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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There’s more to a good home buyers plan and buying a house than poking though rooms and neighbourhoods. Finding the right home is a journey from a non-specific inner vision to the reality of market opportunity. Knowing you well is my best tool for getting you into the home that you want with minimized fuss and challenge.


The truth is that there are many more homes out there that you don’t want than homes that you want, and you shouldn’t waste your time. On the other hand, you don’t want to miss your potential dream home. Knowing both you and the market means finding the balance that gives you choice without feeling overwhelmed.


You never know what home will inspire “the look.” What is the look exactly? It’s the pause of wonder that home-hunters get when a house just seems right. Sometimes they exactly meet your wish list, and just as often they would have seemed a bit off the mark. There’s no explaining it, but getting there means getting out there and looking.


Your new house is out there. Getting it means finding something within your resources and knowing the factors that will put you in front of any other offers. Sometimes it means knowing when to walk away, and sometimes it means knowing when to push or influence. Knowing the difference between the two is where experience pays off.


There’s a key to a new house with your name on it