Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Make Note of This Checklist to Find a Home

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Make Note of This Checklist to Find a Home

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FINDING houses to buy or rent is easy. Finding the perfect house to buy or rent that suits the specific wants and needs of everyone who'll live in it, that's the real challenge.

But there are a number of ways to ensure that your house-hunting journey ends with a property that everyone can be happy with.

Communication & compromise

It seems simple, but if no one is willing to budge on certain details of their dream home, you'll still be searching for a place to live when the rest of us are driving electric cars and having robots do our gardening.

Kristen Hatt from buyer advocates Woledge Hatt says that all too often couples, families and renters treaded water while trying to find the perfect property because they wouldn't give any ground.

"They're both looking for different things and often what they're looking for and what they need they haven't even considered," Hatt says.

"It's just through communication that you work out where the most important things are. We had a house we bought last year and the husband was so specific on the address in terms of proximity to the station and things that he didn't really care whether the house was falling down around him.

"In the end we actually found something that worked for both in an area they hadn't really considered."

Get the inside word

Register with local agents who can give you an instant heads up when a suitable property crosses their desk.

Nelson Alexander real estate agent James Pilliner says receiving a tip-off from a local agent was a huge advantage.

"They can tell you about things that trade off-market, which is probably roughly 10% of the sales. If you're not registered with an agent you never have any clue about that," he says.

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