You don’t have to own a home
Depending on where in the world you are based and what stage of your life you are at, you may buy or even rent a home. You have to decide whether owning a home is right for you given your particular circumstances and, of course, your finances.
Listen to yourself and engage a reputed agent
Everybody will probably be eager offer you advice on your prospective real estate decision. Trust your instincts but use your head not your heart and be prepared to walk away from a bad deal or a dud property.
It’s best to work with an experienced and professional realtor, to better navigate the tricky real estate landscape. For instance, if you have a pet and are looking for an apartment in a complex that doesn’t permit pets,you may not be aware of this stipulation but an in-the-know realtor surely will.
Our seasoned multinational team at Engel & Völkers in Hong Kong is always available for all your real estate needs. Be in buying or renting in Hong Kong or then overseas in any of the 39 countries that our well-respected brand operates.
The location of a property plays a vital role in most real estate choices. Is the property within easy reach of good schools and other conveniences of modern life such as supermarkets and wet markets, hospitals and eateries? In a city like Hong Kong or even in New York both urban metropolises, well served by public transport, the fact that a property is located near an MTR or subway station increases its desirability and value.
Space or View
If you had to choose between more space and a gorgeous view, which would you choose? Again your lifestyle plays a role when making this choice. Are you a single person who spends most of the day at the office and uses the home only to sleep? Then the lack of a view would not make much of a difference to you. However, if you or your family members do spend a considerable amount of time at home during a day then perhaps a stunning view would take precedence. If you are buying a home, then perhaps the view it offers would make a difference for in the case of a resale later on, having a great view distinguishes a property for other similar properties on the market.
Conduct a thorough inspection before moving in
Once you have decided on a property and it is a secondary market sale or rental, you would well to conduct a thorough inspection of installed amenities are in order like air-conditioners, flushes etc. Your Engel & Völkers real estate agent will help you to put together a snag list for the landlord/seller before you proceed with the transaction.
The success of any real estate deal depends on effective negotiation. At Engel & Völkers Hong Kong, skillful negotiators form an integral part of our team. Moreover,they are always mindful of their client’s best interests.
The search for your ideal home can take time
The search for a property that ticks all the boxes and meets all your requirements can take longer that you initially expected. Real estate agents are salespeople and hence some may push their clients to make an early decision. We, however, do not operate in this manner. We are prepared to persevere until we find you not merely a dwelling, but an abode, which you and your family can happily call 'home.' So be it a home acquisition or a rental, you would do well to partner with us for your quest.