CREATIVE professionals Adam Brunes and Jacob Brewer were ready to upgrade, but dreaded house-hunting again after a frustrating year-long search to find their first home.
The couple engaged buyer’s agent Jake Edwards, who not only secured a newly built Queenslander home in Hendra within weeks, but also negotiated a sale price $300,000 below the vendor’s asking price.
Mr Brunes, 35, said they were referred to Mr Edwards by their mortgage brokers, Barry Wilkinson and Shuan Canham, of SW Brokerage.
After spending every Saturday morning driving from one end of Brisbane to another, squeezing in up to 3 inspections in 2019 to buy their first home, the self-employed couple resolved to, “work smarter, not harder”.
“We literally viewed 70-plus properties. It was exhausting and it’s time we’ll
never get back,” Mr Brunes said.
“When Barry suggested we consider a buyer’s agent to eliminate a lot of the grunt
work personally, it was very appealing. Close friends had recently purchased via a buyer’s agent too and had a great experience, so that gave us added confidence in the process.”
Access to off-market opportunities was a bonus as they’d missed out on another house which was snapped up ahead of its first scheduled open home date.
Mr Brunes said they consulted with Mr Edwards about their brief, then received regular updates on properties he’d viewed, or knew were coming to market.
“He’d send through video walkthroughs of each property, along with his assessment of how each stacked up to our brief,” Mr Brunes said.
“The video walkthroughs were particularly valuable, as we all know that real estate
photography can sometimes be deceiving.
“It saved us a tremendous amount of time and ultimately led us to our dream house,” he said.
While the sale price of the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with epic trackside views of Eagle Farm Racecourse was not disclosed, Mr Edwards said he negotiated a significant discount of $300,000 for his clients.
The two-storey home, marketed by Andrea Brown, of Ray White, was packed with character, featuring soaring ceilings over open-plan living spaces.
Pops of colour lift luxury finishes, including engineered wood floors through living areas and a library with built-in book shelves.
It’s also an ideal entertainer, with spacious decks and a stunning pool area with lush lawn.
The couple was due to settle on the Hendra house this month, and have put their Hamilton townhouse on the market.
The three-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 22 Hilda St is marketed by Chrese Morley, of Ray White, and goes under the hammer on March 29.
Article source: Queensland Property Investor
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