Tue 01 Mar 2016
A successful property search requires 3 keys points; budget, requirements and location. It’s pointless in viewing properties until you’ve established these important key points, otherwise it can be a waste of time for both you, the vendors and the agents.
Steps to success…
1.BUDGET – Speak to an independent mortgage advisor who, after taking into consideration your salary, outgoings and any debt, will be able to let you know what budget you have. We work closely with APT who would be more than happy to guide you through the mortgage process.
2.REQUIREMENTS – Make a list of what you would LIKE; number of bedrooms, garden, schooling, commute times and number these 1-10. Bare in mind that you are likely to have to compromise on the items towards the bottom of the list (unless you are very lucky!)
3.RESEARCH LOCAL SOLD PRICES – Especially if you’re not local and unsure what properties would usually sell for in that area. You can use online tools such as Zoopla and Rightmove to help you source the information you require.
4.REGISTER WITH YOUR LOCAL AGENTS – Although online portals are great, they don’t beat getting up-to-date knowledge from your local agents. At John German we more often than not will ‘hot call’ properties out to our potential buyers before they hit the Internet, giving you a ‘head-start’. Also, we may be able to advise you about ‘coming soon’ properties so you can get your name down for a viewing before the details are even drawn up. Be smart and get ahead of the game.
5.NARROW YOUR SEARCH CRITERIA – The more properties you view the more you will realise what you really want. Keep updating your requirements and narrow your search in order to be more precise about what you’re after.
And finally…good luck and happy house hunting!!
"To Lizzie, Thank you so much for encouraging me to view a house I wasn't entirely convinced on. It was exactly what I was looking for and I am delighted that it is now mine! "