November 5, 2012

Are Buyers Overlooking Key Factors in Home Purchases?

Home buyers may be so swayed by the home’s appearance and price that they may be missing out on researching some other important factors about the home that may keep them happy there for years to come. Articles in U.S. News & World Report and the Community Associations Network highlight some of the most common areas that buyers’ are overlooking in their home purchases. Some of these overlooked areas include: 1. Nearby zoning. The surrounding area of a home or neighborhood can change drastically through the years so home buyers shouldn’t always assume that what they see today is what […]
October 8, 2012

Advice for Buyers (Part 1)

Finding the perfect home doesn’t happen in one day. It takes careful planning and lots of work. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to simplify the process. 1. Things to Consider Before Starting Your Search What Features Do You Need? Do you need an extra bathroom, a garage, a fenced backyard, or lower utility bills? Do you want a fireplace, a short drive to work, or maybe minimal yard work? Once your list is complete, decide what’s most important to you. What’s the Ideal Location? Where you live obviously affects your lifestyle; it’s also one of […]
September 10, 2012

Before You Buy Your First Home – Tips for a First-time Home Buyer

It’s not uncommon for a first-time home buyer to say to me, “Gosh, just last week I called you about buying a home and now I’m in about to move! How did this happen so fast?” The answer is it didn’t. First-time home buyers start the search long before most even realize it. Here’s what you can expect from your home shopping experience. You should buy a home. That’s what you’ve been hearing from friends and family, right? So, by now you have likely already weighed the benefits and decided that home ownership was the best decision for you. That’s […]
September 3, 2012

The Home Buying Process in a Nutshell

For First-time buyers, or those who haven’t purchased a home in a long time, the process of buying or selling a home can be a little daunting. Having a general understanding of what to expect can help. This is an outline of the typical home buying process. Emphasis on process — because it’s not an event , it’s a process that can take weeks to months, depending on a lot of variables. We also can emphasize typical, because the process can be different, depending on what type of purchase you have, like whether it’s a short sale or foreclosure, and […]
August 27, 2012

Buying Real Estate: The Tips And Tricks Of The Trade

Purchasing a property can be a scary prospect, especially if you have never dabbled in the real estate market before. However, it can also be the best investment you make and also has the added bonus of improving the quality of your life. This article will help both real estate newbies and veterans improve their knowledge of the real estate market. Even if you are buying your home only for yourself, you should have someone go with you to look at the house, preferably someone with home buying experience. An experienced home buyer might notice problems with a house that […]
August 20, 2012

How Much Home Can You Afford?

Making an Informed Investment If you’re in the market for a new home, take a moment to ask yourself a few key questions about what you should be looking for, how much you can comfortably afford to spend, and whether homeownership is right for you. How much home can you afford? Before you begin shopping for a home, prepare a simple budget, so you can figure out where most of your money is going on a monthly basis. If you aren’t sure how much you’re spending each month, use CMHC’s Household Budget Calculator to take a realistic look at your […]