Buyer Preparation Part 4: Preparing the Offer

Buyer Prep Series

Introduction

Insufficient buyer preparation when searching for a property is a recipe for disaster. If you fail to prepare, the process will be long, frustrating, and filled with disappointment. Much of the work I do is with first-time buyers because it gives me great satisfaction to help people achieve their goal of home ownership. Unfortunately, many buyers make the same mistakes which prevent them from achieving their goals. I’ve created this educational series to help my clients improve their chances for success, and to better prepare them to navigate the highly competitive Vancouver real estate market. The real estate industry is evolving, and I will continue adding to this series as necessary.

PART 1 – The Importance of Working with a Realtor is available HERE

PART 2 – Financing Your Home is available HERE

PART 3 – Needs Analysis is available HERE

PART 4 – Preparing the Offer

When you find a home that you like we’ll prepare an offer for the property. Each property is unique, and together we will evaluate its pros, cons, and value when preparing the offer. Below, I’ve created a list of factors that will help you understand the process and increase your chances of securing the property.

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Buyer Preparation Part 3: Needs Analysis

Buyer Prep Series

Introduction

Insufficient buyer preparation when searching for a property is a recipe for disaster. If you fail to prepare, the process will be long, frustrating, and filled with disappointment. Much of the work I do is with first-time buyers because it brings me great satisfaction to help people achieve their goal of home ownership. Unfortunately, many buyers make the same mistakes which prevent them from achieving their goals. I’ve created this educational series to help my clients improve their chances for success, and to better prepare them to navigate the highly competitive Vancouver real estate market. The real estate industry is evolving, and I will continue adding to and updating this series as necessary.

PART 1 – The Importance of Working with a Realtor is available HERE

PART 2 – Financing Your Home is available HERE

PART 3 – Needs Analysis

There are many factors to consider when searching for a home. Part of my job as your Realtor is to help you identify and prioritize your needs through conversations and client coaching. The basics of a home (size, bedrooms, bathrooms etc.) are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to performing a needs analysis, but by far the most important factor to consider when buying your home is LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! In fact, most buyers are willing to sacrifice space in exchange for a location that will reduce their commute and increase the quality of their everyday lives. We need to dig deep and identify your motivations so we’ll focus on the WHY, WHERE & WHAT .

Let’s first establish something important – chances are we’re never going to find your ‘perfect home’. Unless you have an unlimited budget and timeline, this would be nearly impossible to achieve. Really, the only way to get that perfect home is to design & build the property from the ground up, which isn’t an option for most buyers. What we will do is focus on finding you a safe, solid, and secure home that you can enjoy for a price that you can afford. It’s also rare to find a property that is truly in move-in condition; most buyers will want to make some changes and put their personal touch on a space so try not to focus on cosmetics – those are an easy fix. Adding your personal touch is one of the most enjoyable and inspiring steps in purchasing a home so always look for potential.

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Buyer Preparation Part 2: Financing Your Home

Buyer Prep Series

Introduction

Insufficient buyer preparation when searching for a property is a recipe for disaster. If you fail to prepare, the process will be long, frustrating, and filled with disappointment. Much of the work I do is with first-time buyers because it brings me great satisfaction to help people achieve their goal of home ownership. Unfortunately, many buyers make the same mistakes which prevent them from achieving their goals. I’ve created this educational series to help my clients improve their chances for success, and to better prepare them to navigate the highly competitive Vancouver real estate market. The real estate industry is evolving, and I will continue adding to and updating this series as necessary.

PART 1 – The Importance of Working with a Realtor is available HERE

PART 2 – Financing Your Home

Financing is easily the most important factor in purchasing a home. Many Realtors, including myself, will not commit serious time to working with a buyer until their finances are in order. I’m always happy to sit down with a prospective client to introduce myself and provide you with some education & guidance, but we need to be sure you can afford to purchase a home before we begin our search. We must establish an accurate budget so we’re not guessing about what you can afford. You can’t purchase a home unless you have the funds available so this should be a top priority!

How do you prepare your finances to purchase a home? You’ll first need to save for a down payment, and then you’ll need to contact a Mortgage Broker and apply for mortgage pre-approval. Ideally, you will be able to save 20% or more for the down payment, but the absolute bare minimum you’ll need is 5%. Your Mortgage Broker will advise you on your financing options. If you need assistance finding a qualified Mortgage Broker then let me know. I work with some amazing professionals and I would be happy to connect you with one.

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Buyer Preparation Part 1: The Importance of Working with a Realtor

Buyer Prep Series

Introduction

Insufficient buyer preparation when searching for a property is a recipe for disaster. If you fail to prepare, the process will be long, frustrating, and filled with disappointment. Much of the work I do is with first-time buyers because it brings me great satisfaction to help people achieve their goal of home ownership. Unfortunately, many buyers make the same mistakes which prevent them from achieving their goals. I’ve created this educational series to help my clients improve their chances for success, and to better prepare them to navigate the highly competitive Vancouver real estate market. The real estate industry is evolving, and I will continue adding to and updating this series as necessary.

PART 1 – The Importance of Working with a Realtor

Many buyers try to learn about the market by viewing properties online and visiting open houses. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, and it can be educational, but not all property information is publicly available so you may be missing something crucial. Entering an exclusive relationship for representation with a Realtor will strengthen your position and allow you to access information that may not be available to unrepresented buyers. Ask yourself, how well informed do you want to be when you make the largest purchase of your life? If your answer is well informed, then hire a Realtor to represent you as a buyer!

I’ve created an extensive list on how a Realtor can add value to your property search. It’s also important for you to understand the law of agency, which you can read about in this article by the B.C. Real Estate Association – Why Use a Realtor?

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LUXURY HOMES COLLECTION SPRING 2017

The new season brings us a fresh new offering of Macdonald Realty luxury homes. We have a bright outlook for 2017 with our CEO Lynn Hsu providing our front line remarks on the market and our outlook.

We are delighted to present our spring edition with our cover feature from Bowen Island, a wonderful West Coast retreat perfectly situated to take in the gorgeous views and Zen atmosphere of the quiet landscape.

In this edition, in conjunction with our affiliate partners Luxury Portfolio International®, their MarketPulse® article gives a round up of wine regions of the world to invest in. From Oregon to South Africa, these are new market interests for investors and owners seeking a burgeoning market or new way of life. British Columbia’s own Okanagan Valley is included, where there is ripe opportunity for someone looking for a new venture or adventure.

Click the photo below to check it out.

*This post was originally written by the Macdonald Realty marketing team.

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Real Estate 101 – RRSP Home Buyers’ Plan

It’s tax season and Canadians are thinking about investing some of their hard-earned money into their Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP). I’ve put together this quick blog post today to let you know how you can use your RRSP savings to help you buy your first home.

One of the biggest hurdles that first time home buyers face is coming up with the funds for a down payment. Many Canadians are unaware that they can access the savings in their RRSP to put towards the down payment on their first home.

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Property Taxes, Assessments, and Grants

It’s property tax season – don’t forget that your Vancouver property taxes are due to be paid by FEBRUARY 02, 2017. In Vancouver, we pay our property taxes in two installments – once in February, and again in July. There’s been a lot of talk recently about increased assessments and the property tax grant threshold so I thought I would write a quick blog to break it down for you.

I’m going to focus on a few topics to hopefully provide some clarity to you on how property taxes are calculated in Vancouver, property assessments, payment options, and the grant that may or may not be available to you.

How are my property taxes calculated?

In Vancouver property taxes are calculated using the mill rate – follow this link for a detailed breakdown of the rates in Vancouver. Basically, the amount you pay is tied to the assessed value of your home. You pay a specific rate for every $1,000 in assessed value of your property.

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Buying a Home

Buying a home is both an exciting and scary venture. With the status of homeowner comes the costs of maintaining the property you are now tied to. If you are going to take on a lot of added responsibility it is your right to be selective when choosing a home. While your search may start out with enthusiasm, it can quickly grow tiresome as their are so many listings to browse.

Our question would be: why do all of the work when there is someone willing to help? The process goes a lot smoother with more that one set of eyes scouring the housing market for your perfect property. This is where our team truly shines, as we make it our duty to get our clients the keys to their ideal home! Simply tell us what you are looking for and we will go to work searching through our database of available homes. From there, we will give you a list  that most accurately match your requirements. With a list that is narrowed down to a handful of properties, your decision will be much more manageable.

Whether you are a first time buyer, or it has just been a few years since you’ve last bought a home, the process of buying a home can seem like a bit of a mystery.  I would be happy to sit down with you to walk you through the home buying process and the key milestones we will hit along the way.

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Selling a Home

Selling a home can be a difficult task for even the most seasoned of sellers. There is so much that goes into the process of placing a property on the housing market. First, the owner needs to get the home in condition to present it to potential buyers. From there, taking proper pictures that display your residence in its best light is a must. These are the images that are going to grab the attention of those that are searching online through all the homes available for sale. Unfortunately, even the best pictures don’t ensure that your property will be seen. After all, you are competing with your neighbours for the attention of a select few buyers.

As with any competition, it is important to find an edge. This is where an experienced REALTOR® can be your ace in the hole. With an extensive list of interested buyers, as well as the knowhow to market your listing to a greater audience, real estate agents make it their mission to get the most money for your property. When you have a team of skilled agents on your side, the competition gets left in the dust!

I would be happy to sit down with you and explain the home selling process and all that I can offer to maximize the exposure of your home to potential buyers.

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Introducing my global network… LeadingRE

Did you know that while I’m a real estate professional here in our community, I’m also a part of a global network of leading independent brokerages with over 120,000 real estate professionals who are experts in their own communities?

That means that if you ever need to buy, sell or invest in real estate elsewhere in Canada, the US or around the world just ask me to make an introduction to one of these local experts.  My company has helped clients successfully buy or sell in 9 provinces (including Nunavut!), over a dozen states (including California, Arizona and Hawaii), and internationally in countries like Mexico, England, France and China.

As we like to say… “I’m local, I’m global“.

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) is the home of the world’s market-leading independent residential brokerages in over 50 countries, with over 500 firms and 120,000 associates producing over one million transactions valued at $321 billion annually. Our by-invitation-only network is based on the unparalleled performance and trusted relationships that result in exceptional client experiences.  Watch this short video for an introduction.