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When you’re selling your house, it may be a stressful period with highs and lows, but you usually have a real estate agent working for you, and you can rest assured knowing they’re doing all they can to get the best outcome for your property.

Whereas when you’re on the other side of the transaction as the buyer, you’re somewhat left to fend for yourself and hope for the best.

There’s so much conflicting information out there, and every person and their dog seems to have an opinion on real estate, so it’s hard to know who to trust.

And while you’ll deal with selling agents along the way who may be lovely, they’re still working for the vendor and working hard to increase their commission, so their advice can only really be taken with a grain of salt.

If you’ve got the budget, a buyer’s agent can be your advocate on the ground, guiding you through the process, but for many people buying a place, every dollar counts and is needed to go towards the deposit.

Claire Corby, who is an experienced buyer’s agent, is passionate about helping support buyers, particularly those buying their first house.

She’s a third-generation Canberran who really knows the market, and has helped hundreds of others buy properties over the years, as well as investing extensively in property herself.

She’s now sharing her secrets and tried and tested methods through a brand new online course, My Own Home.

Claire Corby.

The six-week online course includes everything you need to know about buying a home, including insider tips and tricks, so people can get the expert advice of a buyer’s agent without the cost.

“When it comes to buying a house, many buyers are still doing the hard yards unsupported. I really want house hunters to know there is support out there without the sales pitch or pressure, and someone on their side who doesn’t stand to gain from the sale,” said Claire.

“Particularly as a first home buyer, it’s easy to make all the rookie errors. Buying a house is a big deal and huge financial commitment, and buyers really have an opportunity to either set themselves up for success and look after their future financial selves by doing it the smart and savvy way, or they can spend years wishing they’d done things differently and they’re always living with that regret. Really if they just had a clear game plan and a system, they wouldn’t have to go through all of that.”

With plenty of houses about to hit the market in the ACT and surrounds and a bumper spring sale ahead of us, Claire said now is the perfect time for potential buyers to arm themselves with everything they need to know so they can approach their search on the front foot.

The My Own Home course is specifically designed to save potential buyers time, stress, and money, while also offering them support along the way for what can often be an overwhelming process.

“A lot of people spend months if not years looking for property before they actually make the plunge and purchase something. That’s a lot of time spent at open homes, talking to agents, debating what they should do, scrolling online. This course actually reverse engineers that process and shows people how to work with a system so that they’re working smarter not harder and finding their right home sooner,” said Claire.

My Own Home is delivered online over six weeks, with each module delivered to participants each week to be completed in their own time. The course guides potential buyers through the process with an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process, from the early prep stages, to getting your keys and beyond. It covers buying in both ACT and NSW—Claire has bought on both sides of the border— and combines interviews with local industry experts, video tutorials, templates, and checklists.

Claire Corby.

Most importantly, the course also includes weekly Q&A Facebook live sessions so participants can get real-time support and ask questions.

“It’s all very well to give people the information and layout the steps and the system, but it’s important to also be able to ask questions. So in these sessions, people can clarify their understanding, have a bit of a cheer squad when times get tough, and have someone there to keep them on track and motivated towards their goal,” she said.

“It’s also really important to have the right people on your side who can not only talk the talk, but have walked the walk. So this way you have someone right beside you every step of the way who has actually achieved what you want to do hundreds of times over themselves.”

And the course isn’t just designed for first home buyers.

“Sometimes when you’re buying subsequent properties, you have different circumstances and you might be trying to do more with less. Especially if you’ve got kids that you need to have rooms for, and you might want to be in a similar area, but you’ve got in effect half the budget,” said Claire.

“There’s also a lot in there for people whose circumstances have changed, whether they’ve recently separated or are looking to downsize.”

The first My Own Home course starts on August 19, with enrolments closing 18 August.


What: My Own Home, a six-week online course that will teach you everything you need to know about buying a home.
When: Enrolments close midnight, August 18. Course commences August 19.
Visit: myownhome.com.au
Cost: $735 if paid in full, or 3 fortnightly payments of $245. HerCanberra readers can get 25% off the course fee. Just enter the code HERCBR at checkout. Discount valid until midnight 18 August.


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