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Size matters: how to get more bang for your buck on property sizes

An increasing number of Australians are prioritising larger homes and bigger blocks in their house-hunting endeavours since the pandemic began. But where to look? Well, a new search tool helps you calculate which suburbs offer the best bang for your buck.

‘Give me a home among the gumtrees…’

There’s no denying that COVID-19 has resulted in a widespread shift in attitudes on how a family home can contribute to a better work/life balance.

With flexible work arrangements becoming the norm, families are focusing their house-hunting efforts on suburbs that offer larger homes with home offices, or simply just a safe, secluded and spacious place to raise the kids.

But you don’t necessarily have to move to the outskirts of a city for a bigger, cheaper block.

You just need to know which suburbs are most likely to help you unearth a hidden gem.

A new tool can help you identify where to look

This new realestate.com.au tool (mobile link here), which calculates each suburb’s median estimated price per square metre (based on plot size), can help you zero in on suburbs which give you more bang for your buck.

That’s because not only does it give you the median valuation per square metre for the suburb you select, but it also gives you the same data for the immediate surrounding suburbs.

This can allow you to shift your search focus to another nearby suburb if it offers a more attractive estimated price per square metre.

For example, Teneriffe is one of Brisbane’s most expensive suburbs, and topped that city’s list with a median estimated property price of $5196/sqm based on a median plot size of 441sqm.

However, about 400 metres away is the suburb of Bowen Hills, with a median estimated property price of just $1621/sqm based on an even bigger median plot size of 652sqm.

Not bad, when you consider the world’s fastest men’s 400-metre dash is 43.03 seconds…

Properties are selling faster than ever

Here’s the thing: chances are you won’t be the only one on the hunt for a bargain.

In fact, properties are selling at record speed at the moment, with the average number of days spent listed on real estate sites falling to an historic low of 32 days in May.

To help increase your chances of securing a property in this hot market, it’s a good idea to explore your borrowing options early.

So if you’d like to find out more about what you need to do to help make your home-ownership dreams a reality, get in touch today. We’d love to help out. Contact us on 02 6021 6600.

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  • Geoff at MAKE Finance Group made the process of purchasing an investment property a seamless process. Thanks for your patience Geoff. I would highly recommend Geoff and his team at MAKE for all your finance needs. Cathy, Warrnambool

  • Geoff and Christine helped me from the ground up with acquiring my first home loan, they helped me from the application process all through to small advice on how to take on the new world I've been introduced to. I am honestly glad to have been referred to MAKE Finance Group, I couldn't have found someone as thorough, professional and friendly to have helped me along the way. Paul, Albury  

  • Geoff and the team at MAKE Finance were unbelievably helpful when we needed to refinance our business loan. After a stressful and confusing ordeal with our existing lender, Geoff made re-financing so easy, and it tool very little work from our end to sort everything out. We are so happy with everything sorted and not having to worry about our finance arrangements. We would encourage anyone with any financing needs to go and see Geoff and the team at MAKE Finance, thanks Geoff! Philip and Jenni, Holbrook

  • Thank you to the team at MAKE Finance Group, for helping me purchase my first truck. I cannot thank them enough as they went above and beyond all my expectations and made the whole process easy and stress free, I would highly recommend them to anyone. Rob, Canberra

  • Applying for a business loan (direct through a Bank) was becoming a stressful and difficult task for us as everything had to be discussed over the phone followed by numerous paperwork. Geoff at MAKE Finance Group was our savior. Your personalised service made the application for our business loan & business vehicle loan so easy. We now operate a very successful business & we could not have done this without you. We love your work! Lloyd & Kristy Franchisee of Jim’s Mowing Wodonga East

  • “MAKE Finance Group were an absolute pleasure to deal with. Right from the very beginning, even when we were just asking questions as to how home loans work and how much we could afford, they made the process incredibly easy and put everything into terms that we could understand. There’s a lot involved with buying your first home, but it felt effortless with the superb help from both Jess & Geoff. MAKE Finance Group definitely come highly recommend from us – thanks guys!” Sophie & Zach, Albury

  • “Buying a new car was a big deal for me as I had a very strong love for my only car of 10 years.  I approached MAKE Finance Group to help me source a loan for my new car, and they made me feel 100% positive about making the change, as the process that they followed to obtain the loan was flawless. They came to me which I hugely appreciated, everything was in order and all follow ups and questions were answered without hesitation. I cannot recommend them enough for their professional and friendly service.” Stephanie, Albury

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