Prospective homebuyers should brace themselves to pay more than the asking price that is listed on the property. But how much more?
“When they give you the price guide, you should always put the price guide against recent, comparable sales in the area to get a full picture,” he said.
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The research found that most Aussies agreed with this sentiment with 26 per cent thinking that properties normally sell for between 11-20 per cent over their asking price.
Richard Whitten, home loans expert at Finder, said it’s not surprising that people are dubious about home listing prices.
“It’s an agent’s job to garner as much hype as possible on their listed property,” he said.
“This, coupled with the property boom having instilled a fear of missing out among prospective home buyers, means we’re seeing more homes sell for well above their reserve price.”
Aussie property boom
Dwelling values in every single capital city grew over the blockbuster year, with Darwin marking the most meteoric growth at 21 per cent, followed by the nation’s capital of Canberra at 18.1 per cent.
Even property prices in Perth – which marked the lowest annual growth of all the cities – rose by 2.1 per cent.
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