Buying Your Dream House? These Tactics Will Help You Secure The Best Deal
Published on April 18, 2018
You’ve worked hard to get to this point, so make sure when you buy your dream house you’re getting the very best deal. These tactics will help you ensure that moving into your perfect home is everything you dreamed it would be.
Gone are the days when finding your dream home meant spending hours scouring newspapers or looking through real estate agents’ windows. Now you can find out everything you need to know at a fraction of the time, at the touch of a button.
Look at different sites, research the local market and see which developers are offering the best incentives. And look for areas that are tipped to become property hotspots for a great investment opportunity.
Make Friends with Agents
Real estate agents have had a bit of a bad press in the past, but instead of treating them as enemies it makes great sense to get them on side. If you’re friendly with local agents and show them you’re serious about finding your dream home, they’ll go over and above to help you secure a great deal. There’s no harm in a bit of schmoozing so make friends, buy them lunch and you’ll be in the forefront of their minds when that perfect house becomes available.
Plan Your Viewings Well
Viewing properties can be stressful, especially if you’re trying to fit it into an already busy schedule. Instead of doing them in dribs and drabs it makes sense to book out a couple of full days to see as many houses as you possibly can. You’re also more likely to get preferential treatment if you are available on weekdays- weekends are notoriously busy for real estate viewings and it’s hard to get that personal touch with lots other house hunters around.
Ask the Right Questions
If you want to get the best deal, you need to become a detective. So channel your inner Miss Marple or Inspector Piorot and do some digging. Gather clues as you’re looking around, think outside the box about how you can change the layout or make best use of rooms, and ask why the vendors are moving. If they’re in need of a quick sale you might find they’re willing to negotiate on price.
Play the Game
Buying property is a game, and you need to learn how to play it. Vendors do not always expect to get the full asking price (that’s’ why it’s called asking price!) so in most cases there will be some wiggle room. The slump in demand for Dubai properties has meant that developers are also offering some great incentives, so don’t be afraid to ask if they can throw in some additional goodies to seal the deal.
Put it in Writing
It’s great that we can do so much online and in conversation these days, but if you’re really serious about making an offer it’s good to put it in writing. A written bid is more formal than a verbal agreement and will keep you at the forefront of your agent’s mind.
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