Buying a home?

Whether you’re a first time buyer or a seasoned pro, buying the right home is a big decision. We can help. We will help you to find and purchase the best home for your needs, desires and budget.

Know the Market

Beyond the right home in the right location, you want the right price. Before making an offer to purchase a home, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What have similar properties sold for in the immediate area?
  • How long were they on the market?
  • How does this property compare?
  • Is it over-priced, under-priced or fair value?

Know the neighborhood

Choosing a neighbourhood is a personal decision that often hinges on hundreds of different factors. Here are some tips:

  • Walk or drive around the neighbourhood both during the day and at night.
  • Check the availability of community amenities such as public transportation, parks, stores, churches and schools. If you have school-age children, you may even want to visit the schools and daycare centers.
  • Travel the new driving route to and from work during the appropriate times to see what traffic is like.
  • Talk to neighbours. They are a valuable source for community information.

Common buying mistakes

The selling and buying of a house can be a stressful and confusing process. This list of common pitfalls should help.

  • Looking for a house without getting pre-approved by a lender
  • Failing to check out the neighborhood thoroughly before buying
  • Making an offer based upon the asking price, not the actual market value
  • Letting “first impression” affect your decision too much
  • Buying a home without a professional home inspection.
  • Assuming that the Bank’s mortgage rates are written in stone
  • Not shopping for home insurance until you are ready to move
  • Not knowing your rights and obligations

How Realtors help

Good Realtors spend a lot of time and energy to know their local market and neighbourhoods inside and out. When you work with a professional Realtor who understands your needs, wants, time frame and budget, you will achieve your goal: the right home at the right price.