Aussie buyers know what they are looking for in a property (think practicality, quality finishes and solar panels) yet half are failing to complete due diligence, a new GlobalX survey has found.
When buying real estate, due diligence is the process of properly evaluating a property before purchasing, a process Aussie buyers are skipping. Most buyers are aware of building and pest inspections and action these but important questions such as “has the creek down the street flooded?” or “does the area have a high crime rate?” are not being asked.
Findings from the survey of Australian conveyancing and legal professionals found that:
GlobalX CEO Peter Maloney explained: “Thorough due diligence should absolutely include research into things that are likely to impact liveability and resale value, including area development applications, government infrastructure plans like roads and public transport, and flight paths”.
Although aspects of due diligence are being overlooked by buyers, more material, structural features are definitely more front-of-mind when purchasing a property. Listed below are the 8 things Aussie buyers are seeking in a property in 2020.
The modern buyer is looking for a home with more than one living space, yet a seamless flow. If you have children, one open-plan living space can often feel crowded and can be quickly outgrown.
A home that feels open and allows for plenty of natural light to flow through is a drawcard for buyers.
Buyers are often happy to make small changes after purchasing (if not doing a complete renovation) but the idea of replacing cheaper finishes can be off-putting. Choosing quality finishes such as tapware, or a well-executed paint job can make all the difference.
If necessary, making small adjustments to update a home before selling is advised. Over-renovating a property to suit your style – not so much. There’s a fine line between making your home more appealing and taking renovations too far when selling.
Buyers want to be able to look at a home as a blank canvas for their own personalisation. Statement tiles, benchtops and lighting can all be added after purchasing a home. If a home is not practical, structural changes by renovation may be considered.
Over the past 10 years, swimming pools have become more desirable based on the busy lifestyle of Aussies. A pool allows a family to enjoy summer outdoor living at the convenience of home without having to make an excursion to the beach. This isn’t an advisory to install a pool if you’re thinking of selling. A pool can provide many years of enjoyment for a family. The longer you keep a property, the more likely the cost of a pool can be fully recuperated.
People want undercover parking. Fair call.
As Australians become more environmentally conscious, owning a house with solar panels is becoming more desirable. Reduced power bills + increased sustainable living = win.
Although you may find the perfect house for you, don’t overlook things that could pose issues in the long-run. Discussing the below 10 topics compiled by GlobalX and the Real Estate Institute of Australia with your conveyancer or legal representative is recommended when in the process of purchasing a property.
Article extrapolated from:
Kirsten, C. (2020). ‘Major risk Australian first-home buyers are taking: doing their due diligence’, realestate.com.au, February 11. Available at: https://www.realestate.com.au/news/major-risk-australian-firsthome-buyers-are-taking-doing-their-due-diligence/
Skelly, K. (2019). ‘8 home features Aussie buyers want right now’, realestate.com.au. September 2. Available at: https://www.realestate.com.au/lifestyle/8-home-features-aussie-buyers-want-right-now/