Understand how much you can borrow

Research the property market

Thoroughly inspect the property

Contract reviewed by conveyancer or lawyer

Building & pest inspections

Buy at auction or negotiate a purchase

Sign contracts and pay the deposit

Pre-settlement inspection

Property settles

Celebrate a great result

Buying a House or an Apartment

Firstly, before you even start looking around at buying properties, you should get in contact with a mortgage broker to find out how much you can afford to borrow and to get your pre-approval for your loan. We have mortgage brokers who we can refer to you if required.

If you are serious in finding a property at the right price in the right location, it will take time and maybe a little bit of disappointment, that’s all part of the journey.


Visit online real estate portals such as & This will save you time and give you a chance to establish what you’re looking for and more importantly what price points are for the properties you like and make enquires to.

Going to inspections, meeting the agents, walking around your favoured suburb of choice, and attending auctions all give you good experience. It will ensure your knowledge of local markets is broadened.

When buying a home or investment, remember aspect, size, natural light, views, busy streets, busy roads and general condition of a property all contribute to price points.

It is important to physically inspect properties and keep the brochures and follow up on what they end up selling for, keep a file with the brochures for your research.

It is one of your biggest investments you will make in your lifetime, so make sure you do your homework.

Apartment Buyer’s Tips

If buying a strata or company title property it is wise to have your conveyancer or solicitor order a strata report and view the AGM minutes to investigate any major works that may be pending or underway, understand the financials they hold in the sinking fund and what the strata levies are.

House or Terrace Buyers

When buying a House or Terrace if you are wanting to either attend the auction or submit an offer, ensure you engage a reputable pest and building inspector, this allows you to be prepared for any unexpected repairs or defects that may need to be undertaken, this will also give you leverage in negotiations if there are any unexpected defects or repairs. If you are the successful purchaser, you will have a budget set aside or enough funds to carry out the works.

Methods of Sale

Predominantly there are two popular methods to sell a property in NSW.

For Sale/Private Treaty

This is when a fixed asking price is set and buyers can make offers close to the asking price or at the asking price.


This is generally Sydney’s most popular method to sell property.

Agents give prospective buyers a price range based on similar properties that have sold in the immediate area. This allows the vendor a selling method that does not set a ceiling price.

From Our Experience

”It’s not what a property is worth!  It’s what someone is willing to pay for it!“

As we have experienced at the end of 2020 and 2021 this has been Sydney’s most popular method to sell property.

The Team at D'Ettorre Real Estate

Dominic has over 20 years experience in the real estate industry. During this time,...
Sales and Property Manager
As a real estate professional with over 8 years of experience in the industry,...
Senior sales & commercial leasing agent
Rupert brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to D’Ettorre Real Estate with over...
Property Manager & Property Officer
Antony is a licenced Real Estate Agent with over 5 years experience as a...
Rochelle has had an established career in sales and customer service for over 30...
Property Officer
Coming into Real Estate as a second-generation agent with an extended family full of...

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