We all know buying property can be tough, and those that have been through it before can always recommend what (or what not) to do.
Last month we ran a competition, asking for your top tips on what to look out for when buying a home.
We had lots of entries, from all over the country, and our winning tips have now been chosen.
Chris Bills from SA recommends you always have your finance ready before shopping around. And we agree! Ensuring you have your loan amount pre-approved before you find your dream home means you can bid with confidence and act quickly if it feels right.
We also think Kylie Wallace in Victoria has a sensible approach when going to auction, believing what's meant to be, will be. She says, always stick to your dollar limit, particularly as there's nothing that can change the reserve price or interest in the property from other bidders.
And like most people who don't want to be caught out, Sharon Davey from WA suggests you speak to your local council about possible changes to your area before you make an offer. The last thing you need when you move to your new home is zoning changes, major building and infrastructure works, or restrictions to parking.
Congratulations to Chris, Kylie and Sharon, who have all won $200 for their top tips.
We love these wise words and encourage you to keep in touch with advice from your own property buying experiences.
Remember, as your local Loan Market broker I'm always on hand to answer any of your queries or concerns and to make sure buying your new home is as easy and stress free as possible.