We bought our first home with the buyer advocacy services of through Industry Insider.
We decided to use Andrew as we were struggling to buy our first home due to lack of experience, knowledge and support.
Throughout the three months we worked with Andrew, we found him to be very approachable, knowledgeable and honest. He made buying our first home a stress-free experience and saved us money.
Andrew is very approachable – we could ring, text and email him at any time or day of the week, and we always received a prompt response. He was also prompt in his actions; property inspections were arranged very quickly, and we had our building and pest inspection completed within 24 hours of seeing a property we wanted to put an offer on.
His knowledge in real estate is second to none. The fact that he has worked as an estate agent in the past means he understands what vendors have to go through to sell their home, how agents market homes they are selling and how to negotiate. Because he knows the market inside out it gives you, the purchaser, the best chance of buying at a good price.
His experience in real estate also means he has many real estate contacts, which meant we were able to see homes privately before they went to market and, if appropriate, we could provide an offer to the vendor and potentially avoid going to auction; this was how we bought our first house.
Andrew was very realistic and honest with us. If we saw a property, no matter how much we liked it, he would honestly say if it was going to be out of our budget or if it was not in a good location or not positioned well on the block etc. Because of this, we didn’t waste time thinking about a property and didn’t get emotionally attached.
It was because Andrew did the work for us – arranging the inspections, liaising with the selling agent, negotiating on our behalf and organising his own building and pest inspectors and conveyancer – that we saved money. We didn’t have to pay for multiple building and pest inspections on properties that realistically weren’t appropriate for us, and we bought privately before it went to auction.
We can confidently say that without Andrew we would not have gotten the house we are lucky enough to call our first home.
Alana & Matt Bowker