Keeping Your Home Buying Wish List On Track

Eriks Draiska
Published on October 1, 2016

Keeping Your Home Buying Wish List On Track

Although experts in the real estate industry continually suggest the importance of seeing a lender before doing anything else with regards to purchasing a home, many buyers don’t.

Instead, they merrily attend open houses, mine Internet real estate databases and hound real estate agents to show them homes that they may not even qualify to purchase.

We want to help you be a smart homebuyer, so we’ve developed a checklist to help you keep your home buying wish list realistic.

To avoid creating a fantasy wish list you absolutely must know how much money you can spend on a house.

Only a lender can help you determine this figure. Once you know what you can spend, we can help you determine where you can afford to live. From there, you can build a realistic wish list.

The Home

Rather than starting with what you want. Make a list of what you don’t want.

So, the first items on your wish list should be based on what you absolutely can’t stand about your current home.

Is it too far from work?

Then your list should include that you want a shorter commute. Does it drive you nuts to have to find a parking place every night when you get home? Put a garage on the list.

Next, determine what you need.

If you have a large family, maybe you need additional space or more bedrooms and bathrooms.

If you work from home, perhaps an office is a must. Bad knees and staircases don’t mix so a one-story home may be a necessity.

Finally, it’s time to think about the extras – those items that you can live without, but it would be wonderful if they were included in your new home.

The Neighbourhood

Now that you’ve figured out what your ideal home should include, it’s time to think about the type of neighborhood in which you’d like the home to be situated.

Some items to consider:
Property values: Look for a neighbourhood where property values are rising. You’ll usually find these types of neighbourhoods on the fringes of more expensive communities.
Easy Ingress and Egress: The ease of entering and leaving a neighbourhood is especially important to commuters.
Crime: A neighbourhood’s crime rate is something that you will need to investigate on your own as laws prevent real estate professionals from discussing this with you. Call the local police department for neighborhood crime statistics. You’ll also find information online at Police Crime Statistics Map and Office of Crime Stats.
Future Plans: Many homebuyers underestimate the impact of an area’s future plans on their property values. The best way to find out what the city has in mind for the area surrounding your neighbourhood is by visiting the Council Planning Department.
Noise Level: While many people don’t mind the sound of kids playing and loud music, others aren’t comfortable in anything less than complete silence. If you are of the latter group, cruise the neighbourhood in question at different times of the day and night and on weekends as well as weekdays.
Lifestyle: If you’re a young, single professional you probably won’t feel at home in a family neighbourhood so consider a place downtown, or close to it. If you can put up with the typically higher crime rate and lack of convenient parking, a home in the urban core may be ideal. Folks with kids, on the other hand, may want to look at neighbourhoods with cul-de-sacs so the little ones are safe from traffic.
Neighbours: Because the condition of your neighbour’s homes will affect the value of yours, take a good look at the other houses on the block. Unsightly landscaping and poorly maintained homes will drag down the value of neighbouring homes.

Here’s a checklist to bring along with you:
 Determine exactly how much you can afford to spend on a home.
 Ask us to point you to some neighbourhoods with homes priced within your budget.
 Determine what drives you crazy about your current home
 Get clear on your needs in a home
 Decide on your “wants-but-can-live-without” items

Investigate potential neighbourhoods:
 Crime
 City planning
 Traffic
 Noise level
 Does it fit your lifestyle?
 Do the neighbours take care of their homes?
 Proximity to schools
 Proximity to city amenities

You may also like to check out our Guide to Buying a Home.

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