Buy a home you can love.
When you go shopping for a new home, it’s important to buy one that’s loveable as well as good value for money.
days we find that many homebuyers are more focused on the investment
potential of a property than on whether it meets the needs of their
family,” says Harcourts Africa CEO Richard Gray, “but there needs to be a
“No matter how great the growth potential, if your
home does not appeal to you and feel comfortable, it is very unlikely
you will live there long enough for that growth to materialise and give
you a good return on your ‘investment’.
suggest buyers do some careful thinking about what sort of home and
lifestyle they want before they venture into the market.”
addition to their budget, he says, buyers should think about what type
of area they would prefer and also whether they would like to be close
to certain schools, shops, workplaces and public transport.
should also consider what size home they will need and whether they
want a new home or are content to do some work on an older one that
perhaps offers more space or a garden, especially if this would give
them the opportunity to get into a better area in terms of growth
“And they should list features on which they are
prepared to compromise, such as a separate dining room, for example, and
those which they feel are essential in terms of their lifestyle, such
as a top quality kitchen, for example, or a great entertainment area.”
fact, says Gray, potential buyers should try to be as precise and
economical as possible about what they are looking for, and keep their
list handy when they ask estate agents to show them suitable properties,
search online property listings or visit any homes on show.
every home purchase is a compromise to some degree, the more clearly
you can envisage the home you want, and the more details you can supply
to those helping you in your search, the more likely you are to quickly
find one that is the closest possible match to both your personal and
your financial requirements.”