For Buyers

choose a house to buy

"We're thinking of buying - where do we start?"

Over 90% of buyers start their housing search online and the best way to look for property on your own is for me to set up our Private Client Services (PCS) for you. The PCS program works in conjunction with MLS and sends you an email whenever there's a new listing within your search parametres. After driving by, if you want to arrange a viewing or get some more details, just let me know.
Don't forget, looking online has its drawbacks: like online dating, photos don’t always tell the full story!
Over half the listings in our area are with our office so almost daily, I hear about listings before they hit the MLS. In today's market to make sure you are ahead of the curve, get Rockstar performance.

real estate on Vancouver Island

"How do we choose the neighbourhood?"

Start by making a list. Write down your top 5 "must have"s and your top 5 "would like"s, taking into consideration the distance from work, stores, schools, beaches, recreation, ferries, airports. Ask yourself if it's more important for you to be able to walk to the beach or the park or the store? What is the maximum drive-time you can tolerate for your trip to work or your grandchildren's house or school? Once you have some parametres worked out, I can zero-in on particular areas for you to explore. The Island may be relatively small but there is large selection of communities from which to choose, all very different in price and vibe.

home inspection in Parksville

"What about a home inspection?"

So you’ve found a house you love. Before you buy, you need to get the house inspected; it is one of the tools that will help determine the condition of the property so you can make an informed decision. The inspector will let you know if there are any visible problems and provide recommendations. When you make an offer, you can make it conditional on a satisfactory inspection.
However, it is important to understand that a home inspection as limitations and according to Consumer Protection BC ‘s website:  A home inspection is an educational process which is designed to reduce a consumer’s risk when buying a home, and is not a guarantee or a warranty on a property.

An inspector may make recommendations for further inspection by a more qualified trade and if so, should be strongly considered. For example, a full basement or crawlspace inspection by an experienced contractor will evaluate the structural integrity of the building which cannot be determined by a home inspection alone.

"What if something major is uncovered?"

If there are any problems, you have three options:
1. Cancel your contract and walk away since it was conditional on a satisfactory inspection.
2. Use the results of the report to negotiate a better price. Be prepared to show the seller the pertinent section/s.
3. Give the seller a chance to fix the issue.

"How much does it cost?"
Most inspections cost between $300 and $500. It could save you thousands in home repairs so it’s a pretty small price to pay for peace of mind.

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