Ask yourself the most important question:
Where do I want to live?
Then determine how much you want to spend. What type of lifestyle do you prefer? Does the idea of the easy living, communal lifestyle of a condo apartment or townhouse appeal? Or would you prefer to have the independence of your own house and yard?
Are you into city living, or do you prefer the space of the suburbs? Or does the calm of a rural environment draw you? There are pros and cons to each of these lifestyles. Click this country home buying guide to help you decide whether to buy rural or city property. And click here for advice on buying a country home.
You could spend countless hours surfing the web and would-be home buying guides for ideas while trying to put it all together,
You could explore the multitude of questions and answers on this home buyer guide (which will definitely help a lot),
You could take a real estate course which would provide you with the basic mechanics of house buying. Visit The Ontario Real Estate Association for information pertaining to real estate courses.
You could sell real estate for a few years to acquire sufficient knowledge and experience to act for yourself. For info on how to register as a real estate salesperson in Ontario, visit The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO).
You could take the easiest route by putting your trust in the ...
Then, you won't need home buying tips since they'll know all the ins and outs of helping clarify your wants and needs, and how to go about buying the right home. Allow them to serve as your trusted home buying guide personified.
As an experienced real estate agent, I always preferred to work with informed clients, or those who were not afraid to ask questions and didn't fear placing their trust in me. Therefore, if you need solid realty service and/or advice, be prepared to learn a lot and to trust that any agent I recommend will take good care of you.
Fortunately, the biggest percentage of my business resulted from repeat clients and their referrals. Trust was rarely an issue. But any sales rep I recommend will definitely be interested in talking with potential new clients to see if they and you are comfortable working together.
To provide answers to common questions, my dad Ross and I decided to create this knowledge-based website for former, current and new clients. We invest tons of time addressing the most common and recurring questions that we've received during our long careers. We hope you find it beneficial. If we've missed something and you have a question or comment to add or you'd like to arrange a consultation, please contact me. In the meantime visit the Homebuyer's Road Map, sponsored by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) for more buyer info.
I invite you to spend some time exploring this home buying guide to learn more buying tips. Your journey to home ownership will be much smoother and enjoyable. And don't forget to have fun buying a house!
If you're interested in a more definitive guide to buying and selling real estate, whether privately or with the
guidance of a qualified realty agent, check out Ross' book The Happy Agent.
It's full of tips and techniques developed during his successful 4
decade realty career. Learn how to search the market, evaluate property and negotiate an offer to purchase a home, including city, suburban and rural. A small investment of your time could conceivably save you thousands of dollars and a ton of stress, and help
you trade in real estate like a pro.
Available virtually everywhere print and e-books are sold.