Buying a Home
Making Your Dream Home a Reality
Buying a home is a big decision – whether it’s your first home or your forever home. There’s a lot more to the home-buying process than searching online for the perfect listing that checks all the boxes. The key is being able to shop with both your heart and your head, and knowing how to differentiate between the two. This is why it pays to have an experienced real estate agent in your corner.
Getting Ready to Buy
Before you get caught up in the excitement of searching for the perfect home, consider the following questions:
1. How much can you afford?
Crunch the numbers and define your budget. By getting pre-approved for a mortgage in advance, you can go into your home search with a clear understanding of your true affordability, and a competitive edge when it comes to negotiating on an offer.
2. Are you set on a specific neighbourhood?
Before you narrow your search down to individual homes, consider what geographical area is best suited for your lifestyle. Keep the convenience factor in mind: how close is it in proximity to the amenities you use regularly?
3. What are your must-haves?
Put pen to paper (or pull out your phone) and create a list with three sections: must-haves, preferences, and deal breakers. This will help you gain clarity and you’ll refer back to it often when comparing homes.
4. Who’s on your team?
Having a team of trusted professionals in your corner to offer expert advice and guidance will help ensure you make the best decision for your finances and your future. This is why you want to choose a real estate expert who has your best interests top of mind. Your agent should be able to refer you to other reputable professionals as needed, such as a mortgage specialist, home inspector, and lawyer.
Why work with an agent?
You’ll save time. An agent can pinpoint homes that fit your needs and dismiss those that don’t.
You benefit from an experienced negotiator. Your agent will manage your offers and counter-offers, ensuring that you get the best possible price for your home.
You’ll get the right information. Your agent knows the neighbourhood and can give you accurate information on local real estate values, taxes, utility costs, services and amenities.
You can always count on great advice. Because your agent is familiar with the entire home purchasing process, he or she can advise you of your legal and financial options, and recommend appraisal, home inspection and contracting services.
Choose an agent who understands your needs
Here are a few questions to ask to help you determine if an agent is right for you:
- Will you be representing my interests?
- Do you have access to MLS information?
- Will you provide market evidence to support the price?
- Will you look after closing and possession details?
- Can you be contacted at any time?
Why Work With Me?
When it comes to buying your perfect home, there are many steps and decisions to navigate along the way. By partnering with me, you can rest assured knowing I will:
- Take the time to educate you on your options.
- Tailor your search to the homes that best fit your wish list.
- Stay ahead of market trends and offer professional advice and guidance.
- Connect you with the right professionals and resources.
- Help you make the decision that is best suited to your unique goals.
- Negotiate on your behalf and put you in an ideal position when making an offer.
Ready to get started? Let's connect and talk about your home ownership dreams.
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