How to go about long-distance house hunting

Buying a home in your own neighbourhood can be challenging, let alone trying to find a property half way across the country.

Sometimes purchasing a home from far away is required though, particularly if you need to move for work, or are looking to buy in an investment hot spot.

But while long distance house hunting can be tricky, there are things you can do to help make your property journey a little easier.

Research

You’ll need to do your homework if you intend to buy a property located far away, particularly if the market is unfamiliar to you.

Luckily there is a lot of information you can find online. Things like past sales results, commuting times and local school ranking will help provide a good picture of the property and the area it’s located within.

Narrow down what you want

You don’t want to waste time researching specific properties that ultimately won’t be suitable for you.

To ensure you don’t take unnecessary trips visiting the wrong types of properties make a list of your absolute must-haves in a property, such as number of bedrooms, land size or location.

Details such as wall colours, landscaping or kitchen layouts probably aren’t as important because you can change them once a place is yours.

It’s also a good idea to have a definite budget in mind. It’s a good idea to have pre-approval in place before you start your property hunt.

Budget a visit if you can

If you’re able to it’s best to visit the area you want to buy in to get a good feel for it and discover the subtleties that can only be seen when you see something in person.

If you only have one weekend to visit then schedule as many open homes as you can so you can compare them all and take the time to talk to agents. You may also like to visit local parks and cafes and/or talk to neighbours to get a local’s perspective on the area.

Get eyes on the ground

It’s always a good idea to know someone who has expertise in the local market and can provide you with reliable information on local properties and how the buying process works.

Plus, you may not be able to visit every open home or attend auctions so you may need to enlist the help of a buyer’s agent in these circumstances.

If you need assistance buying a property in Werribee, contact the Professionals Triwest Real Estate team.

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