THE first step is often the hardest, especially when it comes to buying your first home.
Thankfully, the real estate market is in the perfect position to allow even those on a low budget to get their foot on the property ladder.
Compact living may not be for everyone, however apartments are low maintenance and perfect for couples or young families.
With extensive gardens, secure parking and sometimes even a pool, living in a complex can provide buyers with facilities they would never be able to afford otherwise.
See for yourself in these five two-bedroom units on the market for less than $200,000.
4/44 Mulligan Way, Orelia
Belonging to a complex of only 10 units, this neat apartment is on the ground floor and gives buyers access to a swimming pool and secure parking bay.
It has two bedrooms with mirrored built-in robes, study and central living area overlooked by a galley-style kitchen.
Along with reverse-cycle air-conditioning and a combined bathroom/laundry, the unit has access to a private courtyard.
It is for sale with Elders Gateway for $165,000.
5/61-63 Frederick Street, Shoalwater
A short distance from the beach, this unit has a recently renovated kitchen, timber flooring and quality window treatments.
The combined bathroom and laundry is newly refreshed.
As well as a central living/dining area, the unit has a spacious courtyard garden with a garden shed and a single parking bay.
It is for sale with LJ Hooker Rockingham from $185,000.
27/21 Disney Road, Parmelia
This third-floor apartment has built-in robes, reverse-cycle airconditioner and balcony, perfect for outdoor dining.
Surrounded by neat gardens, it also has access to a private storeroom and single undercover parking bay.
As well as two bedrooms and a neat kitchen, there is a combined bathroom and laundry.
The unit is for sale with De Freitas & Ryan Rockingham for $189,000.
4/15 Corvus Place, Rockingham
Within walking distance of Rockingham’s central amenities, this unit is currently tenanted until early 2018 at $180 per week.
The ground-floor unit has security screens, courtyard garden with enclosed rear patio and security screens.
Along with two bedrooms, a combined bathroom and laundry, there is a galley-style kitchen with plenty of storage.
The unit is for sale with Acton Rockingham from $150,000.
6/18 Waller Street, Rockingham
Only 800m from the beach, this recently-renovated ground-floor unit has security doors and windows, a bore-reticulated front garden, roller shutters and timber-look flooring.
The kitchen and combined bathroom and laundry are bright and fresh, with stainless steel appliance and quality fixtures.
The unit is for sale with Acton Rockingham in the high $100,000’s.