And how I can help.
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. Think Long Term.
Research has shown that homeowners typically reside in any given residence 14 years before selling their home. With that said – consider your future, and plan accordingly. In order to find your dream home, you need to consider your dreams.
5. Understand Needs vs Wants & Cosmetics vs “Bones”
And stick with your must-haves. This is very important when sorting through the world of Real Estate. Understanding what your capable of, or not, will help with see through needs vs wants cosmetically. Understanding what is essential versus what is available in particular price ranges.
Break out the pen and paper, and make a good old fashioned list!
6. Who’s on your team?
Having a trusted professional 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 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? Connect with me and let’s talk about your home ownership dreams.