Buying Tips

When it comes to buying a property, ask yourself: What do you need? What can you afford? What is available? These questions need to be answered in order for you to make the right choice. The experience should be one of excitement, gratification and pride, whether it is your first home, your next home or an investment property.

1. Location
This is where you need a valued, honest and reliable real estate agent to assist you in making the right choice for your preferred lifestyle. You may be considering a range of suburbs. Ask yourself: Do I want to live close to a school? Or walking distance to the train station? Or do I prefer a waterfront Raby Bay lifestyle? Be mindful that within each suburb, there are small pockets with their own uniqueness. All Redlands Realty staff reside in the area and will by happy to discuss and advise you of location.

2. Understanding your affordability
For any financial requirements you might have, we are pleased to introduce Karen Le Comte from Smartline, the 2010 "Mortgage Broker of the Year". Smartline specialises in residential, leasing and commercial loans and is able to assist first home buyers, and new and seasoned investors. With a professional office in Cleveland, Karen is able to assist clients anywhere in Australia and overseas. To arrange a loan consultation, contact Karen Le Comte on 07 3821 2539 or 0430 049 393. Email: 

3. Knowing what you want
Consider such aspects as household numbers, proximity to local amenities, including schools, the type of work and leisure activities you like, and the length of time you expect to reside in the home. The home you buy should reflect the lifestyle you are planning for the future.

4. Being aware of availability
Modern real estate is at your fingertips. Newspapers, property publications, real estate offices and the Internet are all good places to begin your search. The Redlands Realty web site features the very latest listings to the market. Each week we post a list of open homes for the coming weekend and you are invited to register on this site to receive automatic notification of properties that may suit your needs.

5. Knowing local values
The Redlands is a vast and diverse area. Different suburbs within it command different values. It is important to research property sales in the areas you are looking at. Our sales agents are always available for additional advice and to assist you in understanding local values.

6. Your ideal property
Upon finding a property that suits your requirements, a building inspection and an independent valuation are highly recommended.

7. Concluding a Sale
Once your offer has been written and negotiations are finalised, you will sign the contract of sale, and pay a negotiated deposit. Copies of the contract will be sent to your solicitor so it is a good idea to have your preferred solicitor’s details available. If you have not yet chosen a solicitor your helpful agent will be able to offer names of a number of local conveyance specialists.

8. Settlement Day
Congratulations! Financial transactions are completed and you will now have ownership of the property. Before settlement day, you may request a pre-settlement inspection of the property to ensure nothing has changed in its status since purchase and agreed chattels are in place. Once all settlement procedures have been finalised the keys will be given to you.

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Phone 07 3286 0888  Fax 07 3286 0886
Shop 35/135 Shore Street West, Cleveland, QLD, 4163
Shop 6/379 Main Road, Wellington Point, QLD, 4160

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