Moving to a new city and buying a house – Why out-of-towners need expert real estate help

Here is a little story about buyers from Brisbane and buyers from Melbourne trying to secure property in Sydney’s heady real estate market. When you are moving to a new city and buying a house you need to know what you should be looking for.

Just before Christmas last year we had a client come to us after finding a property they liked in Rozelle. These buyers had recently moved to Sydney from Brisbane and, although renting in the area, had yet to come up to speed with the local dynamics of this market.

This particular property had ample internal accommodation, double parking and city views, so it was easy to see why it appealed to our clients. HOWEVER, it was on a busy corner, lacked privacy, had limited usable outdoor space and was neither contemporary nor period in style. In short, this was a property that would be difficult to sell in a “normal” property market, particularly as it was a style that generally does not appeal to Balmain/Rozelle locals.

After evaluating the property, we advised our client that $1.7M was “top dollar”. It had, in fact, just passed in at auction with a vendor bid at that very figure (and two other offers had apparently been that figure),thoughthe vendors were hoping to achieve $1.8M. The agent reported to me that the vendors would accept $1.785M and I expect there would have been further room for negotiation if our clients were prepared to pay over $1.7M, however my clients decided to let the property go.

Christmas came and went, then suddenly we hear that the property had sold for $1.8M! A little investigation revealed that the purchasers had a very similar profile to my clients: they were of a similar age, recently moved from Melbourne and also renting in the area. The difference? Our clients had expert advice and avoided paying too much for a property that does not appeal to local buyers. If the Melbourne people had engaged us, they would have saved a minimum $15K – and probably more. That is why it is not always easy moving to a new city and buying a house.

Postscript – our Brisbane people have since purchased a lovely double-fronted weatherboard in Rozelle at a much fairer price! Precisely the sort of property that will be easy for them to sell to a Balmain/Rozelle local when it comes to their turn to put it on the market.

Further reading:

Why locals pay less for some properties

Is it a good time to buy property in Sydney?

Buying property – How to know when you know enough to buy, without paying too much

Published:- 18 March 2010

DISCLAIMER: Please note: 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.

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