Our Services

SELLING

Step 1. Choosing a sales consultant
When it comes to selling your home, one of your most valuable assets, it makes sense to take the time to choose a qualified and knowledgeable sales consultant who has the right tools and strategies at their disposal. When speaking with a sales consultant don’t be afraid to ask questions to make sure you trust your consultant and to make sure you’re confident they have the experience to sell your home quickly and for the best price.
Some of the important things to consider are:

  • Is your salesperson qualified?
  • Is your sales-person experienced?
  • Is your salesperson focused on you?
  • Is you salesperson able to achieve the right result?

QUESTIONS TO ASK THE SALES AGENT

Here are 10 questions to get you started:

  • Why are they selling the property?
  • Have the owners done any renovations recently?
  • Can you please provide a list of comparable sales from the last 3 months?
  • How much are the council rates?
  • Are there any restrictions on the property?
  • Are they aware of any planned zoning changes?
  • How long has the property been on the market?
  • Have they received any offers and if so, how much?
  • Are the vendors willing to negotiate?
  • Are they open to pre-auction offers?

Step 2. Preparing your home for sale

When preparing your home for sale, what are some of the top tips for attracting more potential buyers and higher offers?

  • De-clutter. The first tip is the simplest. It’s obviously a must to clean and tidy your home before an inspection, but it’s crucial to also get rid of clutter that could stand in the way of a potential buyer picturing themselves within the home.
  • Repair. Make any aesthetic repairs well before inspection. Things as small as a chip in paint in an interior wall could detract from the overall feel for the home, so get these things up-to-date before your open home.
  • Style. Once clutter free, consider using a home stylist or home staging service. The results can be dramatic.
  • Photograph. Before even getting to your first home inspection, consider using a professional photographer to take quality, well-lit pictures of your home. After going to the trouble of updating, de-cluttering and staging your property, the last thing you want to do is turn people away before they’ve even inspected your home.

Step 3. Pricing your home for sale

The most difficult task for most sellers is determining the value of their home. Many different elements can combine to create unrealistic expectations. The best method is to study the current real estate market facts and figures. Your Walter Anderson sales consultant will show you comparisons of other similar homes in your area – those which have sold, those which have yet to sell and those which will represent your competition. Quite simply, the current property market determines the value of your home.

Step 4. Accepting an offer

the marketing process with your sales consultant, the next step may be to consider an offer from a potential buyer. At Walter Anderson our commitment to you is to bring you each offer formally in writing. We will do this by providing interested buyers with a contract, and will give both you and the potential buyer the opportunity to add conditions when negotiating the sale of your property.

Common conditions of sale are – subject to:

  • Finance
  • A builder’s report
  • Sale of another property
  • Solicitor’s approval of the contract
  • Specialist inspection or approval

Once an offer has been accepted and all parties have signed the contract, the purchaser will be asked to pay a deposit. This usually equates to 10% of the purchase price.

Step 5. Completing the sale

Settlement generally takes place between you and the purchaser and your legal/financial representatives. As the seller, you would have set the settlement date within the contract of sale. Settlement usually occurs 30-90 days after the contract has been signed, depending on what has been agreed upon. Possession of the property usually takes place on the settlement day although you and the buyer can agree for these dates to be different.

BUYING

UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF BUYING A HOUSE

When you buy a home, you are buying much more than four walls and a roof over your head.  You are buying a lifestyle for you or your family.

Given the significance of this decision, it is often an emotionally charged process with hundreds of questions, both big and small.

Having helped thousands of people buy properties, we wanted to share our insights, to walk you through how to buy a house or a unit.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO BUYING A HOUSE?

STEP 1  |  TALK TO YOUR Walter anderson consultant

Your Walter Anderson Consultant lives and breathes real estate in the area. They can share insights into the local market conditions and current buyer activity and are aware of properties that are on, off and coming onto the market.

STEP 2  |  WHERE TO FIND PROPERTY MARKET DATA

Websites such as CoreLogic and Australian Property Monitors can provide you with comprehensive facts and figures on the property market. These reports explain supply and demand in specific neighbourhoods and can help you better understand areas that are primed for growth.

STEP 3  |  FIND RECENT SALES DATA

Talk to your Walter Anderson Consultant. Additionally, real estate portals provide a comprehensive list of homes for sale and historical sales data. They also have powerful search tools that enable you to sift through the entire market from the comfort of your lounge.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT LOCATION WHEN BUYING REAL ESTATE?

Location is a home buyer’s most important consideration. You can always renovate or improve a home, but you cannot change its location. The location also directly influences the capital growth of the property. If you buy in an area primed for growth it can help build your personal wealth faster.

But what actually makes a great location? In essence, a great location is one that allows you to live the lifestyle you want for you and your family. It is the mix of physical location, the character of the suburb and its proximity to desirable amenities.

RENTING

UNDERSTANDING THE RENTAL PROCESS

With steadily rising property prices, renting is becoming increasingly popular due to greater flexibility and the lesser financial commitment.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RENTING A HOME?

There is good reason for this trend.

There is the issue of skyrocketing house prices and buyer affordability. Also, not everyone wants to own a property, take on the pressure of a mortgage or to be locked into living in the same property in the same neighbourhood. They want the flexibility and lifestyle benefits that can come with renting.

Renting offers a number of key benefits:

  • Easier to make changes if you are not locked into a home loan
  • Better financial stability – you clearly know your monthly expenses and can plan for them
  • No maintenance or repair costs – the owner of the property is typically responsible
  • Affordability – renting enables people to enjoy a lifestyle in an area they may not be able to afford to buy in
  • Flexibility to move – if you don’t like the neighbourhood or if you want a different lifestyle, you can easily move once your lease expires
  • Ability to diversify your investments rather than putting all your savings into paying your home loan
  • No market risk – as you don’t own the property, the impact of property market fluctuations will not impact your long-term finances
  • Access to amenities – many apartment/unit rental properties offer additional amenities like pools and gyms
  • Save for a home deposit

HOW TO FIND A RENTAL PROPERTY

TALK TO YOUR LOCAL WALTER ANDERSON PROPERTY MANAGER

Your local Walter Anderson Property Manager is a great source of information.  Not only can they help find you a property from their portfolio, they have a wealth of knowledge about the area that is invaluable when renting.  They can share insights into average rental rates, demand for the area and the lifestyle benefits of living there