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Expat flies in for once in a lifetime purchase

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Expat flies in for once in a lifetime purchase on Dee Why beach

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Finding your perfect home is time-consuming and tricky, particularly if you are new to an area or are simply too busy to look. Our buying agents work with you to make the process as simple as possible.

Phase 1: Consultation

After an initial discussion we meet with all of our prospective clients at their homes or at a convenient location to fully discuss our service and to talk through individual needs.

Our detailed consultation means we can begin your property search armed with as much information as possible to minimise the path to purchase.

Phase 2: The search begins

This is where you let us do what we do best — sourcing properties that precisely meet your requirements. We continue previewing and accompanying you to suitable properties until you have found ‘the one’.

Phase 3: Negotiations

So, we have found ‘the one’. What next? It is now our job to negotiate the best possible price and terms for you. We are experts in doing this not just through years of experience but also because our business-to-business relationship with Estate Agents allows us more insight. It is a matter of pride to make our service self-funding through tough negotiation.

At this stage we can recommend tried and tested Solicitors, Strata inspectors and Building and pest Inspectors.

Phase 4: Through the purchase

We work for and with our clients right up to handing over the keys.

Call us now 02 9033 8616

Where we work

As your buyers agent we cover a 20km radius of the Sydney CBD

What price ranges?

We mainly work with clients above the $500k level but for investment properties do work at levels below that.

How we differ from other Buying Agents

Your personal Buyers agent should be living and breathing your search and sales progression 24/7.

Our contract is for 12 months. Many in the industry will have 3- 6 month contracts meaning that work will cease at that point. Our fees are transparent and extremely competitive.

Our reputation is important and every one of our clients receives the highest possible service levels, whatever their budget.

8 Tips to add value and increase equity

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1-Can you easily add another bedroom, bathroom or car space? Bank valuers and prospective purchasers use these features as value / buying criteria. This is my top recommendation 
2- Paint. A fresh coat in a neutral colour will brighten, freshen and modernise 
3- Floors. Same concept as painting 
4- Gardens. Adding greenery will soften up the feeling of an outdoor space adding appeal  
5- Screening. Privacy is a box that many people will need to tick when looking to purchase. A bamboo hedge can make or break a sale on a busy road or next to a block of units 
6- Light fittings, tap fittings, handles, blinds etc. These may be replaced by almost anyone who owns a screwdriver and is a very cheap and effective way of updating 
7- Property styling. Whilst this does not physically change the property itself and may not effect a bank val, it will most of the time drastically improve the buyers 'perceived value' by creating a great modern and fresh feel throughout the home 
8- Add a granny flat and increase the rental capacity. Granny Flat packs start from as low as $30,000 to buy and require council approval and the services of a builder or licensed carpenter to erect within a week or two. Fully finished, the costs are likely to be in the range of $50,000 to $100,000 depending on the size and style chosen but can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars being added to a property depending on the location. The addition of a granny flat can be the one thing that sets your property out against the rest and will result in a more saleable product that sells quicker than other conventional properties on the market.
I expect more steady growth to continue in the new year and into 2017.  
Any questions or need help then please call us 02 9033 8616


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Skeen Property recently secured a home in Rosebery prior to auction for a young family, and we thought we’d catch up with the new owner, Tom Etherington, to get his feedback on using Rob and Laura from Skeen Property for the search.

How long had you spent looking for a home before engaging Skeen Property?
It was the best part of two years. We kept changing our minds on what we wanted as we’d been renting a house in Clovelly but couldn’t afford to buy there. Well, maybe a shoebox. We thought about continuing to rent and buying an investment property, but at the end of the day, we wanted a family home.

Why did you engage a buyer’s agent?
Lots of reasons. I liked the idea that buyer’s agents get to hear about off-market opportunities and know how to get the real story from a real estate agent and are aware of all their tricks. Rob and Laura also had a really good idea of what the properties we looked at were really worth.

Where did you think we could help you the most?
Well, the main reason we engaged Skeen Property was because we missed out on a great house a couple of months before we bought. In that case a buyer’s agent used clever tactics to secure the home for their client, and we just weren’t prepared.

Did you have any reservations about using a buyer’s agent?
Not really. I was pretty sure that Rob and Laura would be better than me at every single stage of the process – from searching for homes to bidding at auction. I knew I’d save a lot of stress and money along the way.

How did you eventually find your home?
We looked at a few off-market houses that weren’t quite right. We were overseas for a while, and Laura visited one property and sent us pictures and a report on the place so we could make a judgement without having seen it. In the end, our house was already on the market, and all set to go to auction.

But it didn’t go to auction.
No, thankfully. Laura and Rob came up with a strategic plan to secure the property before auction at a price I was really happy with. The owner accepted our offer three days before the auction day. There was at least one other very interested party, but they just weren’t prepared for our tactical move. A similar thing had happened to us so I felt a bit bad for them!

How to get the most from your buyer’s agent

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So, you’ve decided to employ a buyer’s agent. Maybe you’re tearing your hair out after a long and fruitless search, keep missing out auctions, or perhaps you simply don’t have the time to look for yourself. Whatever the reason, there are a few things you should know to get the most out of the relationship with your buyer’s agent and achieve your property goals.

Your dream home is out there, and together we’ll find it.

First up, your initial consultation is your chance to lay it all on the table. Don’t be shy. Let us know exactly what your priorities are, what you’re prepared to compromise on, and what are your absolute deal breakers.

Make sure you ask lots of questions at this point. For you to get maximum benefit, it’s important for you to understand the entire property search process, the current state of the market, and how your buyer’s agent will negotiate on your behalf. Learn as much as you can so you’re ready to make informed decisions when the time is right.

It’s search time. At this stage, it’s important to be completely honest. You aren’t going to hurt your buyer’s agent’s feelings if you don’t fall in love with the first property they show you. Be upfront and let us know exactly what you love and what you hate so we can start building a picture of your dream home.

None of the properties you’ve been shown fit the bill? Try not to stress because you’ve hired a professional property buyer for a reason – rest assured we are exploring every avenue, street, cul-de-sac and laneway to find a property that fits within your criteria.

When you find the perfect home, let your buyer’s agent do the talking, negotiating and any bidding at auction. We are experienced negotiators and nobody is better placed to secure your dream home for the best possible price. Our experience and knowledge is invaluable at this crucial stage and we will guide you through the entire process efficiently and professionally.

In addition to negotiating on your behalf, we also have access to a trusted team of solicitors, mortgage brokers and strata and building inspectors. You can benefit greatly from allowing us to bring in these professionals to form your home buying team. They all have an established track record of completing the purchase process with the minimum of stress and expense.

Once you finally secure your perfect property, don’t end the relationship with your buyer’s agent. If you purchased an investment property, we can offer assistance with the management and leasing of that property. If you purchased a home, you might not need our services immediately, but may wish to invest in the future.

Just remember, a buyer’s agent is an invaluable asset whenever you need property investment assistance or advice.

• To find out more about working with a buyer’s agent contact Skeen Property on 02 9033 8616 or

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