How to avoid these 3 common traps for property buyers

It is not only first home buyers that make mistakes when purchasing property and fall into traps.  Many people we come across have fallen into similar traps.  

Here are just a few to be aware of:

• Don’t fall in love with a fabulous renovation and overlook a terrible location. It is easy to be seduced by the latest kitchen and bathroom finishes and forget that you are paying a premium for them today, as they will surely be dated within 5 years. If you pay this premium and find yourself living on a busy road or in the best house in the worst street, you could pay dearly when it comes your turn to sell.

• Don’t get turned off by clutter and drab décor and overlook a good floorplan or great location. Just as it is easy to fall for a well presented home, it is hard to fall in love with a poorly presented one. However some properties can be transformed when the current occupants move out all their junk and you clean it up and give it a lick of paint.

• Don’t become fixated on what price a house sold for last time and forget that its current value needs to be assessed in the context of what similar properties are now selling for. You could be missing out on a great home by not focusing on what it is worth now.


Further reading:

What to compromise on when buying a house or apartment

When Is The Best Time To Buy A Property And Stop Looking?

How to work out how much to pay for a property



Published:-  7 July 2016


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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