Buying a home can be a very daunting process and it’s likely to be the most expensive and emotional purchase of your life. And as anyone who has bought more than one will tell you – it doesn’t get any easier the second time around!

But careful planning and preparation will help you get the keys to your dream home. Here are a couple of tips from Graham Ball, Principal of Graham Ball Estate Agents, powered by Ozway Realty.

Graham’s top tip #1. Pick the right suburb

“Do your homework to make sure the suburb you have in mind ticks all your boxes,” says Graham. “There are heaps of resources online, including the website. Just click here to jump to my page and then click on the ‘Buy’ link at the top.” The website also has a comprehensive review of Australian suburbs at this link.

Graham explains the important information to look for on the website includes median property prices, the type of people living in the area and the average number of people looking for real estate in your suburb versus the number of properties for sale.

Graham and his business Director, Rivan Bahno, have serviced the Western Sydney suburbs of Wetherill Park, Fairfield and adjoining suburbs for over two decades and know the area intimately. Graham explains what the suburbs page for Wetherill Park currently reveals about his home territory.

“First up, you’ll see the median property price for buying at the moment is $802,500 and for renting is $480 per week,” he says. “This will give you an immediate idea of whether your budget is in the ball park for buying or renting in the Wetherill Park area.”

“This great site also shows you different pricing for 2, 3 and 4-bedroom properties, so you can adjust your expectations up or down accordingly.”

“It also shows that Wetherill Park is a ‘high demand’ suburb – attracting 1,495 visits per property versus the NSW average of just 790. While this competitive market makes it a bit tougher if you’re buying, there are still plenty of good properties available – you just need to make sure you’re ready when the right one comes on to the market.

“That’s why it’s essential to make sure you have a reputable real estate agent on your side, who knows what you’re looking for so they can act quickly when the right home pops up. In a hot property market, a good agent will know when a good home is coming on the market before it’s even listed. That’s the kind of advantage you need.”

Having lived in the area for many years and raised his family here, Graham is clearly sold on the Wetherill Park area. “Wetherill Park and its surrounding suburbs are a vibrant part of the Western Sydney community,” says Graham. “It’s a fantastic place to raise kids, do business and enjoy everything that life has to offer.”

Graham and Rivan have a great reputation as real estate professionals in the area, with many repeat customers. They present houses for sale in Wetherill Park. They also offer rental properties.

Graham will be sharing hit top tip #2 shortly – come back soon to check in.

For anybody looking to buy or sell real estate in Wetherill Park or Fairfield, get in touch with Graham, Director Rivan Bahno, or any of the team. Their office is at Suite 1, 1183 The Horsley Drive, Wetherill Park. Or you can call them on +61 2 9609 1177 or visit their website