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First Home Buyer? Winter Might be your Season!

5 Jun 2015 Richmond 0 Comment

First home buyers may find that the best opportunity to enter the housing market is during the winter months.

A noticeable trend suggests that during the period June to August each year the number of property sales traditionally decline as fewer property buyers tend to look for homes during the winter months.

Similar to the rental market, most people favour moving to a new home during the spring and summer months rather than during the winter months.

The winter months can offer a window of opportunity for the many thousands of first home buyer who have found it difficult to secure a home over the past six months.

It is a truism that the best day to attend a home open is when it is pouring with rain because bad weather or even major sporting events can significantly reduce the number of property buyers attending a property inspection.

Areas that may offer the best opportunity for property buyers are second and third tier coastal areas because sales activity in the coastal real estate market tends to be quieter during the winter months compared to more inland suburbs.

Astute property buyers should check the newspapers and internet each week to determine which suburbs have the greatest number of properties for sale. The more properties there are for sale in a suburb, the greater will be the competition between sellers.

In particular, property buyers should look for homes that may be currently rented and are being sold by the investor landlords to coincide with the start of the new financial year.

Some of these properties may not have been properly maintained by the landlord and may offer astute home buyers a low cost entry into the housing market.

First home buyers should also make sure that they have pre-approved finance before they make an offer on a property. As first home buyers can often be pushed out by financially backed investors, pre-approved finance is vital if you want to be in the running.

You should also make sure that your first offer is your best offer. During this research phase, you can use the Internet to obtain a property price check report to help gauge your offer amount.

In addition, our website has lots of handy calculators and tools to help you better prepare to buy your first home. Alternatively, feel free to call our office on 8352 3444 for any queries you may have.

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