Off-market properties are interesting homes to buy. You might recall on my earlier blog I chatted about how to find & buy an off-market house because the reality is they’re becoming more and more popular, especially here in Sydney. And now, I want to help you figure out if it’s worth buying one.
Many of the off-market properties we buy here at Good Deeds are tenanted investment properties. When an owner decides to sell, the agent usually advises them that they need to present the property in its best light – which means getting the tenant to move out! Most of the time a tenant requires 90 days notice to vacate and this could be longer if they are in a lease. By the time you add in the time it takes to paint, re-carpet and furnish the place, you’d be lucky if you have sold before 4 months passes. The alternative is to put the property on for sale “quietly” in the meantime.
The other off-market properties we tend to see are from owner-occupier sellers that have told their agent; “if you can get me a crazy price then knock yourself out”. The seller hasn’t had to go through the ordeal of styling their property, making repairs, painting, gardening and all the final touches needed when they embark on a full marketing campaign. Sure, some crazy prices have been achieved but also some simply don’t sell.The way a property goes on sale shouldn't change your decision; it has to be the right one. Click To Tweet
Here at Good Deeds we still run through every check and every price comparison to make sure an off-market is right for the buyer. It’s essential not to get caught up in the hype and miss doing your checks.
Sure from a buyer’s perspective, a home appears more “honest” because it’s not tarted up for sale (sometimes referred to as lipstick on a pig). On the downside, you will probably have an immediate task list to attend to once you settle to freshen up the place. So take off the rose-coloured glasses and really check if this is the right property for you.
Look at the off-market investment property we recently bought for a young family
Natalie & David have a busy family life and they had us find them a great investment property in the inner-city suburb of Erskineville, Sydney.
Thanks again Good Deeds, we are so very happy we signed up for your service. It more than paid for itself in the house we ended up buying.
Good Deeds buyers tips are intended to be of a general nature. Please contact us for advice that is specific to your individual circumstances. You may also need to get advice from other professionals such as an accountant, mortgage broker, financial planner or solicitor.