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Buying Your First Luxury Home

Written by Posted On Friday, 31 March 2017 11:37
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Today's housing market is much different than it was several years ago, but the good news is its on the upswing as more millennials enter the market and even a rental can be a great investment. 
There are countless articles out there on buying your first home, but little has been addressed on buying your first luxury home. The process can be incredibly daunting without knowing what you want and how to go about getting it. 
Here are a few steps to consider: 
1) Define your search process. Luxury properties are not always listed on the market; they are often what's considered pocket listings. So, it’s important to make sure that you have access to a private network of pocket listing properties in addition to the traditional MLS access (which your realtor should provide you based on a set of criteria you have provided). 
2) Find a reliable set of property photos. Luxury properties often have more than one building. You need photos of the grounds and other amenities, like a helicopter pad, vineyard, or multi-car garage. Many luxury properties don’t have as many listing photos for privacy purposes, but you need that kind of access up front to make sure that the home will meet your needs. The more photographs you have access to, the better. 
3) Consider the right type of documentation. Not only will you need a standardized purchase agreement, but you may also need paperwork for all of the upgrades that could happen with the property. If there is work that has been done recently or if you are planning on making renovations or making additions to new buildings, make sure that you have the proper permits lined up. 
4) Find the right team. It’s incredibly important that you find the right team of advisors to lead you through the luxury property purchasing process. There is a complexity in these transactions that is not present in the typical real estate transaction. Your real estate team needs to be able to work with your financial planner, family trust, attorney, and more. Having the right team in place will allow you to have a smooth transaction.
5) Remember to look to the future. When you buy a luxury property, it won’t appraise like a standard home because there won’t be many homes like it on the market. Luxury properties are like snowflakes; they are extremely unique. You have to take that into consideration to make sure that your asset will continue to gain value in the market. Try to find comparable properties to work off of. 
6) Know that your luxury property will be unique. It's important to keep in mind that there will be room to negotiate. I have seen $50 million properties sell for 20% less than the asking price. Effective negotiating can save you millions of dollars, which is much different than the typical transaction. 
There are lots of considerations, but with these touch points in mind, you will get ahead and make the right choice that is ultimately the best for you.  
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