Buying Tips

Deciding to Buy

  • Know what you want – make a list of the things you need, like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms your family needs, and the proximity to work, shops and schools.

 

  • Understand market conditions – supply and demand can change from suburb to suburb, region to region. So, getting to know the market can help you get more for your money.

Choosing an Agent

The Relationship with your real estate agent has to be built on expertise, trust and mutual respect. After all, they will be acting as your eyes, ears and voice throughout the process. They have the responsibility to act in your best interests, to be completely honest to you. Here’s what a Pioneer agent will do:

  • Educate you about the current market

  • Discuss and analyze the maximum you can get with your budget

  • Guide you to homes that fit your criteria

  • Coordinate the work of other professionals you’ll need during the process

  • Negotiate with the seller on your behalf

  • Make sure all the required paperwork is fully completed, accurate and that deadlines are met

 

 

 

Finding Your Home

So now it’s time to find your dream home. Most people start off by having   a suburb in mind but a great agent may suggest options that you may not have thought of.

  • Choosing the right neighbourhood FOR YOU – Do you need to be close to schools, public transit, highways or where you work? Those are huge factors when choosing an area to live. Drive   around and check out the appearance of other homes in the area. Are they well taken care of? Of course, your agent will be able to inform you of property values in the area and how they’ve     changed over the years.

  • House Searching –When you visit homes, go with a partner – spouse, parent, friend – the more eyes, the better. Don’t ever          be shy about asking some tough questions regarding the home. Take some pictures or videos so you can reference it later.

  • View open houses with open eyes – curb appeal is one thing but try not to focus on the bells and whistles. Look out for things like doors and windows (what condition they’re in,) water leaks, squeaky floors, soggy areas around the yard that indicate poor drainage and could lead to a wet basement, missing shingles, lighting, etc. You’ll be getting a home inspection later, but it is advised to start with your own observations.

Making an Offer

It’s important that you don’t let your emotions get the better of you when making an offer. Remember, real estate is an investment. Your real estate agent is there to help you put together an Offer to Purchase and discuss all the details.

Closing the Sale

Closing day is the day you officially take ownership of your new home.