First Time Buyers Rebel Against Rising Costs

Buying a home is expensive, and it is easy to see why a first time buyer struggle to step on to the property ladder. However, while buying a home is costly, many first-time buyers believe they spent too much money on purchasing a house.

A study undertaken by Comparethemarket, speaking with more than 2,000 property owners, states that around 50% of first-time buyers made expensive mistakes when buying their house. Respondents believed that they spent too much money on conveyancing, removal firms and mortgage brokers.

Broker services come under fire in study on first time buyer market

The study says 31% of respondents are looking to lower the costs of the mortgage broker service when they next buy a home. 25% of respondents said they would try to reduce removal costs when they next move house and 20% of respondents are keen to lower conveyancing costs.

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13% of people questioned are eager to lower survey costs, and 5% are looking to find better value for money estate agents. However, there is a caveat that as first time buyers don’t have a property to sell, their dealings with agents may be limited.

In follow-up questions in the survey, 15% said they wish they had haggled on the property price and 10% believe they made an error in using their entire savings to pay for the deposit. Using your savings in this manner makes it impossible to leave money aside for emergencies or carry out improvements around the home. 8% of respondents said they wish they had found a better mortgage broker and 6% wish they had a more detailed survey carried out of their home.

Many buyers automatically turned to their bank

One intriguing element comes with the fact around a quarter of first time buyers turned to their bank for a mortgage rather than comparing the market. Of course, this is likely to be a key element the company behind the survey was looking to find, so this may be skewed, but buyers are advised to shop around and find the best deal. 19% of respondents stated an opinion that mortgage brokers provide no value when buying a property.

Mark Goldson of Comparethemarket, said; “People with no prior experience in purchasing a property may not be aware which services and products offered to them on the home buying journey are mandatory and which are discretionary and, importantly, whether they are good value or uncompetitive. The whole buying procedure can be intimidating, particularly for those going through the process for the first time.  Fears around hidden fees and dealing with estate agents, lawyers, surveyors and mortgage companies are legitimate and strong enough to put off people from trying to make a purchase.”

There is no denying that buying a house is expensive, but many first-time buyers are unsure of how to best spend their money. There is a great deal to be said for slowing down when you buy your first home and taking in as much guidance as possible.

Whatever move you are keen to make in the property market, it is best to call on the experts for help. As a first time buyer, if you need guidance or assistance, contact Williams of Petersfield, and we will be more than happy to assist you.

Tips To Get The Best Price For Your Home

If you are going to sell your home, you may as well get the best price for it. The higher the price you sell your home for, the more options you will have with your next move. Also, when you sell your home for a great price, you can take a sense of pride and achievement from your efforts. If you like to get one over your neighbours, what better way to leave for a new home than by selling your former home for an excellent price?

At Williams of Petersfield, we are here to help you get the best price for your home, regardless of what motivates you. We are pleased to say we have helped many homeowners achieve a fantastic price for their home and we look to help you.

Make sure you value your home appropriately

An essential starting point when selling your home is to have it evaluated. If you don’t have a valuation for your home, you run the risk of making a grave error in pricing your property.

If the price of your home is too low, you will generate interest, but you will lose out on some money. If the cost of your home is too high, you may not create any interest at all in your home. Also, some vendors have found that starting high while planning to reduce the price if you don’t generate interest is not a sensible strategy.

Buyers are savvy, and a falling house price doesn’t necessarily say the house is a bargain to them, it indicates the house has a problem. This price reduction may not entice many buyers, and this means you may struggle to sell your home even with a lower price tag.

Therefore, vendors must price their home accordingly, and a proper valuation is the starting point. Hiring a professional to review your home and provide you with an analysis of its merits and worth, you have information that can be used to make an informed decision.

Know all the factors that influence what buyers are willing to pay for a home

However, the price you should charge for your home isn’t solely about the value. Other factors influence what buyers are willing to pay for your home. The overall level of demand for homes in your area and the number of homes on the market shape buyer behaviour. It doesn’t matter if your home is in excellent condition, market conditions and forces may reduce the price you can set when selling your home.

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While there are many steps involved with selling your home, including offering a clean and decluttered home, it is hard to argue against the importance of the fee you set for a home. Buyers have search parameters when they view houses online, and if your home isn’t within these search terms, buyers will not find your home.

At Williams of Petersfield, we know the local market. This knowledge ensures we can help you set the right price for your home. We will also help you to reach out to buyers effectively, so if you want to sell your home, contact the Petersfield experts.

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