Don’t Get Gazumped! Proven Strategies for Winning Your Dream Home in the Current Market

In the current rising property market, but with low stock levels, finding your dream home can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. But don’t you worry, determined buyer! Here at PRD Real Estate, we empower you to navigate this competitive landscape and secure your dream home.

Realistic Expectations Lead to Informed Decisions

In a low-stock market, emotions can run high. But setting realistic expectations is crucial for making informed decisions and avoiding bidding wars that could leave you financially stretched. Here’s how research empowers you:

  • Market Analysis

Research recent sales data for comparable properties in your target area. This provides a clearer picture of fair market value and helps you formulate competitive offers that are still within your budget.

  • Understand the Trends

Stay informed on market trends. Analyse recent sales data and attend open homes to gauge market activity and identify potential areas for negotiation. This empowers you to adjust your expectations and avoid overpaying.

Prepare Yourself


Preapproval is key

  • Get pre-approved for a mortgage.

This demonstrates financial readiness to sellers and streamlines the buying process.

  • Consider your budget.

Factor in not just the purchase price, but also potential settlement costs and ongoing expenses.

Craft a Competitive Offer

  • Go beyond price.

While competitive offers might be necessary, consider including a larger deposit or waiving certain conditions (with expert advice) to strengthen your offer.

  • Express genuine interest.

A heartfelt letter expressing your love for the property can create a personal connection with the seller and set you apart from purely financial offers.

Explore Alternatives

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  • Think outside the box.

Consider “off-market” properties, which haven’t yet been officially listed. Your local real estate agent’s network can be invaluable here.

  • Be open to overlooked suburbs.

Look for areas with potential for growth and hidden value that might not be as “hot” but offer great opportunities.


Remember: Patience and perseverance are key! Don’t get discouraged if your dream home doesn’t appear overnight. By staying informed, prepared, and adaptable, you’ll increase your chances of success in this competitive environment.


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