I often have home buyers (particularly those looking for their first property) ask me what the best way to conduct their search would be. As someone who’s been involved with real estate for almost longer than I can remember, I’ve seen many different methods and thought we should compare some options so that you can figure out which one (or which combination) could be right for you – ready to start this weekend.
The Online Addict
This is now one of the most common strategies, and it’s popular for a very good reason. Using sites like realestate.com.au and Domain is, to put it simply, very easy. It allows you to see every property that agencies have listed online (which these days are generally all of them). You can ask the website to compare the
One major downside of online searching is that your idea of what a particular search term might mean could be completely different to. You’re at risk of performing a broad but superficial search. Not all agencies provide enough photos for you to get a reasonable idea. Ask yourself why there might not be photos of the inside of a particular property.
The Agents Best Friend
This is a more traditional house-hunting style, and lots of people have had luck finding a great home by making and maintaining relationships with the agents in their area. The reality is that realtors have the inside run on hot properties in your area, and if you’ve given your agent a clear idea of what you’re after then they may think of you when the perfect home comes along. Fans of UK property show Location, Location, Location will know that often the best houses that the hosts find aren’t even on the market yet!
Probably the best all-round strategy is to keep the pulse of what’s happening online without being a slave to your browser. Search a few times a week, contact agents and use the website to make a list of homes for inspection. Then, use your networking skills to ring agents and stay abreast of what’s happening in your dream street.
For more information (and to make friends with us) contact the office, and we’ll do all we can. Happy hunting, and see you out there.