Getting the right property for you in 2018

Mar 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM Share this:
We’re now well into a new year, and with a new year comes a brand-new set of goals and priorities. If one of your top priorities this year is finding your brand-new home, here are some tips on where to start.


Time for a change?


A change in homes can also herald a change in lifestyle. Those looking at moving on from their quarter-acre paradise might suddenly discover the appeal of an inner-city apartment, while city dwellers might dream of a lifestyle block in the countryside or a villa in the suburbs. Whatever the change and new horizons you have in mind be prepared to make well-informed decisions as part of your move.


Tip: If you’re looking for a completely different lifestyle, make a list of must-haves, versus wants and be prepared to research your new location thoroughly. Chatting with your agent can help.


Thinking of investing?

If it’s the ‘development potential’ of a property which is your main reason for buying it, check to see what you can and can’t develop before the purchase. You may be limited on what and how high you can build, how much and what part of your section can be built on, and activities you plan to do there (such as operating a small home business for example).

Tip: Check with your city about development restrictions before making a purchase.


Urban development


Find out how your new neighborhood might change in the future. New buildings and businesses and even motorways may be part of the area’s plan. Don’t assume a quiet underdeveloped area will stay that way forever.

Tip: Ask a knowledgeable agent about possible changes to the local area. A well-informed agent should understand major developments in the works.


Don’t forget about the view


Check your new views won’t be built out, or even disappear behind recently planted trees.

Tip: Ask the city or local council how they will manage these plantings once they get high enough to block views and even sunlight.


Moving to a new environment can add an exciting new dimension and outlook to your life. But to make the most of your move, it is important to be well prepared for the changes in lifestyle. Your agent can advise you on the range of issues involved with such a change to ensure you make the most of your new property.
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