Buying a home after divorce or separation, when you become Suddenly Single in all your choices can be overwhelming. Sarah had bought other homes, she had also sold homes, most recently her family home. It wasn’t as though she hadn’t been through the process before. You would say that she was an experienced buyer and seller.
Her problem was unexpected.
A clear idea of where she wanted to live, the lifestyle that she wanted to be living. A secure, well paid job. Sarah was having difficulty buying her own home, her new home that would be all hers, no one else’s.
Why? Sarah couldn’t work out why it was a problem. She secured a rental thinking it would be short term yet 14 months later she was still in the rental and was no closer to buying.
Sarah didn’t lack experience, she lacked confidence. Recent sales and purchases were done with her partner, decisions were discussed, there were two incomes which gave more flexibility.
Now she was making decisions alone. The divorce had been tough, emotionally and financially draining. There was lots of well meaning advice from family and friends leaving her confused and cross.
A family member met Carol at an event and they were chatting about homelessness and how easily women were slipping through the cracks. They exchanged details and some time later, when speaking with Sarah she remembered meeting someone called Ms. Property Melbourne who might be able to help. She gave Sarah Carols details, recommending that Sarah call her and just have a chat, no obligation, no direct involvement just someone that could take her through her options.
Sarah took the chance and arranged to meet Carol at her local cafe. They met, they chatted. They agreed to meet again. Sarah understood the fees she would be paying for peace of mind and expert guidance.
When they next met Sarah was given a checklist. What did she want? Where did she want to live? What could she afford? Together, Sarah and Carol searched, Carol pointing out options that Sarah hadn’t thought of and dissuading from choices too far removed from Sarahs needs and wants list. Buying a home is emotional. We get a feeling, a vibe for a home. This is great so long as it is also a good choice. No longer alone, Sarah could confidently state to her family and friends that it was all under control.
Finding a place, Carol undertook the research necessary to ensure a good choice. There are lots of research tools out there and with her experience and contacts Carol knew where to look and who to ask. If not the first place, then the fee structure allowed Sarah and Carol to keep working together until it all came together.
Collaborating with negotiations Sarah successfully purchased. Carol also gave her rental guidance which smoothed the path even further.