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Category Archives: Real Estate

Purchase Beach House Tips

beach-house # Pick the right beach

The right location needs the right beach to ensure it is a popular destination for all sorts of visitors.

Long swept beaches with clean breaking surf are always popular, but even better is a location which also has a protected swimming area for smaller children.

Prime beachside areas play host to a number of different past times, like surfing, sailing, scuba diving and boating, which attract high income visitors at different times of the year.

Don’t forget night-time either – seaside towns with a smattering of good restaurants and at least one decent late night watering hole are favoured by families with grown up children and holidaying groups of young adults.

The further south you travel, the more important it is to ensure your beach spot is close to winter activities like craft markets, wineries and national parks.

# Find the right location

The best performing beachside locations are within 2.5 hours drive of a major metropolitan area, particularly those with access to a major highway.

Look for small seaside towns in a region with a multi-faceted local economy, which provides a strong local rental market all year round.

Don’t be tempted by areas with a lot of high rise development and fly in visitors. These locations can have large numbers of new units added to a small market in a short period of time which makes these properties vulnerable during a downturn.

# Pick the right property

The best results for properties in seaside towns tend to be from houses, not apartments, especially properties about the same size as a standard suburban house.

Tiny beach huts and sprawling mansions often perform quite badly during cyclical downturns.

Start your search around the middle of the local price range and hone in on a three bedroom houses around 10 minutes walk away from the township.

The best properties will be in a relatively quiet bush setting and have a generous balcony or outdoor entertaining area and plenty of storage for boats and water sports equipment in a lock up garage.

And of course it should be close to a favoured beach – no more than 20 minutes walk.

Once you’ve found a likely candidate, I’d recommend searching through back copies of the local newspaper, paying particular attention to past events like flooding or bush fires.

# Have the right time frame in mind

Properties in coastal resort towns usually have greater price volatility and lower capital growth than those in capital city markets.

If you invest your hard earned money into a seaside property, you may have to be quite patient to see good results, as anyone trying to sell a beach house during the GFC can testify.

But a smart buy in the right location can pay good long term dividends to the shrewd purchaser.

About Conveyancing

When you’re finally able to make your dream home a reality it may come as a rude shock to discover it’s not quite the fairytale it’s cracked up to be. With your dream pad comes legal costs and responsibilities that you’d rather push to the back of your mind. Enter your fairy godmother – aka your conveyancer.

“Conveyancing” is a pretty scary word for many first-time home buyers who are in the midst of grappling with a host of other real estate jargon.

Unfortunately, it’s a necessary step in the purchasing process – and something that can’t be avoided. Regardless of whether you’re buying a poky inner-city apartment or a sprawling McMansion on the water you’ll need to get some conveyancing done.

Conveyancing is the process of transferring the legal ownership of property from one person to another. It is made up of three essential steps – investigation, negotiation and paperwork.

This includes everything from checking the contract of sale and applying to the local council for a current survey and building certificate, to enquiring with relevant government departments and attending settlement.

While you are allowed to do this yourself, unless you have a legal background you have to wonder why anyone would take this route. You already have to deal with the to-ing and fro-ing of obtaining finance and then there’s the stress of the move itself!

It makes sense to leave the pile of confusing paperwork to the professionals. Not only will this ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible, it will take some of the pain out of the whole experience.

Conveyancing costs

Conveyancers on charge as little as $500 and go up to around $1000. This flat fee normally includes all the basics, and your conveyancer should provide you with a breakdown of all costs.

If you don’t think the purchase or sale is going to be straightforward you should consider hiring a solicitor. A conveyancer can only give you legal advice about the property, whereas a solicitor can advise you about the property and many other legal matters, such as tax matters and inheritance.

Whether you opt for a conveyancer or solicitor make sure they have a licence and professional indemnity insurance. Indemnity insurance is obtained in order to offer protection to a buyer (and a lender) where there is a defect in the title which cannot be resolved. While this should be used as a last resort, it’s absolutely crucial.

All care, no responsibility

While your conveyancer or solicitor will review the contract it will be up to you to double-check the details. There’s a good chance your conveyancer has never set foot in your property so they’ll be relying on you to pick up any oversights. The house contract should detail absolutely everything, from the number of parking spots on the title to any permanent window fixtures.

If you do decide to go it alone, do yourself a favour and purchase a DIY Conveyancing Kit. The kit can normally be found for around $80 and contains a step-by-step guide to all the necessary procedures, as well as all the documents required.

Regardless of which conveyancing method you choose it’s a good idea to have another set of eyes (preferably trained ones!) check over the contract.

Signing a contract that you don’t really understand is a big no-no – in fact it’s the fastest way to lose your dream home. Once you’ve signed on the dotted line the contract is binding and if something is awry even the most high-priced lawyer will have trouble rectifying the situation.

There’s no better reason to forgo the responsibility from the start and let your conveyancer work their magic!

Are You Ready for Purchase a House with Your Partner?

# You work as a team

Buying a home is stressful enough at the best of times, let alone when it involves a couple making their first long-term financial and emotional commitment together. “Remember you are on the same team with the same goal in mind,” says Manning.

Your partner will be your support network – through whole weekends of house viewings to high-pressure auctions and the fraught negotiation stage. “You need to make the agreements together,” says Manning. “Talk ahead of auctions to agree on a limit and stick to that.” Openly communicating, making room for compromise, and looking after your own stress – through exercise, massage, or whatever helps you relax – will ease the situation.

# You’re both happy in your careers

Job stability is important if you’re going to pay back a mortgage together. If one of you isn’t happy in their current job, is tossing up going back to school, or is planning a career change, you may want to put the house hunting on the backburner. The transaction costs and market cycle means that buying makes sense only if you plan to stay put and settle down for at least five to seven years.

# You’re solid

Don’t jump into the property game because your apartment is too expensive or you want to solidify your relationship status. Do it for the right reasons. The two of you should be so solid that you use “when” instead of “if” when you talk about the future, can work together to remedy issues, and can comfortably discuss who’s paying what bill. And if you think your sometimes-rocky relationship will be cemented by becoming fiscally intertwined through a joint mortgage, then you’re sadly mistaken. Buying a home together will merely highlight any fractures that already exist.

# You have the same idea of what your first home ought to be

More than a third of estate agents think couples who are first-time buyers don’t share the same ideas about what they’re looking for in a property. When looking for your first home, prioritise your needs. Never mind the fact that you’re united in dreams of white and crisp Scandi interior design. Does the property have the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms? Are you looking for a new build or a fixer-upper? How averse are you to renovating?

Manning suggests writing separate lists, asking: “What’s most important to me to have in the house I buy?” Once you have a clear top three to five, compare them. If your top values are similar that means you are on the same page. If they’re wildly different, spend time exploring why it’s important to you and see if you can find a compromise.

# You know you can share space

As they say, try before you buy. This may mean living together for a few years in a rented apartment to test the waters and temper your expectations. The success of your cohabitation – which usually manifests itself in three years of harmonious Netflix viewing, toilet tag-teaming and IKEA furniture assemblage – then you may be ready to take the next step. As psychologist Jacqui Manning advises, “There’s no hard-and-fast formula for how to do things, but the commitment of renting may be more palatable to see if your relationship can last the long term, especially with the level of financial commitment buying a house entails these days.”

# You already have a deposit, or you’re on the way

According to a study by insurance company Norwich Union, 88 per cent of couples underestimate the cost of moving home, with the stress weighing heavily on their relationship. Talking money with your partner can be a minefield. Ensure you’re both on the same page in terms of savings and budget, whether you’ll have joint/separate accounts, and what each will contribute to the mortgage, taking into consideration “extras” such as stamp duty, legal fees and moving expenses. “If you’re concerned about your partner’s ability to save, then consult a financial adviser or counsellor as to how to best manage this,” suggests Manning.

And if you know that buying will put a big strain on your finances, don’t do it. A mortgage lender will dig deep into your credit history so any debt secrets you have won’t be secret for long.

# You can agree on a location

Agree on a few postcodes before you start browsing the listings, taking into consideration commute times, the community and where your family and friends are. Familiarise yourself with the area – in both night and day – to see if it suits your lifestyles. Be open and honest. Feeling compromised in your choice of location is sure to breed resentment in the long run.

Declutter before Moving Home Tips

The most critical thing to do while cleaning up your house is to have an arrangement. Designate time for every room; that way, you can complete one segment before you proceed onward to the following, and you won’t get confounded about what you are keeping and discarding.

A smart thought is to embrace the ‘keep, give, toss, offer’ idea. Have assigned boxes for every classification and attempt to have things for every one from each room.

By donating items (think Vinnie’s, or NACRO), you won’t feel like you’re wasting money or keeping things you don’t use just for the sake of it. Best of all, you’re doing a good deed.

Selling items either at a garage sale or online can be a good way to make some extra cash for the things you do still need. eBay and Gumtree are great places to start, but there are lots of websites to choose from.

Another good idea is to make a list of everything you want in each room of your new home. As you start sorting through your things and ticking items off your list room by room, you’ll get an even better idea of what you can donate, sell or throw out. With throwing out in mind, be sure to make note of your local council pick-up days. The City of Melbourne website has some more great tips for disposing of unwanted items.

The idea of tackling – and culling – your wardrobe may seem particularly daunting, but there is a good rule of thumb to apply here, too: If you didn’t wear it last season (for example, swimmers in summer or jeans in winter), then you probably won’t, so get rid of it. You’ll be surprised how much space you begin to free up and how great your new closet will look!

Know more about Real Estate Research

Most banks, money related establishments and home loan agents have valuable online apparatuses to look at advances: decide your getting limit, figure reimbursements, set a financial plan and analyze protection approaches and premiums.

Value aides and suburb deals history reports are additionally accessible from specialists, for example, Australian Property Monitors, and Domain’s pursuit apparatuses which channel your examination and focus on the rural area, value extent and property sort believe it or not for you.

In the event that you’ve never purchased a home, you might be qualified for a First Home Owner Grant (FHOG). FHOG is a national plan however it’s financed by the states, so the measure of cash allowed fluctuates.

When determining your eligibility the government will take into account things like previous home ownership or investment properties, and your spouse or de facto partner’s home ownership. You don’t need to apply ahead of time but you do have to make your application within 12 months of buying your new home.

You may also be eligible for other funds, like Regional Relocation Grants, so make sure you check all of your options. Eligibility conditions and grant amounts can change, so it’s important to do some research – just visit the FHOG website, which explains the various grants available and has calculators that will tell you how much you’re eligible to apply for.