I understand the relationship between homebuyers and agents must be based on trust, mutual goals, and understanding - this is why I always keep your interests first and foremost. The real estate process requires negotiation of complex issues; I am committed to working in your best interests. I will help you secure the best possible price, with the most favourable terms, in the shortest period of time.
When searching for your dream home, it’s important to be well informed of the Real Estate market. To help you with this process, consider the following factors: What features do you require in a home to satisfy your lifestyle now? Five years from now? Will your needs change? What’s your budget? These decision only you can make, but I will do everything possible to match you with your dream home.
It’s back to the basics when it comes time to buying a home. Regardless of your home-buying experience and financial status, the process of making a list is fundamental to your success. Find your favorite place to sit and make a list of what you want in your next home. To accomplish this, you must reserve a time with no interruptions, when you feel happy and can dream just a little. You are not creating a "restrictions list" or a "time to be practical list." instead you are asking yourself, "What do I really want?" This includes thinking about ideal locations, how long you plan to live there, what your future goals might be, your family dynamics, your existing furniture, and what size your room and overall home should be.
You may be looking for your first home, trading up to find more space or a better location, or investing in a fixer upper to rent or call home. Buying a home is exciting, but also incredibly expensive. It’s not the same as buying groceries, where you are familiar with the products and have done it over and over again for years. Buying a home is unique every time you do it. New market conditions create exciting opportunities, your finances and interest rates keep the search interesting, and available properties change daily.
1. Never Go it Alone
Get a Professional in Your Corner
The seller is often responsible for paying the co-operating broker so why wouldn’t you use someone else’s money to utilize the services of a professional. It’s free and it’s a professional dedicated to you and you alone.
Finding a home is only one part of the equation. With purchase agreements, mortgages, home inspections, easements, legal status to address, it can be complicated. Research suggests, and my experience in the business will tell you that I will save you money in most cases: You have your own professional who knows how to present your offer in the best light for ultimate success.
2. Do your Homework
Location, Schools, Life (LSL)
Location is often the gateway to schools and your quality of life. Some important questions to ask yourself — "How will my kids get to school and how will I get to work?", "Where are the schools my children will be attending and are they in the catchment area of our home?" It’s never too early to be thinking about primary, middle, and secondary schools. "Do the schools fit my child’s needs educationally?" "How far is public transportation?" "Where are the essentials located - groceries, doctors, hospital, and recreational areas?" "Where are sports teams located?" While it is important to be flexible and open mind, the older I get and more experienced I become, I find that the right location can transform your day to day.
3. No Jonesing It
Who cares what your friends think because this is only about you.
I saw first hand the impact of the "financial" crisis of 2008 in USA. This worldwide impact provided a first hand look at how the crisis impacted families, children and ultimately impacting choices. The experience changed who I am fundamentally, both in my personal life and how I do business. My business model today is predicated on those experiences. It’s important to know what you can afford by meeting early with a banking or financial professional. Knowing your future goals will be very helpful, and provide you with tremendous peace of mind. Ask yourself, what will you be doing in 10 or 20 years? If you weren’t house burdened, what could you be doing? The biggest lessons for me, my clients, and friends since the US 2008 crash is to keep it real! When you know what is right with you, there is no reason to keep up with the Jones.
FOCUS on combining your wish list with my market knowledge.
CONNECT you to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) with speed
EXPOSE you to my “Hot Sheets”, “In-House Exclusive” listings, and “Relevant Market Insights”
PROVIDE creative, out of the box options to you
WORK on your behalf and at your convenience
ENSURE on-going communication with a sincere focus on your timeline
PERSONALLY GUARANTEED phone off policy (except if my kids have set my home on fire!)
PREPARE offers at your request in a timely manner
OFFER strategies and guidance
NEGOTIATE the lowest possible price for you
PROVIDE a list of professionals when a service expert is required