Finding the perfect home can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start and if you are unfamiliar with the residential property market. While there are many ways in which you can look at thousands of listings in the area you want to live, there are no guarantees that you will be able to find one that matches all of your needs.
Luckily there are several steps you can take to help you lock down the home of your dreams, without losing too much sleep.
Let’s take a look at some of our top tips:
Deciding Where to Stay
When you buy a home you are also investing in the neighbourhood you will be staying in. This is why it is so important to know exactly what the area has to offer. Start by identifying your wants and needs. If you have children, are there schools in the area? If you have to commute to and from the city for your work, is there public transport? If you love the outdoors, are there any hiking trails or nature reserves in the vicinity.
If your neighbourhood does not match your lifestyle needs, it does not make sense to live there. To avoid investing in an area you won’t fall in love with, do some research, before deciding where to stay.
Work With A Credible Real Estate Company
Another top tip is to find a credible real estate company to work with. This is particularly important when you are relocating to a different town, city or even province. As the local property experts in their respective area - they will be able to best advise you on how to go about finding your ideal property.
Find The Right Agent
Once you have secured a real estate company to work with, you will probably be dealing with a single agent. As buying a property is a personal journey, it is important that you feel comfortable with the person helping you find a home.
To identify, whether or not you would like to work with a specific agent - you can take a look at some of their existing listings, interview them and ask for references. All of these things will help you to decide on the right agent for you.
Visiting Show Houses
Try ‘window shopping’ for a home and visit a few showhouses. This is a great way to get a real-life feel for a property before purchasing it. You could even make a day of it and pop into several different showhouses in one day. Not only is this a fun outing but it will also help you find the home of your dreams, quicker.
Stay In The Loop
If your schedule prevents you from actively searching for properties or if you are too busy to visit showhouses every few weeks, there is a way to passively find your perfect abode. If you sign up for property alerts or real estate newsletters - you will be notified about new properties, matching your criteria and area, digitally.
If you are currently in the market for a new home, make sure to give the property experts at RE/MAX Masters a call today.
Author RE/MAX Masters