How to get the house you want
Searching for your first house can be exciting and nerve-wracking. It also has the potential to be extremely frustrating. Not all of that frustration can be avoided, but you can reduce your stress levels with some research, planning and focus.
Refining your search
You only have a limited amount of time to spend house-hunting. When there are so many interesting properties listed for sale, it’s easy to become distracted by all the possibilities. One minute you’re eyeing up a townhouse in the suburbs, the next minute you’ve spotted a cheap section out of town and you’re trying to price up the cost of building.
Unless you genuinely love spending your spare time at open homes (and some people do), you need to begin your house-hunting journey by deciding what you’re looking for.
Your budget will limit your options, but even on a shoestring there are still decisions to be made. You’ll need to weigh up your options:
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Start refining your search by choosing a limited number of suburbs for your house-hunt and choosing a type of house. That at least lets you set up alerts on property websites so you know about new listings as soon as they come onto the open market.