Have you ever wished for a personal advisor to follow you everywhere, answering your every question and query for you? In real estate, an advisor like this may well be impossible in human form but the MoneySense Guide to Buying and Selling Your Home hosts all the answers that you need (and want!) to get.

For example, if you’re thinking about buying a home, it’s common to be perplexed about what you can afford.

If you’re looking to relocate, you may want to take neighbourhoods, home values, and weather into consideration.

The MoneySense Guide to Buying and Selling Your Home can help you find these answers.

Here are a few of my favourite tips:

  1. Make sure you’re a condo person
    Before you even think about looking for a condo, ask yourself whether you’re suited to the lifestyle. That means being comfortable living with certain rules, and in close proximity to others. You’ll also need to make sure you’re okay with shared common areas and condo board politics.
  2. Work with people who know condos
    Hire a professional realtor to help with the buying process. Then speak with a mortgage broker (or meet directly with lenders) so you get a feel for the type of mortgage you will qualify for before you start your search. You should also make sure you have a good lawyer to review both the offer to buy and your financing arrangements. 
  3. Recognize that the Internet has changed the game  
    In 2001 about 41% of all home buyers checked out houses online. Last year, that number was about 90%, according to the U.S.-based National Association of Realtors’ Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.  
    “The widespread use of the Internet changes a lot of things,” says Kelowna real estate broker Steven Bergg. The first is the importance of listing photographs. When Bergg lists a house, he insists it be decluttered and then hires a professional photographer.
    “People go online and narrow down the list of houses they’re going to see based on the pictures,”
    he says.

To pick up a copy of Canada’s Best Guide to Buying and Selling Your Home, visit a Shopper’s Drug Mart near you!

A realtor is still your best resource! I’ve enjoyed 20 successful years in the industry – call me first when making your real estate buying and selling decisions.

416-550-7555

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