Deciding what style of home you want when buying a home can be the most difficult decision in the home buying process, especially with many options on the market. Do you want a single-family home or an attached unit, or even a condo? This is the first step when deciding to look find homes for sale. When determining which style is best for you it is important to recognize there are advantages and disadvantages for all options.
There is a lot of intimidating real estate jargon that gets thrown around during the home buying process, and it can be hard to make sense of it all. What can be the most difficult to understand are the tax payments when buying or selling a home. We've talked about property taxes before, and today we're going to talk about the Land Transfer Tax.
When you're budgeting to purchase your first home, factoring in only what you'll be paying for your mortgage isn't the only expense you need to think about. Property taxes are often not talked about, largely because a lot of first time home buyers don't understand them. To help you understand we put together a crash course on what property taxes are.
If you live in Niagara you know there is plenty of opportunity for income properties. The nearby Brock University and Niagara College bring in large groups of students moving to St. Catharines and the Niagara region who need accommodation. So, when you're ready to move, should you consider renting your home out instead of selling it?
In a competitive market, some buyers think that their offers might look more appealing if they forgo clauses about conducting a home inspection. Some people involved in a real estate transaction might even think it's an unnecessary expense that can be opted out of. The reality is choosing not to schedule a home inspection is a risky move, and one we wouldn't recommend.
Buying a home in Niagara that needs some serious fixing up seems like a great idea up front: it's cheaper, and you can personalize it and make it your own. But it's not necessarily the best in the long-term. There are some serious factors to consider before you commit to buying a home in need of serious renovations.
In a sellers’ market the competition for homes is high and you’ll find yourself in negotiations with sellers, or bidding wars with other buyers. Making an offer on a home in any market a stressful part of the home buying process and it’s important that you understand how crucial negotiating that offer can be.
Finding the right Niagara realtor can take a lot of stress off of your mind during a real estate transaction. No matter the real estate situation you’re in, buying a new home or selling your home, you’ll want someone you can trust and that you feel comfortable with to help you through the process.
When most people think about buying their first home, often they envision an exciting house hunt and viewing lots of houses. While this is a big part of buying a new home, and what we went through in our last blog, the home buying process doesn't stop when you put an offer in on the home. Here are the next steps in buying your first home.
We make reference often to the "home buying process", but what exactly does that mean? Facing this can seem a little intimidating to first time home buyers who are unsure of what this process will include. We'll be breaking the process of buying a home down into the main steps so that you can approach first time house buying with more confidence.