Congratulations on your decision to invest in a property. There are few better investments. But it’s a cutthroat business out on the housing market. For every good house you view there are probably three or more people looking to buy it.
To land that dream house, you need to make the effort and find out everything you can on the houses you view. Here are a few tips to make the process as painless and as gainful as possible.
Charm, and get the agent on your side. You will want the agent to warm up to you and be willing to give any relevant information about the seller and the house itself. They will likely divulge information on why the owner is selling, how quickly they want to sell, and what price they are willing to come down to.
Coordinate your viewings. It doesn’t help deciding you want house ‘A’ four days after the viewing, by which time a proactive buyer would have already had an offer accepted. If possible, schedule all your viewings within one day. Decide quickly which house meets your needs and budget, and immediately make an offer.
Be open-minded. Don’t be put off from a possible dream house by metrics like how many rooms they are. Total floor space is a more accurate measure of a property’s size. Instead look for structural defects and sniff out any signs of damp. If the design is good, and the construction sound, mark the house and consider making an offer.
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