Monday, November 12, 2012

'A Total Saving of $76,000!...'

'My family and I relocated to Darwin for work. We were unfamiliar with the town and engaged Tod Peterson to act on our behalf. The purchase of a suitable property needed to meet our criteria and price point. Location, size and configuration were important to us, as we had kids and had enrolled  them in a school that was close to where we wanted to live. We found a suitable property and with Tod's due diligence, initially negotiated $55,000 off the price. Because of the age of the property, Tod suggested we get a series of reports done as a safety measure and to potentially leverage the price down even further. I am extremely glad we did this, because Tod was able to secure a credit of $21,000 and therefore a total saving to us of $76,000 (or nearly 10%!) off the advertised price. This was extremely impressive, and especially so in the tough market we were dealing with, and certainly a far greater saving than we would have been able to achieve ourselves.

It's not just about the savings though. Having a 'second set of eyes' and, local knowledge and experience is reassuring, when you are trying to negotiate the pitfalls and perils of buying property in a new town. I commend Tod's expertise and local knowledge to put a strategy together to achieve a result like this. I have no hesitation in recommending his services to people who are wanting to buy in this market but don't have the local knowledge or the experience, and of course want to save time  and money. Thanks, Tod!' - Shane Papworth