Young couples

How do I know if my agent has given me a reasonable appra... Firstly, ask them how they arrived at their opinion and what other homes, similar to yours, have sold nearby recently...
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We just want an investment for now. Where should we buy?

The ideal properties to invest in are properties in areas where it is cheaper to buy than rent. This gives a better chance of strong capital growth and higher returns. But also look out for:
  • Houses and apartments that are close to employment centres
  • Properties that are positioned close to transport, schools and areas where there are plenty of jobs
  • Homes occupying good positions but where inexpensive renovations would help them produce higher rents
  • Properties where an extra bedroom can be created from the existing floor plan. This can add substantially to the yield and subsequent capital growth (when you sell)
  • Real estate that is poorly presented or marketed and may not therefore realise its full market value
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