Patience pays for new North Rockhampton first-home buyers
FOR Rockhampton's Mitch Crane the time was right to buy his first house.
Two weeks ago he got the keys to the North Rockhampton home and he and wife Jess couldn't be happier.
"We rented for that long, it feels good to have a place that's ours," Mitch said.
"We wanted to buy for years, but it never seemed quite right."
After keeping an eye on the city's property market for a few years, Mitch said he had noticed prices were starting to drop.
With their rental lease coming to an end and low interest rates, the couple decided it was time to start looking seriously.
"We decided it was now or never," Mitch said.
He admitted the pair was fairly fussy when it came to finding the perfect home and had a strict budget of $350,000.
Most of all they wanted something that didn't have to be renovated
"It was a bit hard to find things we wanted to meet that price," Mitch said.
But after less than a month of searching, they walked in to the house they knew they had to have.
Mitch said the pair was starting to think they'd have to compromise on their wish list before they turned up to the open house.
"We walked in and loved it straight away," he said.
After a bit of bargaining, the house was theirs for less than their budget.
Mitch said there were plenty of benefits to getting out of the rental market.
For one, he said their rental house never felt like a home.
"For us, it's pretty much on par with what we were paying rent-wise," Mitch said. "At least it's our own money going into our own house."