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Check that everything works before you buy First home buyers and more experienced buyers can often forget to check whether all the mechanical equipment on a property works before they buy it Buyers must remember that it is a term of every contract that the property, at settlement, will be in the same state and condition it was in immediately prior to the contract date. It makes sense therefore for the buyer to fully understand what is being purchased and to ask the real estate agent what items are not working. The REIWA Offer and Acceptance Form used by our members has a section for buyers and sellers to agree to any special conditions. This might include representations that the plumbing and wiring be in safe working order. If a door, shower screen or window is broken, these are also matters you can negotiate be fixed by the owner before you settle, however, the seller has no obligation to do this and may not agree to repairs. If you add a special condition, be aware that it may jeopardise acceptance of your offer.
The purpose of the presettlement inspection (not the final inspection), which takes place one week before settlement and not during the purchase transaction, is to check that the property is in the same condition as it was when last inspected by the buyer and not prior to the contract date.
familiar with the pool cleaning equipment and filter.
It is also to ensure that any special conditions have been satisfied.
Test all the power points with a phone charger or hair dryer in each of the rooms.
It is most important to remember that the purpose of a pre-settlement inspection is not to add new conditions or make requests of the seller for faults that existed at the time you made your offer. Therefore it’s important to check some of the more common things to inspect prior to entering into a contract might include: The hot water system; learn how it works and whether it may need repairs. If it’s a solar hot water system ask about the booster switch and where to locate it. If the yard is reticulated, check that it works properly and ask to see where the sprinklers and solenoids, where they exist, are located. Check that any air conditioning is running smoothly or that ceiling fans operate safely. Where there is a swimming pool, look for any damage and become
Check that the plumbing and lights work by operating all the taps and switches and run any exhaust fans in the kitchen and toilet.
Inspect all the water drainage outlets from the roof. Be confident the guttering is sound and find out where any soak wells are located. If the property is on septic tanks for sewage, check that it works and locate the tanks.
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Test the locks and latches on all doors and windows and make sure that curtains and blinds are secure and operational. After becoming familiar with the property you are then ready to make an informed decision on the purchase price. The price you offer may need to take into account items that you think will need replacement or repair in the future, but remember that in a tight sellers market the seller will be looking for the best offer and terms. (source: reiwa.com.au)
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This big, bold and unique 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom + powder room brick and iron home will delight even the most discerning and fastidious of purchasers. Whether you’re looking for your dream family home or investment, than this is one not to pass over.
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Aussies hold too much of their wealth in housing Australians have a dangerously disproportionate share of their wealth in housing, warned Macrobusiness’ chief economist, Leith van Onselen. Van Onselen said mortgage affordability remains poor on an overall level and the proportion of household income ‘chewed-up’ by mortgage interest payments is 34% higher than in 1989, when mortgage rates peaked at 17%. “Virtually all growth in housing values has come from land price appreciation, with land prices roughly doubling relative to GDP since the late 1980’s.” The ratio of Australian mortgage debt to GDP has risen four-fold since 1990, following deregulation of the financial sector, while the share of loans channelled into housing has increased from 24% of total loans in 1990 to 59% currently. “The rapid expansion of mortgage debt and housing values has been funded, to a large extent, by heavy offshore borrowings by Australia’s banks and is represented by a massive expansion in bank assets – mainly mortgages.” Strongly rising commodity prices have also played a role in increasing housing values since 2004 via their positive impact on incomes, said van Onselen. “The Australian Treasury estimates that 50% of Australia’s income growth over the 2000’s came from the oneoff terms-of-trade boom, whereas McKinsey estimates that 90% of Australian income growth since 2005 came from the mining boom.” The number of property investors has also surged – from 696,000 in 1990 to 1.75 million in 2010 – and nearly 60% of investors are baby boomers. “Two-thirds of investors were negatively geared in 2010, losing on average $2,750 per year, or a total of -$4.8bn. Three quarters of negatively
geared investors earned less than $80,000.” Van Onselen said the country’s ‘rigid’ urban planning system has ensured that the increased demand has manifested in rising prices rather than increased dwelling construction. “Empirical evidence from the US and elsewhere shows that markets with responsive land-use regulations have more affordable housing markets and experience less price volatility, as changes in demand manifest more in new construction rather than prices – growth in US house prices bore little relation to income and population growth.” He says US markets with responsive land-use regulation remained affordable and experienced relatively low house price volatility throughout the bubble/bust period. “In Georgia [USA], policies mandating lending to the poor and under-privileged resulted in massive subprime lending, yet, Georgia’s delinquencies never reached the levels of the supply-restricted bubble states. Big demand ‘shock’ from the GFC caused rate of household formation to plummet as individuals increasingly opted for group housing.” This, in effect, turned a perceived housing shortage into a glut. But could the group housing option be viable in Australia? Yes, said van Onselen – and it’s actually already started to grow in popularity. “According to the 2011 census, the percentage of group households increased to 4.1% from 3.9% in 2006, whereas the percentage of single (lone person) households declined to 24.3% from 24.4%.”
housing stock. Should economic conditions deteriorate materially, the number of Australians opting for group accommodation would likely rise significantly, just as it did in the USA, which could potentially turn a perceived housing shortage into a surplus.” While Australia’s restrictive urban planning regime has helped drive prices higher during the boom, van Onselen says it’s unlikely to save the country from price falls in the event of a major shock to demand. “A perceived housing shortage could easily turn into an oversupply, just like it did in the supply-restricted states of the USA.”
ABS data confirms this trend, with the number of people per dwelling rising since 2006, while the number of bedrooms per dwelling has also been trending upwards.
Factors including a 2011 peak in commodity prices (and subsequent decline) and an aging population could further reduce the economy’s potential demand for housing.
“There is significant latent capacity (excess bedrooms) in the pre-existing
“Severe housing correction is an outside chance if Australia
experiences a mining bust with sharply lower commodity prices combined with a big reduction in mining investment.
boundaries and restrictive zoning. This would increase competition and contestability in the land market and lower land prices;
This combination would cause sharp falls in incomes, a big increase in unemployment and potentially a credit squeeze.”
2. Speed-up development approval processes, so that housing supply is able to respond more quickly to changes in demand;
In order to free up the supply of housing, van Onselen says the government needs to do the following:
housing-related 3. Ensure infrastructure is adequately financed and provided to facilitate the provision of affordable housing.
1. Ensure an adequate supply of affordable land for housing by removing regulatory growth constraints such as urban growth
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Successful applicants will need to refurbish the houses to “a reasonable state of repair”, ensuring they are warm, weatherproof and have modern facilities. The council had originally been in talks with a developer to bulldoze the houses, but decided against this in November, leaving the houses boarded up. (source: www. yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au)
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