CHOOSING YOUR PATH
Buying a house can be a lot of fun, or it can be an exercise in prolonged frustration. Part of the difference comes down to market conditions, but a good home buyers plan mainly it’s about knowing what you’re doing and being strategic.
In my experience, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and the ability to walk in a straight line starts with a clear understanding of your destination. If you know where you’re going, you’ll get there quicker.
That’s why I believe whether you’re a first-time buyer or moving from one house to another, there are two key points in the home buyers plan:
The first is financial. You have to know what you can afford to spend, and what limits you can’t go beyond. We can help you to arrive at this number with our resources, or you can find it in other places. Either way it is a necessary piece of information to start with.
The second is personal. It’s good to know what you’re looking for, and to fully understand that sometimes takes some talking and thinking between the people who will be living in the house, and with me.
I encourage homebuyers not to make their wish list of what they hope to get for their money too specific. Starting with broad parameters allows for consideration, options and a narrowing of those parameters as you go through the process. If you insist on a private driveway, for instance, you may miss out on some excellent opportunities for houses with laneway access to a backyard garage. In this way, while not sharing a driveway is the goal, an ill-considered stipulation would leave some great opportunities unexplored.
To me, the process of looking for, finding, making an offer on and negotiating an agreement for the purchase of a home is inherently exciting. I work with my clients to keep it that way and to shield them from frustration. I help them stay focused on imagining their life going forward in the homes they consider.
The final, and most nerve-racking aspect of the process is the offer and negotiation. It’s hard to mitigate the nervousness that comes when you’re waiting for a response. It’s natural. The trick is to know your standards for what you want, and what you are prepared to pay for it. Sometimes people say “no”. Other times they say “yes”. At the end of the day, if you don’t buy one house you will buy another, and the one you do buy will be right for you. It’s a bit of a roller coaster, but as with most things, the anxiety matters a lot less when it’s over. You just have to know that it will be over, and you will be happy.
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