When there is a shortage in the housing market, using a property purchase consultant can be an interesting option. As you are probably aware, prices are rising and homes are often sold before they are even listed on the Funda property side. How do you buy a house at times like this and how can a property purchase consultant assist you? We’ll tell you all about it in this article!
What is a property purchase consultant?
We all know the property sales consultant. The guy at the real estate agent who assists you when selling your house. A property purchase consultant does the opposite. He or she represents your interests when you buy a home. This consultant has a lot of knowledge and experience with buying houses, expertise you can capitalise on. If you want to know why you really can’t do without a property purchase consultant, you should read on.
There are plenty of reasons we can think of as to why you should appoint a property purchase consultant. We will briefly explain the main four reasons below:
1. The property consultant has an insight into the market
Nowadays, you can easily search for houses yourself on the Funda property site. Still, a property consultant has access to a much wider pool of information about the housing market. Houses normally only appear on Funda after a week or so. Chances are that the property has already been sold or that other interesting properties have already been snapped up. A property purchase consultant often already knows beforehand of properties that will come onto the market and inform you about this.
2. The property purchase consultant negotiates
Negotiating and selling is a profession in its own right. If you lack commercial affinity, appointing a property purchase consultant is a wise decision. One important aspect in your negotiations is that you know what price for a home would be reasonable. In addition, the property consultant has access to information telling him what prices of other, similar houses went for!
3. Do not buy a house with defects
We all know that a property consultant is not a structural engineer. Still, we can state with certainty (unless you are a structural engineer) that he can properly assess the condition of a house. Whilst viewing, he will focus on other aspects of the house, whereas you will most likely be looking at the potential of a house. However, we do always advise you to have a structural report drawn up of an existing house, in order to avoid nasty surprises afterwards!
4. Reading the small print
Unfortunately, purchase contracts contain small print. Annoying, especially if reading purchase contracts is not your cup of tea. A property purchase consultant will read the contract on your behalf and ensure that everything is correct. This way, you can rest assured that you are signing a sound contract!
If after reading this article, you consider appointing a property purchase consultant or if you still have questions, please refer to our page about the property purchase consultant or give us a call. We like to think along with you.