Buying a Property

Whether you are looking to downsize, need more space, changing jobs or a first time buyer, there are many considerations when buying a property. Unlike renting, buying a home is an investment that can appreciate over time, giving you more financial security later on in life.

Before you start the buying process, it is important to find out how much you can afford before you start to look. If you need a mortgage, visit your financial institution and get pre approved.  Calculate a budget you can live with now and consider possible interest rate increases, maintenance and other expenses you may incur. Knowing your financial position will put you in a favorable negotiating position when you offer on a property.

Besides knowing the price you are willing to pay, carefully examine your property needs in terms of style, size, location and features that are important to you. How long are you willing to commute? What schools would you like your children to attend? Do you have a large family and require more space? Are you retired? There are so many factors to consider when deciding what type of property will suit your lifestyle.

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