Buying A Home?

PURCHASER'S HELPFUL HINT So you want to buy a house? but you don't know where to start? This seems to be quite common among potential purchasers - particularly first time buyers.It is important to have a systematic approach to looking for a home. It makes buying a home so much easier. I thought I would take the time to outline the steps for you, as I see them. Here's the list.


  1. Locate the general area where you are interested in buying and familiarize yourself with it by driving around. You may want to see if the area is affordable by looking at the real estate ads in the newspaper.
  2. Find a local real estate agent who knows the area. Explain to the agent that your relationship will be on a trial basis and then use that agent exclusively - as long as you are working well together. Virtually all homes are listed MLS and can be shown by any agent. Loyalty to one agent will help to create a reciprocal loyalty to you. There are several ways in which a concerned agent can help to save you money.
  3. Before you look, go over your house, area and price requirements with your agent.
  4. Obtain copies of all area listings to read thoroughly. This will help you to weed out unsuitable properties to save time and energy.
  5. Go over your finances with your agent. He/she should be able to give you an idea of what you can afford, required downpayment, closing costs, lawyers fees, etc. Your agent should also have an idea of which financial institutions would be most responsive to your needs. If possible, go to A lender and get pre-approved for your mortgage.
  6. When you do go to look at property, wear comfortable clothing and slip on shoes (you'll be taking your shoes on and off endlessly). Take copies of the listings for the properties which you are going to see. Write your comments in the margin - it can be difficult to remember 5 to 10 properties at the end of the day without doing this.
  7. You may want to view properties a second time when you get a short list of possibilities.
  8. make your offer conditional on the approval of a property inspector. The fee for this service is small - it may save you money in the long run.
  9. By this time you should have a feel for the values of properties in the area. You should also have an idea of what you want and what you can afford. It's time to make an offer! (The only thing you will need to make the offer is a deposit cheque. This is the last money that will be required from you until closing. The amount of the deposit can vary from area to area. In our area, the average deposit is between $1,000 and $5,000. If you or your spouse will be hard to reach during the offer process, then the offer can be presented in one name - both names can then be registered on title on closing. )

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The sale and purchase of a home are the biggest investment decisions most of us will make in a lifetime - the biggest investment, not only in terms of dollars and cents, but of equal importance, in the future happiness of our families.

To assist you in making your choice, I am happy to offer you the services of a top real estate specialist. I know the various neighbourhoods in detail having sold 100’S OF homes like yours from West Vancouver to Boston Bar. I have complete information on all houses available for sale in any given area at any time, and most important, I know real estate values.

Through this combination of information, knowledge and with the help of technology, I will enable you to make the best buy possible. Saving you time and money.

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