6 Tips for Homebuying Success

You did it! You have saved, saved, and saved some more and you finally have the money needed for a down payment! This is an exciting time for you—and also one that can be filled with questions. As a first-time homebuyer, the market can be confusing and misleading. However, there are tips that you can use that will make the process a memorable one for the right reasons.

  1. Research the Area

Really get to know the community you are looking at buying in. Find out what it has to offer in terms of nearby schools, drive time distances to work, and other destinations. Your dream home may become less dreamy when you discover you are 30 minutes away from the nearest grocery store!

 

  1. Get a Home Inspection

A home inspection will put your mind at ease that your prospective purchase is in good condition. The last thing you want are unexpected surprises once you move in and it’s too late. Make sure you choose a credited home inspector and review the report with them understanding that any repairs will be money out of your pocket once you own the home. Knowing all the facts is a good thing!

 

  1. Use a Mortgage Broker

One of the easiest choices you can make during this process is to work with a mortgage broker—and get pre-approved! Pre-approval will give you a set budget that your realtor can work off of. This way you can have your dream home—but stay on budget too.

 

  1. Avoid Large Purchases while House Hunting

As a first-time buyer, you will want to avoid making any large credit purchases while you are house-hunting. Large credit purchases will alter your debt-to-income ratio which will directly affect how much you qualify for a loan. The less you have in the “debt” category typically will result in you qualifying for more.

 

  1. Look past Décor

When entering a home, you have to look past the cosmetic décor items such as paint colour, furniture, finishes, etc. They are easy, low cost changes that you can easily switch out if you choose to purchase the home. As a buyer, remember that the homes you are looking at will undoubtedly have the current owners touch to it but this is easily fixed.

 

  1. Make a List

While you will need to retain some flexibility in this list, make a list of both your needs and wants. Your list should encompass your basic desires (like neighbourhood and size), all the way down to the smaller details like kitchen and bathroom layout. Match the property as closely as possible to your list and be honest with your realtor when looking at properties.

Finally, use a local realtor! Realtors that are well-versed in the area will have a better idea of fair-market value in the area. This will allow you to make an offer that is in line with the true price of the home vs. the listing price. Using a local realtor will also help you to have more insights into the neighborhood. They can help you determine the walk-score, tell you about nearby points of interest and have information about the general population in the area. A realtor well-versed in the area can be an invaluable resource especially for first time buyers!

Are you a first-time homebuyer? Give us a call at Young Real Estate Group and we will meet with you to help start the process!

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July Market Update

July’s market update is live! As we head into the dog-days of summer, real estate is still going strong in the Fraser Valley. We are still in a Seller’s Market, with a 43% home selling rate.

There were a total of 4087 active listings in July. This is up from the previous year slightly. There were 1744 sales made in July, which was on par with last year’s sales at this time as well.

One of the most interesting, and still a concern for many first time and buyers in general, was the rise in sale price of 15% from last year. The main issue that is driving prices up continuously is the lack of inventory. Despite a record setting month in construction, there is still a high demand and low supply.

If you would like to see your snap-stats report for your area, get in touch with us and we will set you up!

4 Secrets of Real Estate Investing

The recent boom in BC real estate is getting people excited about real estate investing. Investing in real estate can give you a strong source of income and move you toward financial freedom and the life you have always imagined. Here are 4 key Secrets to buying your first investment property.

  1. Budget—and Stick to It

One of the most important aspects of investing is ensuring you understand your borrowing limitations. Blindly looking at properties before assessing your finances can be a recipe for disaster. Take the time to meet with a qualified mortgage broker to determine how much you can afford to borrow responsibly before you start shopping.

  1. Find the Right Property

Once you have a set budget, you can begin looking for a property. It may be tempting to scour the listings on your own, but working with an experienced local realtor will be a great addition to your team. Working with someone who has first-hand experience in investing will help you find the right property, on budget, in the right area, and provide you a higher return.

  1. Have a Home Inspection Done

Any property you want to purchase should be inspected.  Find a licensed home inspector who will point out any potential problems with the property. This can help you avoid costly repairs down the road. Also, if there are minor updates needed to the home, find a contractor who you can trust can put value back into the property when the time comes to sell or rent it out.

  1. Keep Records of Everything

Keep proper records of income and expenses for your property. Set up a separate, business account so you can easily trace your expenses associated with your real estate investing. This will make tax season and filing a breeze each year.  Along the same lines, if you are buying with a partner ensure you have an agreement in place to protect both of you should things not work out as planned. Have your lawyer draft or review the agreement.

As a bonus tip, it is important to take time to build your “investment team”. Finding people that you can trust and work can make a large impact on your success. To build your network come to our Investors Network Seminar on Tuesday August 15. We are a dedicated group of entrepreneurs who can advise and guide you. You also get monthly training about the real estate market, mortgage changes, and much more!

As always, if you have questions or would like to find the right property, give us a call. Young Real Estate Group is here for you!