents could mean you get info before it hits the real estate websites, like those properties that don’t even go to market.

Research, research, research

Everyone’s heard of the golden rule of real estate - location, location, location. But Michael puts another rule before that – research, research, research. This includes going out and meeting agents to get a feel for property values and performance histories in the area, visiting real estate websites and talking to other home owners about their experiences.

Michael recommends looking into the government assistance that might be available in your state to help you get into your first home sooner – things like the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) or a Home Buyers Assistant Account (HBAA).

Think long term

According to Michael, don’t necessarily let what might be currently happening in the market put you off if you’re keen to buy a home – for example, if the market’s falling. Michael points out that there’ll always be bad buys in a good market, and good buys in a bad market.

It’s important to do your research, as well as remind yourself what appeals to you long-term about buying a home. Those potential benefits (not just the financial ones) could far outweigh anything in the short term. Think of the sense of ownership and security you’ll feel by not renting - not to mention having security in retirement. In Michael’s words, you can be the “master of your own destiny."

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Things you should know

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