Buying Tips

Choosing a Great NeighbourhoodMoving to a new town or city can be overwhelming, particularly if you’re trying to choose a neighbourhood to buy a home in. While it’s true that what a great neighbourhood looks like can differ person to person, all great neighbourhoods do share some common factors that are universally appealing. Here we explore 10 signs
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Packing to move into your new homeSo you’ve sold your house and bought a new one – now the work of moving really begins! Packing up and moving your family and all your worldly possessions can be a little daunting. So we’ve canvassed our Harcourts team and our Facebook audience to put together a few packing tips and tricks to help
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What to look for at an Open HomeThis handy guide will help you to get good intel from your first impression. So, you can be sure you get as much information for yourself before engaging professionals to inspect the building’s structure and health. The Structure When inspecting a property, chances are the current owners are going to present the interior of the
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What is a LIM Report & Why Do You Need One?We can’t overstate how important your due diligence is when buying a home. That means doing official research into the property you’re interested in, and top of the list is usually a LIM report. What is it, and why do you need one? A LIM or Land Information Memorandum is a report issued by the local
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Purchasing Off The PlansYou’ve seen your dream home – the only problem is it isn’t built yet. Is it ever a good idea to buy off the plans? The short answer is yes – there are some advantages to buying property before it’s been built, but there are some obvious cons too. The trick, as with any purchasing
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Avoiding Buyers RemorseHere are some tried-and-tested preventatives for what is known in the real estate industry as ‘home buyer’s remorse’ – it is worth running through these before you go house-hunting. A recent study in the UK revealed that about one new buyer in 10 regrets their choice to some degree, with the most common cause of
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Beginners Guide to Buying at AuctionIf you’ve been considering buying property at any time in the recent past, it’s almost certain you’ve been introduced to the idea of buying via auction. For the uninitiated the auction process can seem a little daunting, but there’s a reason they are so often recommended to both buyers and vendors – property auctions offer
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Pros & Cons of moving to a new subdivisionNew subdivision developments are springing up all the time, and attracting buyers from all walks of life. Here’s a look at the good and the bad of these new neighbourhoods. PRO: Amenities on your doorstep Unlike older suburbs that have gradually evolved over time and often outgrown the capacity of their local schools, shops and
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I want to buy but auction day is scary.Bidding for and buying a house at auction can feel intimidating if you have never done it before but a little bit of preparation and homework can make the process far less stressful and more empowering. Familiarise yourself with the process The simplest and one of the most helpful things you can do is go
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Matt GilmourBuying Tips