With interest rates remaining low and steady and house prices affordable, more buyers are looking to either get into the property market, upgrade or invest.
However, before you take the plunge, you should be diligent, do your homework, and be a savvy property searcher.
The internet has certainly changed the way we search for properties. It is an invaluable resource to efficiently find properties and gain detailed information. Real estate websites allow you to call up properties for sale in specific price ranges and locations, zoom-in on floor plans and maps and much more...all with just a few clicks of a mouse!
Google's Street View is also regularly used to virtually venture up and down streets of interest, viewing properties from different angles.
Given all this, the internet is still no replacement for physically inspecting a property, the surrounding area, and the suburb. The internet is a limited experience, and some visuals and information can a year or more old!
Seeing a house for yourself can tell you all sorts of things the internet can't. By inspecting the property and its immediate surrounding area you gain an understanding of its vibe, the quality of shopping and dining, neighbours, infrastructure (current and upcoming), the people who live there, and the best and worst streets. None of this can be fully appreciated from the internet.
Also, be wary of relying on data gained from the internet - it is possibly out-of-date or even inaccurate!
Speaking to a highly experienced real estate agent in the area and gaining accurate and current information is highly important before making property decisions. In addition you can give the agent your specific property requirements that should then be utilised to inform you about relevant properties as they hit the market.