04th Nov 2014
Have you really tried EVERYTHING?
I know how difficult it can be to find the perfect home, I know just how frustrating it can be to miss out on them time and time again. Have you ever wondered if you are looking in the right places?
The obvious place to start is realestate.com.au, as an agent they drive me insane with their price increases that we have to pass on to our owners but they have become a necessary evil and do tend to be a fantastic place for buyers to start your search. There are a few other sites that are fairly widely used as well but most agents will advertise on these as well as realestate.com.au.
The next place that I would recommend searching is sites like Gumtree.com.au (you might be surprised) generally you will be looking at for sale by owner listings here although a few agents will list here as well. As a source you will have to independently look at the pricing of the listing, a lot of for sale by owners are so because agents were not prepared to take on the property for a price that the owner agreed with. My advice is to do your own research on price but these guys don’t tend to be the best negotiators so you could end up with a bargain!
Another tip is to follow the common property photographer’s websites, they tend to advertise the photos before the agent has a chance to upload the listing. There can sometimes be as much as a week’s lead time with this method. Nest uses open to view for our property photography. The one downside to this is that most photographers will advertise the price as POA so you will have to know house prices in the area that you are concentrating on.
The tried and tested letter in the letter box of a home you are interested in, its an oldie but a goodie and we are not leaving any stone unturned today!
The last DIY tip that I have for you is to set up google alerts for the areas that you are looking in, this will deliver potential homes directly to your inbox GENIUS!
Ok moving onto getting a little bit of help from an agent…. This is where the underground market comes into play
We can often help you to find a home but it is a bit of a process and can take a little bit of patience, I know it’s hard but sometimes we can’t help immediately. You see the main problem that agents have with working with buyers is that it can be incredibly time consuming and may not result in a sale and given that agents are only paid on commission it isn’t also the most viable exercise for them/us. It’s not that we don’t want to help, but sometimes we have so many other things that we are doing for our vendors (owners) that we simply don’t have the time to help you as much as we would like to.
The first place that an agent will usually start is to look at withdrawn listings in an area, these are usually withdrawn in a slower market and can be a fantastic place to look. Sometimes the owners have decided that they don’t want to sell anymore, which can be disappointing but finding a new home has never been an exact science!
The next place where I have had terrific success in the past is with rental properties, generally owned by investors with no emotional investment in the property. You will need an agent to attempt to contact the owners directly and see if they may consider selling for the right price.
Ok so there you have it, if you can think of any other methods please feel free to add them below!