Keeping track of your property options

While finding the ideal home may sound like a relatively easy process, it may take a little more time and effort than buyers expect, especially if it’s not handled in the correct manner. 

“However,” says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, “there are methods that buyers can use to reduce the stress of finding a property and assist them in finding their perfect home in a fairly short period time.”
Goslett notes that one of the biggest challenges that most buyers face when starting out on their property buying journey is knowing where to start when sifting through the vast volumes and wide variety of properties that are available to them. “Very few buyers actually purchase the first home that they view, and often it is the viewing of random show homes that can add to the buyer’s confusion and make the decision that much harder,” he says. “Not having a plan and simply looking for as many show houses as possible can make it difficult to keep tabs on what the buyer has seen, what they liked about the various properties and for what price they were selling. Setting out with a clear plan can simplify the matter and make the ultimate purchasing decision a lot easier.”
He notes that regardless of how urgently the buyer may need to find a home, it is best not to rush the decision. Buyers, he says, should rather take some time and systematically work through small numbers of properties at a time. “Taking things slowly and viewing only a few properties at a time will help the buyer to retain as much information as possible about each of the properties they have seen. Buyers that are looking for a property urgently may want to rush the process by utilising various estate agents and seeing as many listings and attending as many show houses as they can in one day. While this may give them an idea of what properties are out there, it will also make it impossible for them to keep track of which one of the houses appealed to them the most, which agent showed them the house and why it appealed to them in the first place,” says Goslett. 
He advises that buyers should ideally only use one estate agent that they feel comfortable with and view no more than four properties on any given day. A reputable, good agent that specialises in the area that the buyer is interested in will have a wide variety of listings on their books, but will be able to narrow down the search and viewings based on the information and criteria that the buyer has provided them. Doing this will save the buyer massive amounts of time that would have been spent on viewing properties that don’t fit into their criteria.
Goslett says that there are ways to keep tabs on the various properties that have been viewed in order to compare them and these include:
• Buyers should make notes on each and every property that is viewed. With today’s technology this can be done on an iPad, smartphone or the traditional pen and notebook. The pros and cons of each property should be logged, listing likes and dislikes and features, as it is easy to become confused as to which home offered which feature.
• Most cell phones will have a camera so document the homes that are viewed. Use your cell phone to take photos of the inside and outside of the property. This is particularly important when you find aspects of a home that are especially appealing.
• Only keep records of properties that you are really interested in.
• If there is anything you are unsure of, talk to the agent who showed you the property. They will have a record of the homes that they have showed you and will have a list of each property’s features. Agents will know their listings and will be able to provide guidance through the often complex process of finding the right house.
“Purchasing a home is an extremely exciting time for buyers, but it can also be rather stressful. Taking the stress out of the process by handling it in the correct way and adopting a calm and logical approach, will allow the buyer to fully enjoy the process and find the perfect home,” Goslett concludes.

  Comment on this Article

  Please login to post comments

Post to my facebook wall
Characters remaining

    Latest Property News
    • 22 Jun 2018
      The rental market in many Johannesburg suburbs has shown encouraging signs of revival this year but it remains a competitive market and landlords who best cater to their market’s needs will reap the healthiest returns.
    • 22 Jun 2018
      Home design is constantly evolving to reflect the changing needs of society. We look at some of the ways in which our use of space is changing.
    • 22 Jun 2018
      While estate agents can help the seller with correctly pricing the property and marketing a property to the right pool of potential buyers, at the end of the day it’s the impression that the property will make on buyers that counts the most.
    • 21 Jun 2018
      Anyone who’s ever been involved in a building project that’s gone wrong will appreciate the importance of adequate insurance cover in the construction industry.
    • 21 Jun 2018
      A recent news story about a blind tenant caught in a legal battle with his body corporate over letters and notices he was unable to read and consequently comply with has raised the question: what are the legal obligations for landlords with disabled tenants?
    • 21 Jun 2018
      A trend that’s taken the world by storm in recent years is that of hygge (pronounced: hue-guh), a Danish concept that is about creating intimacy, connecting with loved ones and taking pleasure in small, ordinary things.
    • 20 Jun 2018
      Buying or selling real estate isn’t as easy as it is portrayed sometimes, especially if there is a death of a party during the transaction which can make it awkward, tricky and inconvenient.
    • 20 Jun 2018
      With interest rates remaining at historic lows and banks continuing to compete for mortgage finance business, first-time buyers with funds at their disposal are currently well-placed to gain that initial foothold on the property ladder, particularly in the light of the slightly lower growth rates currently experienced in residential property values.
    Subscribe to the MyProperty Newsletter

    Last Name  
    Email Address  
    Email Frequency
    Share this Page

    For Sale Property
    Rental Property
    More Options
    Connect with us