Ottawa home buyer time saving tips

Published 04 April 13 05:27 AM | Gord McCormick 

-engage a REALTOR® who is a good personal fit and will be
able to respond to you how and when you wish.
-be "on the same page with your spouse" on housing criterion
and share your list of mandatory and desirable features with your REALTOR®
-consider all housing options in your price range: new
construction, resale homes, condo vs freehold etc. and eliminate choices
as  you go thus creating better focus.
-have an appropriate auto search set up and respond quickly
when you see new listings appear.
-Google, Mapquest or Bing maps should be your best
friend.  You can avoid houses with
undesirable locations or nearby features ie hydro wires, busy roads, commercial
buildings etc.
-take a drive by the house before booking a showing to see
if you like the neighbourhood, street and curb appeal of the home
-don't try to see every house; see the best ones for you
-check the municipal councillor's website for information
about what's happening in the area  has lots of information also, including a
very useful "eMap" feature:
-check to see if there is a community association or
facebook group for the community, as this can be a key avenue for finding out
what is going on in the neighbourhood
-nothing is better than walking around a street or
neighbourhood on the evenings or weekends when people are out and about.  You can chat with neighbours and get an idea
of neighbourhood demographics.
-if you have an existing home to sell, make sure it is ready
to sell and you have an agreed plan on how to market it and a realistic sale
price expectation.
-don't engage in "low ball" offers unless there is some
reason indicating you should:  this just
wastes everyone's time.
-remember that the house should be more important than the
"deal" and don't attempt to "win" every last detail in the offer negotiation.
-don't engage in extended negotiations on offers-this is
stressful for all and may allow another buyer to surface.
-constantly review your expectation levels with what the market is offering to ensure you are in synch

For help with some automated systems to simplify your search and professional assistance with your purchase (or sale)  give us a call at 613-435-4692  (Don't forget to ask about our buyer cash bonus program!)

Gord McCormick, Broker of Record
Dawn Davey, Broker
Oasis Realty Brokerage

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