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Buying in an Unfamiliar Area

When you're buying in an unfamiliar area, like Terry and Kay in Ep 3, there are a number of pitfalls you need to be wary of.

There is often a fantasy about what you can afford from a distance, to the reality once you get there. We rarely come across people who can afford what they want. 

Here are some top tips from Veronica & Bryce if you're buying in an unfamiliar area.

1) Don't Rush

 Take the time to really get to know the area you're moving to. 

2) Look at Open Houses 

Make sure you actually get out there and look at as many open houses as possible. You can then get a sense for which streets are considered busy, for example, and which ones aren't.

You can't really do that research on the internet; they'll only show you the best photos and the best angles of the house. So, it's not until you walk through and see the properties in the flesh that you can decide if that works, but you also get a bit of insight into the neighbourhood ie. where is the good part or bad part of the street.

3) Chat to locals 

If you're kids are already at school, take advantage of that. Go to school drop-offs and pick-up and chat to the local mums and dads, and talk to them about the properties that you're looking at. IThey'll all have opinions and you'll get a real sense for them at which properties have got real problems, and which ones don't.


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