Whenever you plan to buy something — a meal at a restaurant, a new smartphone, a pet for your kids — you always want to get the best value for your money and a pleasant purchasing experience. After all, you worked hard to earn the money you spend for both necessities and little luxuries, so it's only fitting that you get your money's worth. And so, many people do some research on the product or service in question, like good reviews from restaurant diners, a detailed critique of the gadget's specs by a tech-savvy website, or a list of a specific dog breed's behaviors and compatibility with children.
If you perform these simple acts of studying up on the less expensive things that you want to buy, then you should do the same — and a lot more — for a much bigger investment, such as a house or a property you mean to flip for profit. For many people, purchasing a house is a once-in-a-lifetime experience — it's the home your family will be living and growing up in, so it has to suit everyone's needs for the long term. Similarly, if you're an investor, you can't afford to purchase the wrong property for your needs if you mean to maximise your investment and receive substantial returns.
What kind of help do you need?
It would be advisable to have someone well-versed and experienced in real estate to help you with your property search and the buying process itself so that you can be sure to secure the best property available. Your best bet is to hire a buyer's agent — Lower North Shore, Sydney offers plenty of attractive properties, and getting someone to help you sift through the options and go about the rigorous purchasing process is a big step toward finding exactly what you need.
What services can a buyer's agent — someone who looks after the buyer's interests, and not of the seller's — provide for you? Some examples are:
- A preliminary session, wherein buyers are assisted in focusing on the type of properties that they should be looking at, based on their needs and preferences;
- A comprehensive search service, wherein they begin looking for options and keep you updated on the search progress until a suitable one is found and due diligence is commenced;
- An individual property evaluation and negotiation service, wherein the agent evaluates and negotiates for property that the buyer himself has found and would like to buy; and
- A limited property search service, which generally involves partial management of the buyer's property search. The agent will be the one coordinating with selling agents, lawyers, property managers, building inspectors and other professional advisers.
With careful, comprehensive and informed guidance, buyers exploring Sydney’s Lower North Shore can be assured of an organized and fruitful property search and purchasing process.