back Posted on 29 June 2023
Tips for Buyers Looking for Their Dream Home
Searching for your next home can be an exciting process, but it can also feel daunting and even frustrating at times. Try using these suggestions to ensure that when you’re house hunting you remain as calm as possible.

Get your ducks in a row
There is little point going shopping without your wallet. The same thing applies to property. Before you even begin looking for a property, make sure you have spoken to an independent financial adviser first. They will help you uncover the possibilities and ensure you’re starting your search with a realistic budget in mind.

Use the internet
This is nigh on a moot point as the internet is such a ubiquitous force in all our lives nowadays. Many people begin their online browsing many months before making a move. This gives you a good understanding of what’s available in your price range. Try not to limit your ‘must-have’ features using the online filters. You could miss something simply because of an input error.

Speak to estate agents
The best way to find out about the best properties for you and your needs is to speak to the experts. Estate agents that cover your preferred area will hear about properties coming to the market long before paperwork, photos, videos, etc. are done and finally put online.

Also, estate agents are trained to hear the ‘needs’ in your description of your dream home. When we search for ourselves, we can struggle to find what we really need because we’re too focused on what we ‘want’. At Pinkertons we pride ourselves on our local knowledge and experience.

Be patient
It can be tempting to view properties before your house has agreed for sale, or before your funding is in place. This can lead to heartbreak.
If you aren’t agreed or able to proceed with the purchase straightaway, the seller is unlikely to accept any offer. You could lose out to someone in a better buying position than you. Wait until you are in a position to buy before viewing. This will save you a lot of time and potential heartache.

Don’t lowball
It’s normal to want to try a ‘cheeky’ offer but in such bouyant market a really low offer runs the risk of offending the sellers. Once that’s happened, people’s defences can be raised and even if you offered over the asking price, they may decide not to sell to you on a matter of principle.

If you really want the property and it’s potentially your dream home, pay the correct price.

If you’re looking for your dream home in Bangor/North Down/ Comber or Ards, get in touch with Pinkertons on 028 9147 9393 and we can talk you through your ‘must-haves’, ‘would-likes’, and the whole process.
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