Knowing what a property is worth is central to avoiding paying too much for it.
Set a benchmark
Comparing nearby properties that have sold recently is the best way to assess an acceptable price for the property you are looking at and provides a valuable bargaining tool when you are negotiating with a seller or agent. Make sure the properties are comparable, with a similar land size and number of bedrooms, for example, so you aren’t measuring apples against oranges.
At Eagle Lending Solutions we can generate property reports with a list of sales in the area these can assist you to do quick comparison online. If you can find one or two similar properties, then you can be sure of what the property is worth.
Keep in mind current market conditions
The property market is always changing, so doing this research once and sitting on it for a few months will offer little help. Going to open homes and auctions regularly will give you insight into the current state of the market and how much certain properties are going for.
Expand your search
My number one tip is to look at properties in the suburb next to the one that you want. We find that first-home buyers in particular usually end up buying in the more affordable suburb next door to the one that they first wanted to buy in.
Don’t exceed your financial capacity
Even if a lender approves you for a particular loan amount, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it – a higher loan amount means higher interest charges over the life of the loan, increasing the total cost of the property purchase, so only ever commit to a loan that you can afford alongside your current income and real expenditure. When calculating figures for the price of a home, ensure you also budget for maintenance and repair costs, as well as any other expertise you may require in the purchasing process.
Bring in the experts
Eagle Lending Solutions onside is key to avoid overpaying for finance – we will search out the best loan for you and make sure it is one that you can afford.