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House-hunting expenses and how to minimise them (part 2)

by Chris Lang on December 14, 2012
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Expense: Property reports. There are many reports available: recent house sale prices per area, house history, information about suburbs, etc. Once you’ve decided on a house, you may want to check how many times it was sold in the past, when and for how much.

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House-hunting expenses and how to minimise them (part 1)

by Chris Lang on December 12, 2012
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Not too long ago we have discussed various real-estate related expenses (be that renter’s, home buyer’s or home owner’s). There is one more set of expenses left to cover: the house-hunting expenses.

Home-buying is (usually) a long, nerve-racking process that on average takes about 6 months: 4 months of searching and, assuming you’ve found your dream home and your offer was accepted, another 2 months before the settlement occurs. During the months when you’re actively searching for a house, there are inevitable expenses that will eat away at your budget.

Here they are:

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Location, location, location!

by Chris Lang on March 2, 2012
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The most famous expression of realtors is “Location, location, location!”. This really is one of the most important things you consider when buying or renting a house. A conveniently located older house can cost much more than a new one in a different neighbourhood. To make it easier for us, the biggest real-estate internet websites […]

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Homeiown.com has a new look!

by Chris Lang on December 1, 2011
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To everyone who’s been wondering what on Earth has happened to Home I Own – it’s gone through a complete makeover. We reckoned it was about time this popular, unique, independent real estate blog became faster, easier to navigate, more intuitive – and much nicer to look at. A lot of work has been put […]

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Starting a new life in Australia, part 3

by Chris Lang on February 18, 2009
Starting a new life in Australia, part 3

The levels of excitement were kind of hard to describe for a number of reasons.

First, the insecurity faded away. They have hired me and that means that my qualifications and experience count in this country. Having a job also meant feeling relieved money-wise; it meant that we stop eating away our savings and start living on the money we earn. And another reason to be happy was that I found that job before Christmas – people are taking it easy during the festive season and the moth after, many go away on holidays, so if I wasn’t lucky to get hired before Christmas, I could have spent another 2 months looking for a job. My partner also found a job, 4 days before Christmas and felt even luckier than I did 🙂

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Starting a new life in Australia, part 2

by Chris Lang on February 14, 2009
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I didn’t have a chance to tell you about renting my first house here.

Here is what happened: being an Internet junky and spending a lot of time searching for vacant rentals online I expected to find the suitable house that way, but as I said, life is full of surprises. All the properties I rang to ask about were already taken or not willing to accept pets (and I was about to get my dog released from quarantine), so the search had to go on.

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Starting a new life in Australia, part 1

by Chris Lang on February 11, 2009
Starting a new life in Australia, part 1

Before you say anything, let me explain: yes, this is a blog about real estate in Australia, and most of the articles here are talking about buying, renting or building a home. But it is also my blog and if you’re reading it, it means that you’re interested in my view of things.

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How to productively inspect many properties in one day

by Chris Lang on January 2, 2009
How to productively inspect many properties in one day

We all are busy and house-hinting makes our lives even busier. To speed up the house-buying process we have no choice but to inspect several properties in one day. Having done that more than once, I can tell you with confidence: without a schedule you will miss half of the inspections and without making notes you won’t remember anything.

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Making an offer? Play it right.

by Chris Lang on December 29, 2008
Making an offer? Play it right.

One typical mistake of the first home buyers is to show too much interest in the property. Let me explain: when you’re inspecting the property, the real estate agent is inspecting you, looking at the way this house makes you feel, are you in love with it yet, are you imagining your family living there happily ever after. If he sees any signs of such weakness, your position in negotiating the price of the property will be worse, before you’ve even opened you mouth and said anything.

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How to buy a house – Part 2

by Chris Lang on September 26, 2008
How to buy a house - Part 2

In the part one of “How to buy a house” series I covered the first three stages of the process: sniffing around, how to determine your budget and where would you like to live. So coming to the stage four you would have a list of candidate suburbs, one of which should ideally become your home.

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Renting in Australia – Part 2

by Chris Lang on April 1, 2007
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After we have transportation sorted out, where do we go to look for houses? There are a few options. Newspapers have sections for rental ads, real estate agencies have rental property lists and, of course, Internet has it all

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