Tips to buying your first home

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Buying a home comes with many important considerations. Property24 provides gives us tips of navigating this daunting journey. Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 4.40.23 PM Buying your dream home shouldn’t be an intimidating process. Here are ways to minimise the paperwork. Create a list of criteria Identify your requirements by creating a list of “must haves” and “nice to haves”. This allows you to more objectively compare properties that you view. Thoroughly research the neighbourhood you are interested in to ensure that it offers investment growth opportunities. Also consider your needs in terms of proximity to schools, work, public transport, shops and other amenities that are important to you, as these will play a large part in making sure the home is not only a good investment, but will also suit your lifestyle.Deciding on the physical features such as size and number of bedrooms may seem simple, but it is wise to bear in mind that buying property is a long-term investment. Decide which property type suits you There are different types of homes, such as freehold properties or sectional titles, and deciding whether you have a preference for one specific type over another will simplify your house hunting experience further. While freehold houses offer freedom regarding alterations or renovations, sectional title properties offer a better form of security and convenience with maintenance. The online search Searching for property has become a far simpler process. Property24.com aggregates property listings from leading Estate Agents around the country, offering potential buyers a comprehensive overview of the market. You can search for property options based on your selected criteria including area, physical features, and price range. View with a critical eye Ignore the décor – identify any defects when viewing the property and later investigate the costs of fixing these.Take photos of the property to ensure you don’t only rely on your memory.Revisit a home if you have an increasing interest in it and consider viewing it both during the day and in the evening.Meet the neighbours and learn more about the neighbourhood and any planned developments.

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