“Don’t fall in love with a property you can’t have” - Speak to several financial institutions and obtain finance approval before you start looking at properties. This will allow you to be clear on how much you can spend, your deposit situation, the terms of a loan offer and what expenses you will be liable for. Identify your preferred areas – this will depend on your work, family and access to services you desire. You may of course deviate from your initial thoughts, once you start looking but it is ideal to have some direction at the beginning. Do your homework – Research sales in your preferred area to gain first hand knowledge on the market values. Attend any ‘open for inspections’ and view any auctions. This will allow you to be more aware and informed when you do find ‘your home’. Start a real estate relationship – Many new properties are sold before they even reach the advertising mediums. To ensure we contact you as soon as a suitable property becomes available, please contact us so we can add your wants and needs to our database. We are more than happy to keep a look out for you! Keep communication lines open - Speak with agents you feel comfortable with. We at CR Martin Real Estate will at all times take your needs and wants into consideration. Tell us all you can about what you are looking for and all your points of contact so we can reach you easily. Communication between us all is vital at all times. Inspecting property - Ensure you allow plenty of time to inspect a property. Sometimes you ‘know’ immediately you walk into the home that it ‘feels’ right. Remember this will be the place you call home for many years to come so you should allow between 15 to 30 minutes, as a guide. Benefits of planning – Compare, review and evaluate what you are inspecting with past properties you know of, or have seen through. This will give you confidence in your level of offering on the right home. Your agent will be a help to you with this information too. You’ve found the right home…………..what’s next? – To secure your chosen property, you will need to make an offer. Your homework will help you to know the likely selling price. We, as agents can also update you on the level of interest in the property from other buyers.