My parents have been on my case for about a decade to get my life together. Heck, as soon as I graduated from university they were telling me to put a deposit on a house. At the time, I was too itinerant. Not only was I moving from place to place within Melbourne – I wouldn’t stay in a single suburb for more than a year or so – but I was also going overseas a lot (which is partly what contributed to my housing disturbances in Melbourne). Anyway, i wasn’t ready to settle down back then both in terms of stable location but also I didn’t want to be bogged down by a huge mortgage – forced to repay my humble domicile for the next twenty years when I could be spending it on the cravings of youthful exuberance – travel, food and fun. Now that I’m a bit older, I’ve actually turned around and am now looking to get the help of a buyers advocate. Melbourne property prices have skyrocketed in recent years, as you may have noticed, so it’s important to get the right advice.
My parents were originally like, “Why spend money on a real buyers advocate when you’ve got us?” – They think they’re really in the know about these things, as they’ve purchased a couple of properties in the past and they’ve always got their eye on the market. They are pretty good, I’ll grant them that, but nevertheless, there are things they can’t do for me that a property advocate can do. For example, if you want to get ‘off market’ or ‘quiet sales’, you’ll need a buyers agent. Melbourne has a tonne of properties that never get advertised by the mainstream real estate agents, hidden gems in the best parts of town. I’m hoping to get myself a little townhouse or apartment in one of the more culturally rich areas. I particularly like old houses for their tall ceilings, and converted warehouse apartments for their rustic charm.