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A Buyer’s Guide – Choosing the Right Property Developer For Your New Home

“Buying a property is a daunting task for the uninitiated, more so if you are living overseas. The property developer you choose to buy from plays a critical role in your home owning experience, and so it is important to choose the right one for your dream home.”

Buying a property, no matter what the purpose, is a daunting task for the uninitiated, more so if you are living overseas. Your dream home is not just a unit by itself. It is part of a bigger ecosystem that involves many elements, from financing and legal to maintenance and beyond, which depend heavily on the property developer it is built by.

Reliable property developers have extensive experience in delivering quality projects as well as financial security to their customers. Buyers are rest assured that their investment will not go to waste due to mismanagement. Experienced developers are also more likely to hit their targeted deadlines as they will be working with trusted partners. Top developers also place great value in maintaining their reputation in the market, and hence are more committed to deliver homes without faults and are motivated to solve any problems that arise. For an investor, buying a home from a reputable developer with brand recognition means a substantial premium that you can add on when you’re estimating your returns.

What can you do to set a good foundation for your home owning experience? How do you choose a developer that you can trust for your dream home?

Do your homework

There is no shortcut to finding the right developer – enough time and effort needs to be put in for thorough research. First, start with searching for the top property developers in the country that you are planning to invest in and build a list. Comb through their mentions online – on official websites, social media channels, property forums, customer testimonials, news articles etc. This will give you a balanced look at the online presence of the developer. Going through their past projects and how they were reviewed by experts and customers also helps to give you an idea of the developers’ track record. If you would like to take it one step further, looking at the developers’ credentials such as awards and accolades received can also help make your decision to choose a reliable and quality developer.

Window shop, don’t rush

While choosing your dream home can be a deeply emotional process, it is also important to keep an open and practical mind while making your decision. Take your time to speak to representatives from different developers in person or on the phone, to get a feel of how it will be like to be an actual resident with them. Do not hesitate to be upfront with your requirements, professional agents who represent reliable developers will do their best to offer quality advice and cater to your wishes without being too pushy. Look out for discounts and promotions that will work in your favour, such as price discounts, flexible payment options, freebies etc. Rushing into choosing a developer without due diligence comes with dangers such as poor workmanship, abandoned projects and property management issues. Hence, taking your time to consider all your options before making a decision will help you avoid making unnecessary compromises.

Speak to existing customers

Hearing purchase and living experiences first-hand from residents and buyers is an effective way to learn more about the developer. Reaching out to people in your network or online who are customers and residents can help bring the smaller details, good and bad, to light. If possible, you can even head down to existing projects to have impromptu conversations with residents there. Online mentions of developers are usually on extreme ends of the spectrum, either very favourable or extremely negative. Speaking directly to residents will help you get a balanced view of the developer.

Financing options

Developers usually have different financing options for buyers, especially for overseas investors. From flexible payment arrangements to special interest rates from partner banks, it is important to carefully consider all of them to judge which would work the best for your budget and preference. It is also critical that you are fully aware of the additional charges that you might accrue as an overseas buyer, before committing to a developer.

After completing your extensive research, it is finally time for you to put all the information together to help you compare between your shortlisted developers that will help you make a balanced and informed decision.

Your property developer makes the difference between a smooth-sailing investment experience and one full of hassle and uncertainty. As such, it is important to do your research and pick the right one that will help to maximise your returns, as it goes beyond just your property. You are investing in a brand that you can trust and align with.

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