Ottawa home buyers
Buying an Ottawa home is a big and exciting decision – and I hope to make it a great decision for you! My job is not only to save you time and money when negotiating. My role as a buyer agent is to find a home where you will be happy for many years.
What are some of the crucial aspects for finding you a great home?
In any transaction timing is absolutely crucial. The real estate market in Ottawa changes literally daily. The home you see today may be sold or come off the market by tomorrow. A seller may be very motivated today less so tomorrow. When you see a home that really interest you let me know immediately so I can find out as much detail as possible.
Searching haphazardly will not only waste your time, it will likely lead to never find the perfect home. I always recommend an approach where we start from the big picture factors then narrow things down.
- Establish your price range
- Find the best neighbourhood for your lifestyle, commute, school, recreation and price range
- Select the best type of houses – townhouse, single house, bungalow etc
- Analyze your ‘must have’ vs ‘good to have’ features
- Secure the best home for you before it sells
Strong negotiating skills is one of the most important factors you should look for in a real estate agent. Having a strong agent on your side will literally save you thousands in costs and still help you secure the property for you.
Do not overlook the importance of a thorough home inspection. No home will be ‘trouble and maintenance free’. You absolutely want to know what your are buying. A great inspector is an important part of your real estate team.
A great lawyer is a peace of mind. Although rare in Ottawa, legal issue do arise occasionally. Have the best lawyer on your side to protect your interests.
Mortgage brokers offer much more than the ‘lowest rates’. There are many factors that makes a mortgage excellent for you. A great mortgage broker will ask you about your real estate plan and find you the best mortgage available. Factors such as penalties, variable vs closed rates, amortization are only some of the important things to consider when selecting a mortgage.
Contact me for a meeting before you start your home search!