How much is a property worth and how to decide how much to pay for it


As real estate agents, we have a requirement under the Property Stock & Station Agents Act to undertake a thorough analysis when determining how much is a property worth and we recommend a client pays.

There are a lengthy list of factors we take into consideration in order to comply with the Act.

Some of which are:
• A detailed analysis of recent sales
• Assessment of the factors that may affect the price people are willing to pay for this property in the current market.
• Is it a property that will attract buyer interest if you need to sell it in a flat market?
• Is there an obvious way that you can add value?

However, there are also factors that are individual to every buyer.

For instance:
• How long have you been looking for? Is this the only property that you have found in 12 months that suits your requirements?
• What is your timeframe – own it for 5 years then upgrade, or is this your 20 year home?
• Are you an investor or an owner occupier?

Sometimes you need to pay a premium for a property that is going to suit your needs better than anything else that is likely to come onto the market in the near future.

Sometimes, however, it is folly to pay a premium for a property that is highly likely to drop in value when the market levels off. Knowledge is power and the more you know about the suburb you are buying in, the better decision you will make to know how much is a property worth.

Further reading:

How to work out how much to pay for a property

How to avoid these 3 common traps for property buyers

What’s the best aspect in a property?


Published:- 4 March, 2010


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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