What are important things to look for when buying a home?


house-searchThe answer to this question has much to do with who the Buyer is, their lifestyle, and stage in life as well as a many other factors that experienced real estate agent evaluate when assisting Buyers.

To flesh out these nuances, ensure that you spend the time with your real estate agent to perform a Buyer review. This is typically an interview where you sit down and review every aspect of buying a home. Ensuring that there are no issues that would prevent you from buying the home you desire, determining the best criteria for your new home, as well as  educating you to the entire process from start to finish.

Following this review you should have a good knowledge and comfort with the process you will be undertaking, a detailed understanding of the criteria you require in a home, and knowledge of how to go about selecting the best property. Essentially, after this review, all that is remaining for you is to pick the property that you “love” because you will only be viewing homes that fit all of your criteria – making the selection process that much easier and saving you an enormous amount of time.

If there is one common theme in all of these reviews that highlight the most important element to look for when buying it would be to “buy what you can”t change”

What do we mean by this?

Aspects of a property that you cannot change would be:

  •  location and surrounding nieghborhood
  • Zoning, restrictions, bylaws and regulations
  • Any other factors that are outside of your control or too onerous to change such as major structural issues.

The components of a property that you can change are:

  • Cosmetics (paint, flooring and decorating)
  • Minor plan shifting (moving or opening a few walls)
  • Non-structural repairs
  • Landscaping

Often the best value can be discovered hidden in properties that are the least appealing, but with issues that are easily overcome. Conversely some of the biggest problems we have witnessed arise from properties that had lots of surface appeal masking a location issue, structural problem or other permanent condition. It”s easy to fall prey to these, so be certain to rely on an experienced real estate agent to guide you past these and shed light on the more important aspects of a property. Also, ensure that you insist on a home inspection as a condition of the purchase to ensure that you discover any serious issues that may be hidden beyond obvious sight.

There are more permutations and quirks to buying the right home than can be described in a synopsis, however the most important point is to ensure that you get the best representation on your side. Choosing the best real estate agent to find the perfect home won”t cost you any more and can save you much more than dollars – it can affect the rest of your life. Sano Stante real estate group has provided over 27 years of expert real estate service to thousands of satisfied homeowners.


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