How to do Your Buying Homework

Accessing Resources

With the Housing Industry Association recently noting that dwelling commencements are expected to break 20-year old records and rise above 190,000 in a year, there could be a lot of property coming your way on the market. But with this wide range of homes being built, how do you boost your knowledge of the market to make a great purchase?

It is time to go back to school and do some buying homework, but never fear – we are here to give you some tutoring tips!

The information superhighway is open and waiting for you! From research sites like RP Data, to downloading our free myMarket report, for regional snapshot, market news and house prices. It is also recommended you ask your local real estate agent for a suburb market report or snapshot on the suburbs sales trends. Local agents live and breathe property in the area you are looking in and are best placed to give you an accurate summary of what is going on.

It is also worth investigating any future infrastructure projects that may benefit or take away from the area. Local councils can help provide you with this information along with heaps of other facts about services, child care, events and much much more. Additionally if you have kids, sites like My School are a good resource to investigate the quality of educational facilities in the region.

There is an endless list of sites to visit, and so many tailored to exactly what you want to find. Jump online and get researching!

Get on the Ground

Doing hands-on research in the area you want to buy in is another great way of finding out about a suburb or town. You can see if parks are kept clean, roads are maintained, test out the public transport, or even pop down to a local cafe to try out the coffee and food.

Another idea is introduce yourself to people who live in the area – perhaps spark up a conversation with the corner shop or cafe owner and find out what they enjoy about the suburb, what the community is like, are there any big building projects they are aware of that may impact the value of property in the area.

If you are picking a place to live for the long term, first-hand experience is an excellent way to gain some valuable insight.

Speak to an Agent

As professionals who constantly work in certain areas, real estate agents can be a fountain of wisdom and experience.

By having knowledge of how much homes sell for, how long they spend on the market and also having experience with local tradespeople and vendors, they can give you an accurate depiction of a suburb just by giving them a call.

An agent can also give you tips on council rates, and perhaps even the tax breaks or subsidies you can qualify for!

Attend a Few Auctions

To get a good idea about buyer interest in the suburb you are looking at, attend a few auctions. This is a great way to firstly see the different techniques people use at auction which may help you when you come to buy, but it also gives you a good indication of how popular a suburb is, how ‘hot’ the market is and what properties are selling for. We buy houses in Coconut Creek Florida.

By spending a bit of extra time doing your research early, you can really work out if this is an area you want to live in and understand how much you should be paying for a home, which could save your money when you go to buy. Put the home in your homework, and experience the benefits!

How do you Make the Most out of a Small Kitchen?

Use the Walls

While we may want to have a home with gratuitous amounts of space and a kitchen fit for a king, sometimes we have to settle for something that is more compact than commanding. A small kitchen can be a nuisance, especially when you have several people living in the house. It is common for renters, and something that is a tradeoff for a good location or large yard in many property purchases too.

But fret not! With these handy tips, you will find you can make a great culinary situation out of even the smallest of kitchens. So without further delay, let’s get cooking!

Traditional cupboard storage is all well and good in a larger kitchen, but when you are strapped for space it is time to get more inventive. Magnetic strips on the walls are excellent for holding knives, and with some simple brackets and hooks you can also make room on the walls for your pots and pans. If you invest in some top quality items along these lines, they can also be flashy decorative pieces for your small kitchen.

Keep it Clean

One of the biggest plagues on any kitchen, especially in a renting or flatting situation, is ensuring the space stays clean. Dishes can stack up nightmarishly fast in a small space, so make sure you and everyone else you live with cleans up after themselves.

A constant supply of fresh tea towels and some collaboration on the dishes can remove the need for a drying rack, provided you put everything away efficiently.

Match your Palettes

A mixed selection of cutlery, plates and kitchen appliances can give the semblance of bad clutter, which as we all know by now is a big no-no.

Get your items matching and perhaps all in a suitable colour scheme with each other. Light colours work well to open up a space, and by having matching sets of items you will also find it much easier to place items away.

Keep the Essentials Close at Hand

That gorgeous whisk might be an elegant masterpiece, but is it something you use all the time? If not, it is time to put it away. Keep only the items you use regularly at hand, perhaps on an open shelf or in a container at one end of your countertop. This can be one that takes some working through as you determine exactly what your cooking routine is, but it cuts down on clutter excellently.

Every kitchen will be different, but by taking these small steps you will find that cramped space turning into the cutest place in your home.