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Top strategies to help you secure the home you want

Whether you’re looking for a family home in the suburbs or a pad in the city, finding your very own patch of paradise can be tricky.

But that’s where we can help.

Below, you’ll find information on property reports, open home tips and some smart auction strategies to help you get the keys to that property you’ve fallen for.

So, let’s get into it.

Set your expectations

A good starting point is our range of calculators that can help you work out your approximate loan repayments and stamp duty costs. Information like this can help to create a clear picture of the house you can afford.

Next, get hold of some property reports. These types of reports provide an estimated market value (of the home you’re looking at), along with suburb trends and recent sales history. They’ll also show you nearby schools and transport. All of which can help you form an educated view on whether a property is a good buy or not.

Our property reports are all complimentary and can be accessed through our Property Market Research tool. You can also view these in our new St.George Property app, your one-stop-shop throughout your property journey. To start using this tool, just enter the suburb or property you’re interested in online. You can also get a more detailed property or suburb report through your lender.

Get agents working for you

Often, agents list properties on their local sites. So, sign up to their mailing lists and add their sites to your property search list. They’ll give you an inside track on the market.

You can also contact agents and let them know the things you do and don’t like in a home. An agent can then provide you with a curated list of properties based on your criteria.

Go broad with your property search

Check out our Property Market Research tool to get a clearer picture of the properties you like and the suburbs you’re looking in. 

As mentioned previously, try to get a feel for the real estate agents who are selling the kind of properties you like, and check out their listings before you start your search.

Our St.George Property app also has a great ‘search feature’ which can help you short-list those homes you’re interested in.

And finally, free property reports are a great way to access estimated property values, suburb trends and history, plus other useful property insights and data. 

Always inspect the property

Property listings can be deceiving. Photography techniques can make the dingiest rooms look amazing and change your view of a place. So before putting in an offer – and to help you feel more confident prior to auction day – make sure you attend at least one open inspection in person.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you find auctions intimidating, get some help from someone who’s done it before. Speak to a friend or family member, alternatively, speak to your lender. You need someone who can both manage the pressure cooker of the auction and knows the market well.

What to do if you miss out at an auction

Getting outbid at an auction will hurt. But try to remember that another house is out there waiting for you.

So, what do you do if you miss out? First off, work out what went wrong and adjust your approach accordingly. If it just wasn’t your day, or if the winner got duped by some of the auctioneer’s tricks, there’s not much you can do. And missing out might not necessarily be the worst thing.

But if there’s something off in your strategy, or prices within the suburb have risen above your budget, you may need to reconsider a few things.

For pricing, work out how far you fell short. Was it just a case of good auctioneering or were you more than 10% away from the asking price? It might be a good idea to look in the next suburb over.

And don’t forget, new properties are always coming on the market. Present yourself like a pro, not a frustrated buyer. You never know, they might have something better for you.

Call our specialists with any questions

If you need help, or just want to renew your Approval in Principal, call your home loan expert.

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St.George Property App: Estimated property values are available via the St.George Property app.  Currently the app is only available on iPhones running iOS version 11 or later.

The St.George Property App is for personal, non-commercial use only. The information contained within the app, including estimated values, is provided as a guide only using data obtained from third party providers and may not take into account all relevant factors. The accuracy of any other financial insights provided through the app are dependent on the quality of the information you enter.

Use of the St.George Property App is subject to you completing registration and agreeing to the St.George Property Terms and Conditions, a copy of which is available here.