Whether you’re new to the property game or have a few under your belt, there’s a lot to learn and know about buying property.
Thankfully, in today’s cyber world there’s an infinite amount of information at your fingertips, you just need to know where to look. We’ve scoured the internet to find the best of the best when it comes to educating yourself on all things property.
At the turn of the century blogs were a little known concept where people would diarise their lives. Now, bloggers have become a new media type unto themselves and they’re literally an information goldmine covering topics as niche as stamp collecting and as popular as property.
Most businesses and websites now have their own blogs, used to share their expertise, engage with potential and current customers and attract new business. Here’s a list of great blogs packed with useful and interesting information to help you on your property journey:
Many businesses offer free of charge downloadable ‘guides’ that provide a whole host of information on different topics that can be printed and kept to help you through the buying, selling and loan processes.
You can also download guides that give information on the property market and different areas, such as Domain’s property guides and RP Data’s Suburb Profiles which can give great insight into areas you’re interested in.
If you’re new to the property game checklists can be a useful reminder of things you should consider and remember when buying and selling property. Government agencies are great starting point. Housing NSW has a useful Home Buyer’s Checklist that outlines things first time buyers might not consider when inspecting properties, while Victoria’s Consumer Affairs agency has a Buying Property Checklist that maps out key steps in the buying process.
You’d be hard pressed to find a business without a social media presence. By following or liking these accounts, you can get bite sized information delivered directly into your news feeds without having to lift a finger.
Domain – @domaincomau
Property Observer – @propertyobs
RP Data – @rpdata
Aussie – @aussie
The boring (but important) bits
Depending on whether you’re buying your first home, investing in property or selling, there are some rules, regulations and legalities that can help or hinder the process.
Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading government websites are a great place to start looking for information, particularly for investors.
If you’re a first time buyer, visit the First Home Owner Grant website, select your state or territory and find out what you might be eligible for.
While it’s great to self-educate, it’s also important to seek professional advice before making what will be one of the biggest financial decisions or purchases of your life. There’s a lot of value to be had from meeting face-to-face with different experts who can give you information and answer your questions, including financial advisers, mortgage brokers, tax accountants, buyer’s agents and if you’re renovating or constructing, builders, architects and interior designers. Some experts, like mortgage brokers, don’t even charge you for their services so what are you waiting for?
Have you found any great sources of property information? Let us know in the comments below.
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