Some people manage to buy the first house they look at while others will have looked at hundreds before making that leap. Often an emotional experience, doing your homework and being as prepared as possible will give you the edge over other purchasers. Getting loan pre approvals, gaining a market knowledge of the area you are hoping to purchase, including previous sales and current available properties will help to minimise confusion and uncertainty and allow you to ‘strike while the iron is hot’ once you have found your dream home. A friendly builder is an advantage and most good sales consultants can recommend building inspection companies who specialise in pre purchase inspections. In the age of auction properties it is also advisable to have a working relationship with a conveyance solicitor who can check titles, leases, auction documents and LIM reports for you prior to bidding on an auction property. For any advice or recommend practitioners in the fields above please feel free to contact me.