Narrow Down Your North Shore Property Search

By March 9, 2016Buying

Five easy ways to make sure you’re looking at the properties that tick all  your boxes. 

1. Map it

Don’t want to buy a house on a main road? Prefer to be close, but not too close, to a train station? The answer’s simple – take a look at a map. This will serve up instant information about the street – how long it is, whether it’s a rat-run between major thoroughfares – and surrounds.

Carefully look for landmarks that may impact your enjoyment of the property such as local parks, bike paths and even the proximity to the local pub!

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2. Ring ahead

Ever rocked up to an open for inspection only to be told the property is under contract or was sold the day before? To minimise the frustration, phone the listed agents before you hit the road. Ask whether the property is still for sale and the open for inspection is going ahead at the times advertised. (We are always happy to discuss any property prior to inspections).

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3. Study the market

Start by following sales campaigns from initial quotes to final sale prices to get a handle on how accurate the advertised price is.

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4. Comprise where you can

Know your non-negotiables and don’t give in. But there may be some property features you just need to look at in a different light.

“Look for the compromises that can be improved, kitchens and bathrooms can be renovated at a later date, carpet can be changed, lighting can be installed and painting can be done yourself.”

5. Know your budget

Every house-hunter needs to know and more importantly, stick to, their budget. There’s no point inspecting a property $200,000 above your budget. Best to take a reality check.

Chadwick Real Estate can help you narrow down the search for your perfect property. With 5 offices in the North Shore, we are the largest independent real estate agency in the area. Our real estate team is currently selling homes in Turramurra, Pymble, Wahroonga, St Ives, Lindfield, Killara, Roseville, Warrawee, Waitara, Gordon and surrounding locations. Get in touch today to get the inside story on your property search. 

By Kate Jones, journalist for REA.

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