Buying a family home is a huge commitment, both financially and emotionally. If your family is looking to purchase real estate in or around Wagga, check out these three tips to help you find an affordable family home in the Riverina area.
Look outside of the box
If you’re looking for the perfect family home but you can’t afford high city prices, consider suburbs on the outskirts of Wagga that are set for future growth. Central Wagga can be very expensive due to the allure of convenient proximity of shops and amenities. Forest Hill, however, has affordable real estate, is a quick 10 minute drive from the Wagga CBD, and has a supermarket, primary school, excellent school bus routes and plenty of public transport. Coolamon, Uranquinty and Ladysmith are similarly cheaper to buy a family home, yet within a comfortable driving range to Wagga CBD for work and school commutes. Spend a little time researching and exploring the suburbs and towns just beyond Wagga’s city limits to discover an affordable location for your next family home.
Purchase land and find a competitive builder
If you’re not in a hurry, consider purchasing an affordable block of land and shop around to find a competitively-priced home builder in Wagga. Look for private land sales and auctions to snap up a bargain. For a block of land close to schools and Wagga CBD, check out the latest land releases in Boorooma, Kooringal and Lloyd. If you or your partner has building or construction experience, or you’re willing to get your hands dirty, you may be able to negotiate with your home builder to assist with some of the work yourself to save labour costs.
Downsize to save dollars
While you may dream of a parent’s retreat, games room or a separate wing for the children’s bedrooms, a large home also has a large price tag, mortgage and ongoing maintenance costs. To find an affordable family home in Wagga, consider looking for a smaller home in a suburb such as Tatton, Lake Albert or Brunslea Park, with access to plenty of parks, sport facilities and family activities. A home with smaller square footage can still be comfortable for your family, particularly when there is a good-sized yard, shed or undercover area for outdoor play and quality family time.
For advice specifically tailored to your family’s needs, make an appointment with your trusted, professional Wagga real estate agent for expert advice and up-to-date local knowledge.