Home buying can be a daunting and complex process. But with a REALTOR® at your side, it doesn’t have to be. Remember, a REALTOR® works for you and must, by law, look after your best interests. So take a few minutes and learn how a REALTOR® can help you find what you’re looking for.
6. Find a REALTOR® who is right for you
REALTORS® aren’t just people who help find you a home. They’re an invaluable resource for knowledge, contacts and advice that help turn buying a piece of property into a home. Here we explain what you can expect when you enlist the help of a REALTOR®.
7. See what’s out there
Now’s the time to pound the pavement and see what’s available. This step can be either incredibly fun or incredibly exhausting. But with an expert REALTOR® at your side, you’ll be able to sift through to your dream home much more effectively.
Read and see all about it
- Start reading real estate ads in local papers.
- Visit the areas you’re considering to get a feel for them.
- Make note of surrounding schools, shopping and recreational areas.
- Keep an eye out for not-so-great things like large industrial areas, railway tracks and airports.
- Visit during the day and at night.
Open Houses, come on in
‘Open Houses’ are a great way to see inside the homes of your potential neighborhood. If a REALTOR® is hosting the open house, he or she probably knows the local market inside and out, and will be happy to answer your questions – don’t be afraid to ask!
Welcome to the wonders of www.REALTOR.ca
REALTORS® have access to incredible house-hunting tools called MLS® Systems, which are operated by real estate Boards across Canada. You can view publicly available information about MLS®listings at www.REALTOR.ca. Your REALTOR® can start sending you listings of potential homes right away. Most listings will have multiple photos, and some even have moving 360-degree views! And with the interactive mapping feature, you’ll be amazed how fast and easy it is to zero in on your favourite few homes.
Stay objective when visiting potential homes
Walking through a potential home is a thrill, but try not to lose your head. Don’t let a giant kitchen island or swanky hot tub distract you from your real goal, finding a home that meets all your needs and fits your budget.
Arm yourself with this House Hunting Checklist and bring it with you to homes you’re serious about buying. Good luck and happy hunting!