I believe impermanence is looking in other states, specifically QLD.
I understand that it is important to do your own research etc. I don't understand why people are so against a BA especially for the first one. It is the time when you are most likely to make a mistake due to inexperience and the risk associated with a mistake is highest, your entire investment risk is spread into one property. You can use the buying process with a BA as a mentoring experience giving you confidence in the future.
Sure it is not for everyone and becoming independent should be a goal, however imo the first purchase and interstate purchases are two times you can most benefit from a BA. As the OP is doing both imo a BA wouldn't be a terrible and maybe a good choice.
Exactly my thoughts, if you are buying for the first time and don't have confidence then why not learn from someone who has done it before.
Myself I never have and probably never will, only time I could think is if I was buying interstate which would be in Brisbane but then I have my father there so I doubt I would use them as he is my mentor in property investment and has bought dozens of properties all in Brisbane.
I wouldn't though discourage others from using a BA it is that I had confidence and guidance from my father on my first property but if I didn't have him for my first one I probably would of engaged a BA.