“We got our dream home”

Narelle Morrison & Louise Jackson

My partner and I were living near the city in Rivervale in a 3×1 on two busy streets. It wasn’t our ideal living situation, too much hustle and bustle for us and there was never a place to go and really chill out. Ideally my dream was always to live where I was raised, which is in the hills east of the city. After living in this home for a few years, we ended up getting some really undesirable tenants living in the rental property next door, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Louise and I decided it was time to move. After deciding to move, we thought it would be ideal to find our dream home where we could settle forever, a place where we could grow old there together.

I have been through the house hunting process before and found it a stressful, emotional ride. There had to be a better way, then I remembered Trevor.

I met Trevor Dunkley before in my line of work as a trainer for mortgage brokers. After seeing one of his market presentations, I was impressed with his knowledge and professionalism as well as his property buying processes.
Trevor came to our house and sat with us for half a day to talk about what we wanted – as individuals and as a couple – to make sure that he helped us buy a property that would be a dream home to both of us. I thought this was really great that he put so much effort and time into something that was important to us, it made us feel really good about working with him. He also coached us through the process of doing the inspection and how to keep our “cards close to our chest”. This was great advice, as I am a very emotional person and I learnt how that can give the real estate agents an upper hand in the negotiations. My partner and I learned from Trevor how to be the perfect inspectors on the properties we were viewing.

The Property Wizards processes and systems were a great help to us as it saved us from buying a dud property that looked good on the surface, but once it was put through the Property Wizards systems it came up with lots of problems. The outcome was that it would never increase a cent more in value than it was priced at and if anything, it would probably decrease in value over time.  

The ideal property that we found was totally our dream home as it was near my childhood neighbourhood. Unfortunately it was already under offer, but as it turned out the offer ended up falling through. We went to check it out and fell in love with it, both of us. It was so perfect, nestled on the side of a hill with city views the whole way across the house and a lovely verandah on the other side of the house, perfect for lazy afternoons and entertaining friends.

It was really hard to keep stone faces during inspection and the second we got down the road we called Trevor excitedly to start the buying process.

The home was priced slightly above our budget. It had started at $499,000, going up to the $500,000’s and when the offer fell through it went back to $499,000 which was the true value of the property. This was still too high for us. Property Wizards worked with our budget and used all the possible factors to negotiate a price we could afford including the fact that the owners had left to live abroad. We ended up purchasing it for $30,000 below asking price and within our budget, we couldn’t have been happier.

We now are so happy living in our dream home, the ambience is absolutely perfect. I have also now been able to the rat race of the city and secure a job 10 minutes down the road which I now get to on my scooter. Louise and I are ecstatic that our dreams have come through.

The best part of all is since we purchased the property 3 years ago, it has increased significantly in value. Not too bad if you consider we made money living out our dream. We are looking forward to working with Property Wizards in the year to come to get an investment property.



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