A new Home on your horizon? Look before you Leap! 

Buying real estate is an investment into your future, but consideration should be given to a few aspects before signing on the dotted line.

Location is important. Buyers should be aware of schools in the area as it plays a significant role in the neighbourhood and can influence property values and the resale of a home. The same goes for proximity to shopping centers – which usually offer a range of shops / banks / medical suites and eateries. Easy access to the express way also helps as time saved in traffic is better spent at home or with the family. Get acquainted with the suburbs and community facilities available before buying if you’re new to the area.

Buying a property is a big decision and a long-term investment. It will appreciate over time, but it does not happen overnight and can affect your equity should you have to sell over a short period. It is also advisable to have some funds set aside for those unexpected expenses coming with home ownership.

Street appeal tells a story about the property. A well presented home entices buyers to explore further benefits it offers and whether it is fit for your unique family requirements.  A manicured garden enhances curb appeal and make for a positive first impression. A functional, low maintenance garden can be just as striking – adding value to the overall picture.

The back garden holds the key to privacy and entertainment. This is where you can put your footprint by developing the space. It should have room for outdoor entertaining with  a play area for the kids and pets.

Always be on the look out for potential to add value – smaller alterations can make a property more appealing to other buyers should it come to the resale of the property.

Do your homework before buying – make sure it is right for your family!

Happy house-hunting.

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About Linda Dobson

Linda Dobson - REAA Certified - is a sales consultant at the Rototuna branch of Harcourts - one of the six offices in Hamilton. She markets and sells residential properties with dedicated service to vendors to fetch to best possible price for their real estate. She gladly assists as a buyer's consultant to purchasers to find their ideal homes or investment properties and is results driven. She has a passion for real estate and see beyond the brick and mortar to address the needs and wants of both vendors and purchasers. Call Linda today for friendly, professional service, information and assistance with your next home or investment property. Mob: +64 22 64 50588 www.property-spectrum.com
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