How to buy a house like a pro

It takes most of us the grand total of 25 minutes and 30 seconds to decide whether to buy a new property. According to a study published earlier this month by Barratt Homes, that’s the average time we spend viewing a potential new home before making a decision – only seven minutes and 30 seconds more than what it takes us to choose a new pair of jeans. But acting on the spur of the moment is never a good idea when facing what’s probably the biggest financial commitment of our lives. So we have asked five property search agents – who purchase houses for a living – to share their top tips on how to buy a house.
Pictured: a penthouse interior at Barratt’s Oceana Boulevard development in Southampton

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