If you’re looking to buy a home, it’s an opportune time to do some research and learn more about the real estate in South Australia.

Learning more about specific neighbourhoods you’d like to live in is a good starting point.

Investigate what amenities are available in the area such as schools, hospitals, shops and recreational services. Look up the local council online to find out more about their options.

The Real Estate Institute of South Australia has many resources available including data on median house prices, stamp duty, fees and charges. Topics covered include buying, selling, renting or investing.

Another useful resource is the Consumer and Business Services website with FAQs on real estate.

Navigating the wealth of information available by finding a good real estate agent is also an option. A good agent will have your best interests at heart and should listen to your requirements.

They will also be able to give you realistic expectations and timeframes for the home buying process.

You can find properties for sale in newspapers and other property publications and online on realestate.com.au or domain.com.au.

Take note of the suburb profiles and descriptions written by the agent. You can also browse listings to view purchase prices to help you budget accordingly and set your expectations.

Armed with a wealth of information, you can be better prepared to make the right choice when selecting the right home for you.

Relevant articles include:

Real estate negotiating 101

Top 5 questions to ask a real estate agent

Getting the most out of your agent

You can learn more by attending one of HomeStart’s free homebuyers seminars that are held throughout the year.

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