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How to research the property market

How to research the property market

Are you considering entering the real estate market, whether as a first-time homebuyer, a seasoned investor or someone looking to downsize? We've compiled a set of valuable insights on how to effectively research the property market before making your purchase.

Researching the property market goes beyond casually attending open houses or skimming through statistics about your desired area. If you're serious about buying property, it's essential to gain a deep understanding of your preferences and make informed decisions tailored to your unique circumstances.

Establish Your Financial Parameters

It may appear self-evident, but determining your budget is the essential first step. Before you start looking at specific suburbs or property types, take some time to assess your financial situation. Work with a financial planner or mortgage broker to evaluate your current financial situation, existing investments, and spending habits. This will help you determine how much you can comfortably afford to spend on a property.

 

Delve into the Area

To avoid feeling overwhelmed by the abundance of property options on real estate websites, start by narrowing down your location preferences. Understanding what is most important to you is essential to starting your property journey.

Ask yourself questions like:

  • Does the neighbourhood align with your lifestyle?
  • Are there suitable amenities for you, your family or your pets?
  • Are there any upcoming development projects that might positively or negatively affect the area?

It’s equally important to define what aspects of the neighbourhood are essential to you. Do you want to be close to parks and open spaces, or are you more interested in vibrant bars and restaurants? Consider the importance of public transport access and proximity to family and friends.

Once you have settled on an area, focus your attention on gathering insights and data specific to that location. Information such as property types available, demographics and the average time properties spend on the market is valuable for both prospective homeowners and investors.

 

Define Your Property Criteria

Property purchases can be emotionally driven, so it is important to know what you need and want before you start looking. Consider the following questions:

  • How many bedrooms do you need?
  • What architectural style do you like?
  • What features are must-haves? For example, a large backyard for your kids to play in, or a home office so you can work from home.
  • What features would be nice to have? For example, a pool or a finished basement.
  • Are there any deal-breakers? For example, a property that is in a flood zone or a property that is not within walking distance of schools or public transport.
  • How long do you plan to own this property?
  • Who might be the next buyer of this property? If you plan to sell the property in the future, you will want to consider who the target market is for that property. For example, if you are buying a property in a family-friendly neighbourhood, you will want to make sure that the property is appealing to families.
  • What is the property's growth potential?

It is also important to stay informed about local property trends and market conditions. You can do this by reading real estate sections of newspapers, exploring property-related magazines, and talking to local agents.

Remember that media outlets may occasionally exaggerate stories to attract attention. To obtain a balanced perspective, rely on multiple news sources and closely examine property data from reputable sources such as CoreLogic.

You can also visit our blog for the latest lifestyle and market insights. Our blog provides comprehensive information on a variety of topics related to real estate, including market trends, buying and selling tips and financing options.

By following these tips, you can make sure that you are making a well-informed decision when purchasing a property.

 

Consult with a Local Real Estate Agent

Wrap up your research by engaging in a conversation with a trusted professional in your local area. Agents often have early access to properties that match your criteria, potentially enabling you to inspect and make an offer before competitors even have a chance to view the property.

Feel free to reach out if you need further assistance or have more specific questions.

 

 

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