Private Client Services


FIVE ESSENTIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS 

1. Don’t go on blind dates

Don’t be set up. Assess in great detail what you are looking for in a home. The more strict and structured you make your needs/wants list beforehand, the less likely you are to be blinded when you view a house.

You may get excited by the glass tile tub surround but don’t overlook the fact that one of your requirements was an attached garage. That tile is pretty, but it’s not going to keep your car warm and dry all winter long!

Set strict priorities and you are far more likely to get a house that you can have a long-term relationship with.

2. Don’t go alone

Having a real estate professional on your side will help you during every stage of the home buying process. From getting advance notice of newly listed properties, skilled negotiation, and help with paperwork, having someone on your side is extremely important.

3. Buy a lifestyle as well as a house

Owning a home is a major life adjustment. Not only do you have to keep in consideration the layout of the house itself, but you will need to consider the surrounding areas as well. Things such as the locations of schools, churches, doctors, parks and anything else you consider important to your lifestyle should be taken into account.

You will not spend every minute of your time in your home and therefore you need to look at the overall picture when purchasing a house.

4. Your house will also own you

Buy within your means.

When you get pre-approved for a mortgage, focus on seeing that number as a maximum.

Getting pre-approved for an amount slightly higher than you were considering spending in the first place can be very tempting with the new options that a higher price range opens up.

Buying even a little out of your means can make a big impact on your finances for years to come. Particularly as a new homeowner, you may be surprised by the increase in utilities, and the burden of expenses like property taxes and maintenance.

Don’t over-extend yourself. Remember: “House-Broken” can happen to people, not just pets!

5. Have fun!

Despite the potential drawbacks, buying your first house is an exciting, enjoyable, life-changing event!

Owning your own home can have an overwhelmingly positive effect on your finances, your lifestyle, and your well-being.

Enjoy shopping for a home and making plans about redecorating, landscaping, and planning rooms.

You only get to buy your first house once, so don’t forget to enjoy the ride!

 

My Private Client Server automatically sends you every listing that is registered that matches your criteria on the day that the real estate agents get the information from the hotsheets. That way, you do not have to register on every company and agent's notifier, they get sent to you. All you need to do is tell me what type of home you are looking for, area preferred, price range and anything else that is important to you as well as your email address and I will start this service for you.

It is password protected and you only get listings that match your criteria. You can see this could save you hours, before the rest of the world knows, and this could be very important to you if you are seriously looking for the perfect home and you have had the frustration of finding it already has an offer by the time you find it. If you are interested in my service, I can start it up for you. All I ask is that if, because of this service, that when and if you are ready to buy a home and are looking for an agent to represent you, that you give me a call. I would appreciate the honour of finding you the perfect home!


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