My Philosophy

Buy Smarter

Whether you are a first-time home buyer, looking for a home for your growing family or simply looking to make a move, understanding and knowing market trends is paramount.

Learn to,

Whenever buying a home for my clients, understanding your needs, wants and desires is essential. But that isn’t what buying smarter is all about. Knowing what you can afford is obviously important, but you must also understand your competitive advantage and exit strategy when buying a home. I believe this is where hiring the right agent can make all the difference.

Canadian real estate over the past decade has seen unprecedent growth and change, most significantly the exposure from international markets and investors. How does this effect you as a buyer? How may this change going forward? How can you be better prepared in securing the right property for you?

  • Have you met with your bank/financial institution?
  • Is the person you are working with responsive, honest and has explained to you in detail your obligations and what you can and cannot afford?
  • Do you have a written commitment?
  • Interview agents, we are your employees and you want to hire the best one for your best interest.
  • No two clients are the same and no two agents are either, just because an agent worked well for your sister, they may not be the right fit for you.
  • Is your agent too busy to return your call or address your concerns directly and promptly?
  • Can you fire your agent without creating an awkward situation or ramifications?
  • My written pledge.
  • Not ready to buy just yet, no problem, I can still offer you valuable information at no obligation. Call me.
  • Make a wish list
  • Let’s make a realistic wish list
  • Identifying the right neighbourhoods
  • Planning and committing to the process.
  • Can’t find what you are looking for, how can I help get you something that might not be on the market right now?
  • Let’s look at comparable properties that are on the market or have sold recently to make an educated decision.
  • Consider your exit strategy.
  • The do’s and don’ts after you buy your house. (Let me tell you what you don’t want to do after you have completed a purchase of your home).
  • Start interviewing moving companies (make sure they come out and see what you need to get you moved, don’t rely on quotes over the phone.
  • Start calling the utility companies.
  • Start collecting boxes (Shop’s in malls are a great place to start as they get shipments everyday and have loads of boxes to dispose).
  • Start packing.
  • Try and get into your new place a day before moving day to make sure you are ready for everything and there are no surprises. (if you can’t do it, ask your agent)
  • Have cleaners ready to go into your new home before you do.
  • Ask the sellers to see if they can leave any advice of helpful tips about the house and the neighbourhood.
  • Keep medicines and essentials with you. (toilet paper, paper towels, soap)
  • Keep towels and change of clothes ready for next day or two.
  • Be prepared for dinner and breakfast for the next day or two.
  • Make sure everything gets delivered into its designated “zone”
  • Inspect your belongings and take inventory when everything has been delivered.
  • Relax, it’s a lot of work to move and it will take time to get settled in.

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