With property prices turning the corner and good growth predicted for the rest of the year, it may be a good time to take that first step on the property ladder. With thousands and thousands of houses for sale, it may be an overwhelming task to find the right property. Here’s how to hunt: Property websites Your starting point should be the internet. There are numerous property websites with thousands of property listings. The internet offers an easy, cheap and convenient way to find the best houses for sale. Most listings offer photos of the house, a description, price and often even a video tour. Using property websites is simply the best way to get informed about home prices and areas. Viewing houses for sale Once you have an idea of what you like and can afford, it is time to start viewing some houses for sale in person. Pack your camera and take pictures – you may struggle to remember the finer details of a specific property once you have visited a few. It is also wise to take detailed notes – write down what you like and didn’t like. Pay attention to the surroundings too – what is next door? Do you like the location? Are there any amenities nearby? Some estate agents also advise clients to give a ranking out of 10 immediately after leaving a property. When you are tired, you might remember some houses for sale more favourably than was really the case. Re-visit your favourites After viewing houses for a few days, you are likely to have a good idea of which one or two you would be interested in buying. Before you make a decision, however, ask to view them again. You are likely to look at them with different eyes and spot elements you overlooked the first time. If you still like the property – make your offer!
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