Kim Crossman: 10 things I learnt while preparing to purchase a home

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We partnered up with Kim Crossman as she embarks on her homeownership journey. Kim visited three Fletcher Living locations in Auckland; Waiata Shores (Conifer Grove), Park Green (Karaka) and Stonefields to find her perfect first home. Read her blog below to find out more about the Top 10 things she learnt while preparing to purchase her first home.

"Recently I started sharing my journey of wanting to at some point be a homeowner. At the moment  I live between two countries and have a career in the arts and I always thought because of my feast or famine lifestyle and unpredictability of work that being a homeowner would never be on the cards for me.

Check out my reel here

But recently I have been doing a lot of work on goal setting and manifesting and rather than killing my ideas and dreams I have decided to really start to enjoy the dreaming process. I’ve started to learn all I can so I can set myself up for success and have a north star of home ownership to head towards. One of the key things I have learnt about goal setting and manifesting is to be specific and crystal clear on what it is exactly that you want.

I reached out on my social platforms and asked ‘what do you wish you knew before embarking on your homeownership journey’ and here are the Top 10 responses that came back:

1- Look around, don’t be set on one particular area and keep an open mind. 

2- Use a mortgage broker (this one came up a lot)

3- Be prepared for never ending maintenance if you are buying an older home

4- Get a building report from a reputable builder

5- Make sure there is a decent school in the area (especially for re-sale)

6- Buy the worst house in the best street

7- Apartments are much less work

8- Have some money for appliances

9- Ideally have a living area that is north facing

10- Check out the neighbours next door and across the road

I have taken the first step and looked around some of the Fletcher Living communities based on the things I love. 

Check out my date with Tom when we were looking at some of their epic locations here"

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