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BUYING A HOME

We find our clients the ideal property on average within 30 to 60 days of engagement.

Find the best pockets of value and discover how you can tap into our local knowledge and with our expert Buyers' Advocates.

Rich was on the ball all the time, he had off-market properties we didn’t have access to and took the hard work out of the process. We had a pretty tight brief and we probably wouldn’t have been able to find the house on our own. We couldn’t fault the experience, or fault working with Rich and would recommend using him to anyone.

- Sarah & Jeff | Northern Beaches

 

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Buying a house is a big deal. Not only is it likely to be the biggest and most significant investment of your life, but it’s also the home where you are going to live happily and, perhaps, raise a family.

It’s an anxious time, for first-time home buyers, as well as those who have a few property purchases under their belt.

Help is at hand, however, as our expert property buyers’ agents have extensive knowledge of the real estate market in NSW, VIC, and QLD, especially in the prime residential suburbs of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

UNSURE OF WHAT YOU WANT?

Are you feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or simply tired of searching for real estate in the residential areas in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne? Have you frequently changed your mind about your preferred features because you’ve fallen in love with several of the houses you’ve visited? Is your head spinning with all of the options?

You need a buyers’ agent to help you nail down your criteria and then to go and do all of the legwork for you, finding and presenting only homes for sale that fit the bill.

DON'T HAVE THE TIME?

Have biased real estate agents taken you to homes and apartments that are way off the mark? Have they tried to convince you that buying a house in a suburb you would rather avoid is a good investment? Have they enticed you to come to auctions, only to find out later that the opening sales price went way above your expectations?

You need an independent buyers’ agent who has unbiased knowledge of the specific suburbs you have your eye on, as well as what you can reasonably expect to find in your price range.

MISSED OUT AT AUCTIONS?

Have you had to try and cope at a property auction without any support? Have you missed out on several suitable homes for sale as a result? Have you had your heart in your throat because you accidentally put up your paddle, and now you’re in the running for a house three times your budget?

You need an impartial buyers’ agent who will guide you through the purchase process at auctions and who will be the voice of calm should you feel yourself getting carried away in the excitement.

Benefits Of Using One Of Our Buyers' Agents

Our buyers’ agents will see you safely through all of the scenarios above, and then some. We provide a completely impartial and unbiased home buying service. We don’t have a hidden agenda or vested interest in any of the houses or apartments we show you.

Instead of providing you with only a small selection of homes for sale from only one or two suburbs in either Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne, we scour all of the houses in the areas that meet your criteria. Ordinarily, this would take a tremendous amount of time, but our buyers’ agents are so knowledgeable that they already have a lot of the information necessary, such as sales prices in specific suburbs and market trends that influence where and when you should consider buying a home.

e relieve the stress that home buyers feel when looking for a new house or apartment. Forget about months spent trawling the internet, weekends driving to inspections, and nights calling agents, only to feel like your perfect home is further away than ever.

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer who has just started your journey towards buying a house, or you’re further along the process and have recently missed out at auction, or you have temporarily paused your search out of frustration or time constraints, don’t worry. This is the reason we exist.

 

A quick summary of our home buying services

ACCESS MORE PROPERTIES

We uncover off-market properties (silent listings) and pre-listings before they hit the market. If a house is for sale, we know about it.

GET AHEAD OF OTHER BUYERS

Our experience and contacts give you the edge on other buyers.

PAY THE RIGHT PRICE

Our vast and up-to-the-minute knowledge of real estate means we can provide a detailed appraisal on the value of your chosen property, then we negotiate hard to ensure you pay the best price.

SAVE TIME

We do all the hard work, plus we can tap into our extensive network to find your property much faster!

Let Propertybuyer do the difficult work for you! We will not only search and help you find properties, we’ll also assist with negotiation, ensuring you pay the best price. Buying a home can be a simple and pleasurable experience if you have the right people providing valuable assistance.

 

How We Help You Find Your Dream Home

Our buyers' agents have extensive local knowledge in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to give you advice you can trust regarding the purchase of your very first home, as well as up-to-date advice that may influence the purchase of your next home.

Here's how we specialise in searching, appraising and negotiating home purchases in Australia:

HELP YOU BUILD YOUR BRIEF

What are your must haves and nice to haves, and what price guides will actually match your brief? Are you confused by typical price guides that bear no resemblance to end sales price? We’ll help match your criteria to the actual sales prices.

RESEARCH, SHORT LIST & EVALUATE

Our buyers’ agents specialise in certain areas, for example, the main cities in NSW, VIC, and QLD. This means they can easily research the relevant suburbs to find suitable homes and provide the necessary assistance to narrow the options down to a shortlist. We provide advice on evaluations so you know if you’re getting value for money.

HANDLE THE NEGOTIATIONS

How well do you rate your negotiation skills? Is it at an expert level? Do you like dealing with real estate agents? Our knowledge of the local real estate market means that we aren’t blinded by smoke and mirrors, so let us shoulder the responsibility and handle negotiations for you.

Recent purchases facilitated by our expert buyers' agents

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Home buyer testimonials

Kate & Peter's Story - Newcastle Homebuyers

Client Comments:

"Can't thank him enough for all he did, and for never giving up on us! 

Had a really fantastic experience dealing with Kevin at Propertybuyer. When my husband and I came to a bit of a stalemate in what we were individually looking for in our "forever home" Kevin became our mediator and managed to find us THE property. Can't thank him enough for all he did, and for never giving up on us!"

Kate & Pete

 

Buyers' Agent Comments:

"It was wonderful to have located the ideal unique Rural property for Kate & Peter in an alternative location after months of viewing many unique Rural properties throughout the Central Coast & Sydney Regions. Kate & Peter experienced so much from us finding an ideal property then the owners changing their mind, through to finding a number of ideal unique choices only for the properties to sell just out of reach for Kate & Peter, even coming across conservative valuers due to the uncertain market & tough finance guidelines at the time, yes Kate and Peter experienced the many ups and downs. However, through our resilience together and never give up attitude, through my persistence & patience and having a close and trusted relationship with Kate & Peter, I could not be happier to have located a unique and private river front Rural property for such a lovely couple just perfect in the end for their family."

Kevin Mason

Frank's Story - Hills District Homebuyer

Client Comments:

"We can't recommend Nick at Propertybuyer enough!

I never believed in a buyers agent until I found this company. We were looking for a new home, closer to Sydney, with lots of parks, good schools and family friendly neighborhood. Our assigned agent was Nick who is an expert in the north west and northern beaches of Sydney. I could write the whole positive experience, but it would exceed the length for this review. In general, we are so lucky that we decided to engage Propertybuyer with Nick, as he was able to guide us in a very responsive and professional manner into an area which ticked all our boxes. An area better than we actually thought were possible with our budget.
We can't recommend Nick at Propertybuyer enough to our friends. Yes, it seems expensive at the first glance, but what you will get is worth more than multiple of what you pay. I will engage Propertybuyer again for my next investment property.


If you are in the marked to buy a property, they will help from the search, over negotiations to settlement - all the way.


Just talk to them and I am certain you will not be disappointed."

Frank

 

Buyers’ Agents Comments:

"I was able to purchase this Spanish style 5 bedroom residence in North Rocks for my happy clients Frank & Natalie who’s brief was to move closer towards the Northern/Western Suburbs. They have a growing family and wanted to find a larger four bedroom home in a family friendly area with good school options, local shopping centre and with closer proximity to the City from their current rental property.

Working with Frank & Natalie was a great property journey and we all worked well together and achieved a fantastic result.

The property was bought prior to auction through local agent contacts. The price paid was close to the median price for the suburb and with a renovation, this will set them up for even better future capital growth prospects"

Nick Taylor-Fick

Stephanie's Story - Northern Suburbs Homebuyer

Client Comments:

"I have been looking at property far and wide across Sydney for the last few years.. I approached Propertybuyer and ended up connecting with Nick Taylor-Fick who was brilliant. Helpful, chatty and the whole process really helped me zero in on a few areas and stop spinning on the spot.. in less than 2 weeks and after only 3 inspections I have bought my first place in Sydney after years of saving…. I paid roughly $10,000 which translated to brief, research, viewings, negotiations, pre purchase inspection as I was going to be overseas at the time… For me meeting Nick really was a brilliant experience as I was searching all over the place for everything and I ended up buying in a suburb which I had never considered yet exactly fit what I was looking for… I was a little skeptical to sign up initially but for me it really crystalised exactly what I was looking for and I’m absolutely chuffed to bits! Wonder if Nick also does dating as I reckon he would find me a great husband too 😂 Thanks again Nick I am really grateful for all the patience, advice and help."

Stephanie

 

Buyers’ Agents Comments:

"Steph is a busy professional woman who engaged Propertybuyer to help find and purchase her first home.

I soon realised that Steph’s list of possible suburbs where to buy stretched in all directions of Sydney- so the first task was to redefine the search area down to a practical few where her budget could buy.


We came up with a good workable shortlist, including one suburb Meadowbank, which she hadn’t condidered before. One property caught my eye because it had better attributes than the average, namely being a larger apartment located on the top floor of a well maintained smaller building. There was also the bonus of nearby train & ferry services, and the Harbourside reserve walking/cycling track .

Working with Steph was made easy because we communicated well together and had a fun with the process- it didn’t take long before I was able to purchase 12/17 Meadowbank Cr, Meadowbank for a decent price. Steph is now happily living in her new home."

Nick Taylor-Fick

 

Our Fees

We charge a fixed (flat) fee that applies for each price band (please ask us for a specific quote). Our fixed fees for the full search service are between 1.5% to 2.0% including GST of purchase price.


If you’d like a specific quote for your circumstances, please complete our property brief.

We have a range of service options to suit your budget. 

  • Option 1 - Full search (our most popular service)
  • Option 2 - Appraise and Negotiate only
  • Option 3 - Auction Bidding

 

We apply a fixed fee because we don’t want any perception of bias in the way we negotiate for clients. An initial retainer fee from $2000 to $5000 is payable upfront, then a success fee is payable once the property is secured (unconditionally exchanged).

Using a buyers’ agent gives you, as a first-time home buyer or an old hand at real estate investment, access to off-market properties, local knowledge, and accurate appraisal and data, saves you huge amounts of time and you get a professional negotiator on your side.

We can also recommend reputable property managers should you be buying a home for investment purposes. Property management services include carrying out inspections required by property law in Australia and admin, including payment of expenses.

Professional property management services are especially important if this is your first time buying a home with rental income in mind. This is largely due to property managers’ knowledge of relevant state law, as property laws vary from state to state. For instance, property inspection requirements in Sydney may differ from those in Melbourne.

Poor advice at any stage of the purchase process can cost you, as a first-time home buyer, dearly.

Good advice, on the other hand, will save you money when buying your first home, and will make you money if you’re buying your first home as a profit-generating investment.

 

Get In Touch With a Buyers' Agent Today.

Reduce Stress & Save Money On Your Next Home Purchase

Simply fill in the quick form below and one of our buyers' agents will get in touch within 1 working day or fill in our comprehensive property brief to tell us exactly what you're looking for.

 

 

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About The Propertybuyer Team

Finding your next home can be easy with a buyers' agent by your side. Our team have secured over 3000 properties and have won over 40 awards for our services.

 

Rich Harvey

CEO & FOUNDER

 

Michelle Derderyan

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

 

Peter Domjen

DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & CLIENT STRATEGY

 

Matt Corbett

PRINCIPAL - BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Monique Treder

SENIOR BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Nick Taylor-Fick

PRINCIPAL - BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Munro Donen

DIRECTOR & PRINCIPAL, PROPERTYBUYER EAST

 

Paul Goldin

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - BUYERS' ADVOCATE, PROPERTYBUYER EAST

 

Lisa Schapiro

BUYERS' ADVOCATE - PROPERTYBUYER EAST

 

Stan Rosenberg

ASSOCIATE BUYERS' ADVOCATE - PROPERTYBUYER EAST

 

Jodie Gottlieb

ASSOCIATE BUYERS' ADVOCATE - PROPERTYBUYER EAST

 

Niki McComb

SENIOR BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Kevin Mason

DIRECTOR - BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Anthony Knight

SENIOR BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Glen Sainsbury

PRINCIPAL - BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Lisa Whayman

SENIOR BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Robyn Toohey

SENIOR BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Alistair Kelsall

SENIOR BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Angela Murray

SENIOR BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Amanda Jones

PRINCIPAL - BUYERS' ADVOCATE

 

Tass Pattas

SENIOR BUYERS ADVOCATE

 

Robin Ragadwala

SENIOR BUYERS ADVOCATE

 

Alberto Da Grava

PRINCIPAL - COMMERCIAL BUYERS' ADVOCATE

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Frequently Asked Questions From Homebuyers

If you're unsure whether you need a buyers' agent to help you purchase your home, then have a look at our homebuyer FAQs by clicking on each question below:

 

1. WHAT AM I GETTING FOR MY MONEY THAT I CANNOT ACHIEVE MYSELF?

Buying quality Sydney real estate is a full time job. Propertybuyer offers you a professional buyer’s agent that is constantly working to find the right property for you. We will listen to your needs and provide you with independent advice to inform your decision. Our buyers agents understand both the national and Sydney real estate market values intimately.Our relationships with selling agents provide you with even more opportunities and information than the average home buyer. Once the right home is found they are highly experienced in appraising the value of the property and negotiating, giving you peace of mind and ensuring you pay the right price.

If you’re buying a house in Sydney, using a buyers’ agent is certainly the most effective and stress-free way to do it.

2. WILL A BUYERS’ AGENT LISTEN TO MY NEEDS?

Of course – Listening is the most important aspect of our relationship with you. It is crucial that we fully understand your needs so we can search for your next home looking through ‘your eyes’. By doing this we will find and secure your ideal home faster. Unlike a real-estate agent, we have no vested interest in which house you buy or which group of properties you buy from; all that matters to us is that we find the perfect home for you. That’s why when it comes to buying a home we use your specific wants and needs as our only driver.

3. HOW WILL KNOW YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND MY REQUIREMENTS? (HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY KNOW WHAT I WANT?)

This is a common fear for buyers. That’s why we spend considerable time asking about your needs and wants BEFORE starting the property search process. If possible we like to do this in your home to really understand your personal taste, likes and dislikes. Our buyer’s agents are very good at understanding what home buyers want and they view this as the most important part of their process. They have all learnt the importance of listening to client needs and have been very successful in their roles for a long time.

The greatest satisfaction we get is when you are thrilled with your new home.

4. WILL YOU OVERLOOK PROPERTIES THAT MAY HAVE BEEN OF INTEREST TO ME?

No. We leave no stone unturned when searching for your ideal property. If there is any chance that a property may be of interest to you, we will present it to you and let you choose. It’s often a fine line as we are equally careful not to waste your time, but when in doubt, we will ask you the question.

5. CAN YOU FIND ME OFF-MARKET PROPERTIES?

Absolutely. Each buyer’s agent is well respected in their local areas and they maintain professional relationships with selling agents to access to many silent-listings. Our buyers’ agents will routinely contact selling agents on our extensive database and constantly ask for and receive off-market homes/ listings.

That’s one of the major benefits of using a buyers’ agent – if the right property is out there, they will find it for you whether it is listed or not!

6. CAN YOU GUARANTEE THAT I WILL HAVE FOUND AND BOUGHT A HOME AT THE END OF THE PROCESS?

We have successfully purchased homes for more than 98% of our clients. Those not proceeding usually comprise of people who have had change to their personal circumstances and are no longer looking to buy a house.

Propertybuyer is currently the most awarded Buyers Agency in Australia, and this public scrutiny is an unbiased testament to our integrity, value and quality of service. We guarantee not to waste your valuable time by sourcing inappropriate properties. We will deflect all the stress and detail and save you months of endless searching. We will spend time with you up front so that we clearly understand your needs and will target the search based on your preferences.

With our help, you will save time, money and stress in the purchase of your next home. You will also gain access to more properties, be better informed about comparable sales and understand the true value of each property. When you decide on the right property, we will negotiate for you so you will be able to make a rational decision about price without the stress and pressure of dealing with real estate agents or having to negotiate.

7. WHAT IS THE PROCESS AND HOW LONG WILL BUYING A HOUSE TAKE?

First of all we like to sit down and just listen to your preferences. This way we can fully understand your needs.

Following this, our services are explained and we can answer any questions you may have. Once you are comfortable to proceed, you sign an agreement and an engagement fee is paid. We then further discuss your “buyers brief” and then the property search begins.

We conduct thorough research and then present you with a shortlist of the homes and properties which might be of interest to you. If you wish to pursue any of the chosen properties, we then conduct a full appraisal of the property and negotiate on your behalf. The decision to buy the house is then yours. We are committed to finding you the right home, no matter how long it takes, but in our experience the entire process usually takes between 3 to 6 weeks.

8. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BUYERS’ AGENT AND A SELLING AGENT?

buyers’ agent works exclusively for the buyer, whereas the selling agent works for the vendor (seller). By law an agent cannot act for (and accept a commission) from both parties in the transaction. We, being buyers’ agents, work exclusively for you, the homebuyer, and will help you negotiate with the selling agent to secure the best price and the right terms on the house of your choice.

9. DO BUYERS’ AGENTS ASSIST OR GET PAID BY THE SELLER?

No. We never sell property or accept sales commission from vendors nor their agents. This is what sets propertybuyer apart. We are totally independent and work exclusively in our clients’ best interest to find a property that meets their needs. We have no vested interest in the selling of specific property, our only driver is the buyer’s satisfaction in finding the right house.

10. HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT THE PROPERTY IS WORTH?

We conduct extensive due diligence for our clients on recent sales and have access to a comprehensive database of all past sales. We inspect each home for sale and discuss the positives and negatives of each shortlisted property.

We are also aware of recent sales and ongoing negotiations in the Sydney real estate market and properties in the area.

Using this information, together with our own expert opinion on the state of the market provides our clients with the assurance they are not overpaying. In fact, our clients usually find they are buying at a price below market and comparable values.

11. DO I HAVE TO BE “RICH AND FAMOUS” TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD A BUYERS’ AGENT?

Definitely not. We assist individuals, couples and families of all budgets. In addition, we’ll also assist you in saving money by doing extensive research and analysis, looking at comparable property sales and market data, and by negotiating hard to secure the best price, terms and conditions possible. With a buyers’ agent you will make an informed choice and will be confident that you have bought well, whatever your budget. It’s a small investment to make when you consider the expert advice and savings you will make when you buy your ideal house!

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