As I sit here contemplating where to put the snow from the past 3 or 4 storms, I realised that I haven’t published a blog on my new web page yet. Most of you probably didn’t notice that I have a new website. That is thanks to hard work from my new “web guy” Gary. I used to think I could figure out how to do this “web” stuff, or at least learn how. For now, I think I will just concentrate on Real Estate. I want my blog to give important Real Estate advice, but also highlight some of the great things there are to do in the Annapolis Valley. My family and I decided to purchase a farm when we moved to Nova Scotia. I have at least a years worth of blog material from what we have learned about owning an operating farm, but will save that for later. My first blog will be about Real Estate for Buyers.
Purchasing a home is one of the most stressful events that a person/family can go through. And I can tell you from experience that it does get easier after your first, second, third or fourth time, but it doesn’t get any less stressful. My family has moved from Ottawa, Ontario to Calgary, Alberta to Edmonton, Alberta, to Greenwood, Nova Scotia to Cold Lake, Alberta to Petawawa, Ontario to Borden, Ontario and back to Greenwood. We only rented in two of those locations and if I had my time back again we would have bought in those two locations. In today’s age of the internet buyers are much more educated than ever before. Many research homes for months before making the decision to buy. There are e-tours and interactive video’s that make you feel like you are there. Your REALTOR® should always be working for you and showing you what you want to see. You will need to identify where you want to live and what type of home you are looking for, as well as the maximum price you are willing to pay. If they are not showing you what you want or the area that you want, ask them for an explanation. Sometimes there are legitimate reasons, for instance an area may not sell if you are only going to be in the area for a short time, or it is a high crime rate area. If you don’t like the explanation then get another salesperson. Another salesperson can be ready to show you listings in as little as an hour, so it won’t put you too far behind schedule. You should be prepared to take notes when you are walking through a home. After two days or more of looking at properties, they will all start to blend together. You should be given a property sheet for each home. Make point form notes on likes and dislikes. This will help you at the end of the day when you do a recap. If you are sure you don’t want a property, keep the listing sheet and strike a line through it.