Top Challenges When Buying a Home in Canberra and How to Solve Them

It’s been a tumultuous few years in the ACT property market. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, interest rate rises and the increasing costs of living, a variety of competing trends in Canberra have arisen.

While this means that absolute certainty is difficult when it comes to predicting and analysing Canberra real estate trends, one constant is that the ACT property buying process is always challenging for lone buyers or investors and will cost significant time, effort and stress.

As Canberra Buying Agents, we buy property in the ACT every day and have developed a keen understanding of the unique challenges that home buyers face. 

We wanted to share our ACT property observations to help you.

So, as of late, we have noticed significant challenges when it comes to:

  • Downsizing in Canberra
  • Upsizing in the ACT
  • finding properties that go to auction in Canberra
  • research burnout or property buyer’s fatigue

In today’s article, we will address each of these Canberra-specific property challenges and take a deep dive into how they can be solved with guidance from our expert team of Buyers Agents.

Challenges when looking to downsize in Canberra 

At Brady Marcs Buyers Agents, we help struggling ACT property buyers find, negotiate and purchase the home of their dreams in Canberra and surrounding suburbs every single day. 

In doing so, we gain a first-hand understanding of the market and have found that there is currently an enormous amount of downsizing activity, especially among older generations opting for inner-city living and smaller properties such as townhouses. 

The result?

“There is currently enormous competition for smaller homes and properties, driving up prices and leaving many lone buyers unsatisfied.”

As expert Canberra Buyers Agents, we are the competitive edge that our clients need when navigating this downsizing issue. 

With industry-insider knowledge developed over years of experience, wide-ranging selling agent connections and a stellar reputation for effective negotiation, we have helped multiple clients in this situation land a beneficial deal both before and after auctions, eclipsing the ‘average buyer’.

Challenges when looking to upsize in Canberra

With a recent trend toward downsizing in the ACT, you might expect a smoother buying process when it comes to larger, family-orientated homes in Canberra. Unfortunately, as many home buyers have recently found out, there remains an entirely different set of challenges when looking to upsize.

“Buyers who are looking to upsize are typically balancing the strenuous property buying process with a busy career and growing family. This places significant strain on all areas of daily life.”

At Brady Marcs Buyers Agency, we have had countless young families and other clients confide in us about the stresses of buying property in Canberra. 

By taking over all of the admin work, a qualified ACT Buyers Agent allows those looking to upsize to do so with less time, and overall, less stress.

Struggling to find properties that go to auction in Canberra

Perhaps the most significant challenge that we have noticed as Canberra Buyers Agents is a major decline in the number of properties going to auction, meaning many potential buyers are missing out on the opportunity to purchase their ideal ACT home.


“To increase the pool of potential buyers, many selling agents are becoming more transparent when it comes to providing a price guide either online or at open homes

With a much clearer understanding of property price, there has been an influx of off-market and pre-auction purchases in and around the ACT. However, with a trusted Buyers Agent like Brady Marcs by your side, you can put our experience and real estate buying expertise to the test as we ask Canberra selling agents all the right questions and negotiate on your behalf to secure the best possible deal before the auction.

Managing home buyer fatigue and property investor exhaustion

Another of the biggest challenges that Canberra and ACT property buyers face is trying to manage property search fatigue.

Thanks to endless websites and databases like realestate.com.au and All Homes, it’s never been easier to search for homes in the ACT. However, this can also be a curse in so far as it is difficult to separate yourself from the property-buying process.

Whether you are suffering from exhaustion or any of the other challenges we have discussed, we hear you, we acknowledge you and we, as Brady Marcs Canberra Buyers Agents, are here to help.


Brady Marcs is your trusted ACT Buyers Agency

In today’s extremely competitive ACT real estate market and Canberra property market, buyers need a dependable and empathetic Buyers Agent to help them get in, secure the best deal, negotiate on their behalf and represent their interests.

Brady Marcs Buyers Advisory is an experienced and dedicated Australian Buyers Agency with a genuinely passionate team who guides you through the entire buying process to find your ideal property. From first-home buyers to seasoned property investors, our integrity and expertise are for everyone, every goal and every property.

We even provide vendor advocacy services if you’re looking to sell your home before buying a new one. Contact us today to see how we can help you take a better property journey approach.