Buying a home is a big decision – whether it’s your first home or your forever home. There’s a lot more to the home-buying process than searching online for the perfect listing that checks all the boxes. The key is being able to shop with both your heart and your head, and knowing how to differentiate between the two. This is why it pays to have an experienced real estate agent in your corner.
Getting Ready to Buy
Before you get caught up in the excitement of searching for the perfect home, consider the following questions:
1. How much can you afford?
Crunch the numbers and define your budget. By getting pre-approved for a mortgage in advance, you can go into your home search with a clear understanding of your true affordability, and a competitive edge when it comes to negotiating on an offer.
2. Are you set on a specific neighbourhood?
Before you narrow your search down to individual homes, consider what geographical area is best suited for your lifestyle. Keep the convenience factor in mind: how close is it in proximity to the amenities you use regularly?
3. What are your must-haves?
Put pen to paper (or pull out your phone) and create a list with three sections: must-haves, preferences, and deal breakers. This will help you gain clarity and you’ll refer back to it often when comparing homes.
4. Who’s on your team?
Having a team of trusted professionals in your corner to offer expert advice and guidance will help ensure you make the best decision for your finances and your future. This is why you want to choose a real estate expert who has your best interests top of mind. Your agent should be able to refer you to other reputable professionals as needed, such as a mortgage specialist, home inspector, and lawyer.
Why Work With Us?
When it comes to buying your perfect home, there are many steps and decisions to navigate along the way. By partnering with us, you can rest assured knowing we will:
Take the time to educate you on your options.
Tailor your search to the homes that best fit your wish list.
Stay ahead of market trends and offer professional advice and guidance.
Connect you with the right professionals and resources.
Help you make the decision that is best suited to your unique goals.
Negotiate on your behalf and put you in an ideal position when making an offer.
Ready to get started? Connect with us and let’s talk about your home ownership dreams.
Alasdair Douglas is a professional, full-service Realtor providing trusted advice and excellent service to Buyers and Sellers of residential, multi-family and licensed student housing in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding real estate markets since 2005. Alasdair is proud of his reputation for providing the highest levels of service, detailed market analysis and statistics, clear and timely communication and effective negotiation skills always focused on the best interests, goals and wishes of his clients. As a lifelong resident of Waterloo Region, except for a few years in Scotland, Alasdair has witnessed our Region’s growth from an industrial & manufacturing economy to our current technology and ser vice economy. The growth of our libraries, schools, parks, trails, public spaces and festivals has made Waterloo Region one of the best places to live in Canada. Alasdair is committed to our community. As a proud member of The Rotary Club of Kitchener Alasdair participates in fundraising and hands-on activities supporting local shelter efforts, the Kidsabilty Rehabilitation Center and Rotary International’s Polio Plus initiative. Alasdair also supports local women’s shelters and education efforts through the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.