Buying Tips

Tips for Home Buyers

Pride of ownership is the number one reason why people want to own their own home. It means you can paint the walls any colour you desire, turn up the volume on your CD player, attach permanent fixtures and decorate your home according to your own taste. Home ownership gives you and your family a sense of stability and security. It’s making an investment in your future. 

Establishing Your Budget 

Knowing just how much you have to shop with is critical when beginning the search for your dream home or investment. Our finance partner can get your finances pre-approved, ensuring you are getting the best deal before you even begin your search. For a fast and easy indication of your finances, use our mortgage calculator under the finance tab of our website, or email one of our salespeople direct, to get you in touch with the right mortgage broker for you. 

Defining Your Search 

Today, a large proportion of home searches begin on the Internet. With just a few clicks, home buyers can search through hundreds of online listings, view virtual tours and look at hundreds of photographs. You’ve probably defined your goals and have a pretty good idea of the type of home and neighborhood you want. Remember to keep in mind affordability and accommodation requirements when creating your shortlist of areas. By the time you reach your real estate agent’s office you are already halfway to home ownership. 

This is where your agent comes in. Good real estate agents will listen to your wants and needs and arrange to show only those homes that fit your particular brief. At Timms Real Estate  we have a team of sales consultants dedicated to helping you find your dream home. 

A Little Bit Of Homework 

It is important that you have done some prior research on what is selling in your key areas so you know what is good value for money. The Timms Real Estate website has a list of all the homes we have sold recently for you to view. Alternatively, your chosen sales consultant can provide you with an extensive list of recent sales along with other useful market information. Just ask. 

How To Rate The Choices 

• Bring a digital camera and begin each series of photos with a close-up of the house number to identify where each group of home photos start and end
• Take notes of unusual features, colours and design elements
• Pay attention to the homes surrounding. What is next door and nearby?
• Do you like the location? Is it near parks and schools? Is public transport and shopping within easy reach?
• Immediately after leaving, rate each home on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest

View Top Choices A Second Time 

After touring homes for a few days you will probably instinctively know which one or two homes you are interested in. Ask to see them again. You will see them with different eyes and notice things that were overlooked the first time around. 

Making The Selection 

We’ll let you in on a little secret - we often know which home a buyer is going to choose. It’s an intuition. But we make it a practice not to steer buyers and we insist that buyers choose the home without interference from us. We want you to be completely happy with your choice. 

Finding A Knowledgeable Agent 

Your experience in house hunting will be made much more enjoyable if you talk to an agent who really knows the market. If you’re shopping around for a home to buy, give us a ring. You can be sure that we practice what we preach when it comes to supporting you in your quest. If you already own a property and you would like to know what it may be worth in today’s marketplace, again, call us for a realistic market appraisal on (08) 8471 6100, email us at admin@timmsrealestate.com.au  or fill in our market appraisal form on this website.