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Making an Offer

Tuesday, 26th March 2019

Categories: Tips for Buyers
Making an offer is tricky. You don’t want to go in too low and potentially lose the property but you’re also wary of over paying. The ideal position to adopt is one of detachment. If you can look at the property in purely financial terms you have a massive advantage although in reality emotions are bound to become involved. The best advice is to try and act rationally and keep emotion at bay until everything is agreed.

Peter Barry

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Choosing Between Surveys

Tuesday, 26th March 2019

Categories: Tips for Buyers
When a mortgage is required to purchase a property, the lender will have their own valuer visit to ensure that their loan is adequately secured. People often confuse this brief valuation report with a survey but they are very different propositions. Most mortgage valuations consist of a twenty-minute inspection and a report that, at best, will give you a few lines of general advice, whereas a survey will allow you to enter into the purchase with your eyes open.

Peter Barry

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Sealing the deal

Thursday, 17th October 2013

Categories: Tips for Buyers
When it comes to securing the house of your dreams, just how much over the asking price are you prepared to go? With houses flying off the shelves across much of the capital, the sealed bid is back with a vengeance and desperate house hunters need to dig deeper to secure their chosen property.

Kris White

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Rent While You Search

Tuesday, 30th April 2013

Categories: Tips for Buyers
With good properties in good areas still flying off the shelves, it always pays to be ahead of the game when it comes to making an offer. Regardless of whether you offer the asking price, canny vendors are all too aware of the other influencing factors these days. Some might have been stung in the past by wobbly chains that couldn’t take the strain and finally collapsed, or they simply want to know that the sale will progress as quickly as possible and are looking for the buyer in the best position to ensure this happens.

Justin Burns

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Things to Consider Before Making an Offer

Friday, 26th April 2013

Categories: Tips for Buyers
Whether you’re new to the area or you’ve lived a few roads away your whole life, it’s important that you investigate the local area before you consider putting in an offer on the property. Areas can vary greatly – even adjacent roads can have very different aspects – so you should walk around and really get to know the immediate area around your potential purchase. Is the house on a bus route? Are there nearby alleys or pathways that make a popular hangout for kids? Is the street lighting good? Is there a lot of litter? The list is endless and there will always be something that you don’t like but if your top gripes can be avoided, the property will start to become even more appealing.

Justin Burns

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