This year might be a good time for you to find your ideal home in Vancouver or the Tri-Cities and, probably, at the ideal price as well.

So, if you are looking to become a homeowner this year, then these set of tips will surely make your way easier –

1. Hiring the right Realtor®

The trends for 2019 seem to indicate that we might be entering a period of time where sales prices and activities will be in the favour of the Buyers. This could very well give you an edge if you are considering getting into the real estate market. To make the most of it, ensure that you hire the right person for the job. Talk to a few Realtors® and find out which is the right one for you. Remember. the Realtor you choose should be familiar with the current market place as well as the area you are considering buying into. Ask them how long they have been selling properties in your chosen area and how many have they sold. Ask for a listings and sales report for the area, that will give you an idea of the actual market activity. Ensure the Realtor® you choose is familiar with all of the outside influences that effect the real estate market. This should help to get you the perfect deal (and, not shy away from driving a hard bargain). This is crucial in saving time and money.

2. Picking the right neighbourhood

It often happens that buyers purchase a house solely on its appeal but are later left distraught when they find that the neighbourhood is just not meant for them. Research well on the neighbourhood; ask questions about close-by amenities, like, nearest hospital, supermarket and schools. A good tip is to always research nearby schools even if you don’t have children because it will greatly affect the quality of the neighbourhood. Also, look at the neighbourhood at different times in the day (and, night) to really understand whether it is the right one for you. Just drive through a few times to see the amount of traffic, noise and what sort of a place it is in general.

3. Analyze dispassionately

Once you have seen a home (and, a neighbourhood) that you like, avoid rushing into the deal. Try to remove any emotion from the equation and look at the house with clear eyes and mind. Look at it dispassionately for a second and see whether it is actually worth what the seller’s asking for. You can always look for other options around the same neighbourhood and see whether they are better in terms of budget, comfort and appeal. Always allow yourself some time, to review the contract to ensure you understand all of your obligations as they are laid out in it. Remember, this is a legal and binding contract you are dealing with and you have the right to obtain legal advice if that would make you feel more comfortable with the whole process.

Just follow these simple tips and see how they help decide on the perfect home! In the meantime, if you have any questions or want some guidance on buying or selling a home, get in touch with me – Barrie Seaton – at barrie@barrieseaton.com or 778.229.6627.