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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping
Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017, 09:30:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Purchasing a home is unlike any other experience you'll ever have. This is an investment that can provide considerable returns throughout the years. Whether you're buying a primary residence, a vacation home, or a rental property, however, there are five, critical mistakes that you should be sure to avoid.

 

1. Not Considering "Walkability"

"Walkability" is a relatively new term in the real estate industry that refers to the accessibility of essential businesses and community features. When looking for a5 mistakes to avoid primary home or a rental property, make sure that building residents will be able to access things like dog parks, hiking trails, a few good shops, and a decent restaurant or two by walking. A high score in this area means that buyers will have a higher likelihood of connecting with their neighbours, fully exploring their neighbourhoods, and remaining in their homes for a significant amount of time.

 

2. Failing to Account For Potential Changes in Household Dynamics

Be mindful of the fact that your household dynamics could change over time. This is an especially important consideration to make if buying a primary residence that you hope to retain throughout the remainder of your lifetime. Not only do you have to account for the possibility of kids, but you also have to consider the likelihood of having aging parents move in. There are a number of ways in which family dynamics can change and the best homes are sufficiently flexible for accommodating all of these changes. These houses might have attached, in-law units, extra bathrooms, guest bedrooms, or other large-sized spaces that are suitable for conversion. Some properties simply have enough unused space on the overall lot for expanding the primary building.

 

3. Making an Offer before Consulting With an Agent

With greatly increased access to timely and accurate market information, more consumers are using the web to sidestep the need for real estate agents altogether. Sadly, however, they often do this to their detriment. Not only can an agent guide you through this transaction from end to end, but this professionals is also capable of providing the most current market info and pricing data. As such, when you get ready to enter into negotiations, an agent can make sure that you're not offering too much for a property, or potentially offending a seller by offering far too little.

 

4. Meeting with Sellers before Lining up Your Funding

In tight markets or markets with fewer properties for sale and lots of qualified prospects who are eager to buy, you definitely want to have your funding lined up before actually pursuing homes. In fact, no matter what the local market conditions may be, consulting with lenders and getting loan approvals should always be among the very first steps that you take. After all, you won't really be able to submit a firm offer on any property until you actually have the funds to back it.

 

5. Buying before you’re Actually Ready

Another important step to take during the formative stages of the purchasing process is to consult with a financial adviser. You want to make sure that you're actually ready for this commitment, particularly if you've never purchased or owned a home before. An adviser can help you calculate the total costs of ownership. He or she may additionally be able to recommend the best loan types for meeting your long-term financial goals. If this is a decision that you're really ready to make, your financial adviser can even tell you how much you money you should spend, which may be far different from the amount that you're qualified to borrow.


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Maximizing Your Spring Cleaning Results
Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 02:55:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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Spring cleaning is one of the country's most esteemed homecare traditions. Every spring, it is a good idea to give the home a quick and simple makeover. Though some people may choose this time to perform some major overhauls on the property, it can be refreshing enough to complete a simple clean and focus on getting the best results. If you are interested in optimizing your spring cleaning, check out some of these quick tips that you can follow to enjoy a newer, fresher home.

 

Start with the Windows

Maximizing Your Spring Cleaning ResultsYou want the view of your windows to be as good on the outside as it is on the inside. Do not neglect to wash both the interior and the exterior of your windows to make sure that you get the cleanest type of sunlight possible as it enters your home. While you are working around your windows, it can be a good idea to take a look at your curtains as well, replacing them entirely or cleaning the surface for a fresher look.

 

Keep Metal Surfaces Polished

Stainless steel and copper are among the most common and popular surfacing options both inside and outside the home. In order for you to optimize the way your property looks, it is important for you to give your surfaces a good polish. Use the appropriate cleaners and avoid anything that may result in unnecessary wear, both in the long-term and short-term of your surfaces. Always consult care guides if you are not certain how to proceed.

 

Fix Up Your Dishwasher

If you have one of these around your house, chances are that it could us a little bit of TLC. These appliances always do their best to make sure that your dishes are kept clean and shiny, so it is never a bad idea to do the same for the dishwasher. Take some of the components apart and perform a deep clean to make sure that there are no unwanted issues inside.

 

Clean the Refrigerator

On the subject of appliances, it is never a bad idea to give your refrigerator a good clean as well. If you have not done so for a long time, it is not uncommon for food debris and clutter to cause harm to structure and appearance of the fridge. Move some food around and make sure that the surfaces are clean before you replace any of the inside components.

 

Replace Your Silverware

During the spring, a lot of families like to replace their silverware or give them a brand new shine. If you have older and more tarnished silverware, it can be a good idea to have them looking like new to dazzle guests and freshen up your drawers. Choose silverware that can last as long as you need it too, especially if you plan on having guests over relatively frequently.

 

Revitalize Wood Floors

Wood flooring systems are renowned for their hardiness and classic, timeless appearance, so it is always a good idea to have them looking clean. Wood floors sometimes need additional cleaning and maintenance because of the material itself. If you are not sure how you should clean your floor, it is a good idea to contact a flooring professional and ask them for their opinion on your surface.

 

Take Care of the Oven

You want to make sure that your oven is as clean as possible as often as possible. The oven will often have burnt pieces of food around the bottom, which can add an unwanted quality to the food that you cook within. Keep it clean to keep your food tasting fresh every time.


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Common Mistakes When Buying a House
Posted on Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 02:50:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Purchasing a home is a process that many people spend the earlier years of their lives waiting for. Even after they are settled into their first homes, they have plans for larger ones or ones in different locations later on. Due to this excitement, you may become overeager and make some errors. One of the best ways to avoid mistakes is to know what they are in the first place.

 

Not Using a Real Estate Agent

Common MistakesChances are that you've made many purchases in your life. Therefore, you may assume that you can easily buy a house without the assistance of a professional. The purchase of a home is much different from other buys because you must go through many steps, and you need to ensure that they are done in the correct order. Also, you are spending a significant amount of money on something that you cannot just go to the store and return if you don't like it. As a result, working with someone who can guide you is wise.

 

Spending All of Your Money

Many people decide to obtain a pre-approval because they seriously get involved in the home-buying process. Once you have your own pre-approval, you will know how much of a house you are permitted to buy. However, that does not mean you should spend that entire sum of money. Consider the fact that you have all of your other bills to account for and that even if you love your new house, you will probably want to go out to explore the neighborhood and what it has to offer. In other words, just because you can afford a certain amount of house on paper does not mean that it is realistically the right decision.

 

Not Practicing to Pay

Before you buy a house, you should get an idea of how much money you will spend each month on all of your new expenses, such as the mortgage, taxes, electricity and so forth. Prior to making a bid on any house, see if you an actually set that amount of money aside without struggling. In the event that you cannot afford to do so, you must reevaluate how much money you want to spend on a house and if you are even ready to make that purchase at all.

 

Disregarding Neighborhood

You may have your sights set on a particular style of house or a particular aesthetic and pay little to no attention to the other factors surrounding the purchase. With the right permits, you can make a number of changes to the structure and interior of a house, but you can never change the neighborhood that it's in. Even if you find the house of your dreams, looking into properties is likely wise when it is in an area with high amounts of crime.

 

Going Too Big

If you are like many people, you are likely enchanted by a prodigious house with all of the trimmings. Remember though that what you want is not always what you need. By purchasing a larger house, many of your bills are going to cost more, and you are going to have more rooms to clean. Of course, with a large family, you may need a large house. On the other hand, when you are purchasing a home for a small family, ask yourself if you really need all of those extra rooms.

Making mistakes when purchasing a house can turn into serious blunders because they are not always so easy to fix. Knowing what errors could arise can help you to have more power in avoiding them.


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10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New Home
Posted on Wed, 31 May 2017, 12:00:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New Home

Planting flowers in Canada can be one of the best ways to break in and personalize your new home. Once you have signed on the dotted line with your sales representative, then you can start planning all of the beautiful flowers that you would like to accentuate your yard with upon moving in.

Do not feel limited by the 10 flowers on this list. There are literally hundreds of flowers that grow in Canada both in the wild and those that can be planted from seed packets or small plants in yards. If you are lucky, you will get a wonderful mix of both.

 

Roses

If you love flowers, then you are likely thrilled that roses bloom very well in most places of Canada. Roses are actually one of the toughest flowers that you can plant in your yard, and they have one of the best scent payoffs for the price it costs to plant them. Roses are a perennial plant that will bloom every year if properly taken care of.

 

Dahlias

10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New HomeDahlias are a beautiful flower that are sure to wow and inspire. These beauties should be dug up in winter and stored indoors to avoid freezing in the cold Canadian winter climate. They can be grown and planted outside again when it warms up in late April and throughout May. If cared for, these flowers will bloom for many years.

 

Foxgloves

Foxgloves are a uniquely designed flower that is sure to draw attention from anyone that sees them. These flowers can be planted in spring as seedlings and will bloom throughout the summer and into fall. They will appear in spring the following year after planted and will hit peak bloom that following summer.

 

Day Lilies

If you are a beginner and want to start planting flowers in Canada than you should plant day lilies. These are very beginner friendly and will grow in a variety of soil conditions. They are easily kept and can withstand missing a day of watering every now and then. The bonus of planting day lilies is that they come in a wide variety of beautiful colors.

 

Poppies

Many flowers grow well in the warmest months in Canada. Poppies are another very hardy flower that grow in early Spring. These flowers can also be grown by simply spreading them anywhere that you like to fill in any awkward gaps. You are sure to love this bold pop of color in the early Spring.

 

Purple Coneflowers

Purple coneflowers have incredibly bright color and are simply stunning to look at. These flowers also help to attract bees and butterflies so they make excellent additions to every garden while simultaneously supporting these dwindling insect populations.

 

Blue Flag Iris

The blue flag iris is actually the official flower of Quebec, and for great reason. These flowers are actually naturally growing wildflowers in Canada that tend to prefer the wetter conditions of wetlands, swamps, and watery meadows in lower Canada. If watered enough, these are also excellent additions to personal gardens.

 

Canadian Columbine

The Canadian columbine flower is another flower that is native to Canada. It was so beautiful that it was was actually one of the first flowers sent back to Europe after European settlers first arrived in Canada. It is one flower that tends to keep away deer if you have a problem with deer eating your gardens. In addition, it will attract Canada’s most unique and beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds.


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5 Types Of Clients That Sales Representatives See Everyday
Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017, 11:50:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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5 Types Of Clients That Sales Representatives See Everyday

Sales representatives work with hundreds of different clients looking to buy and sell homes throughout their career. While there are certainly unique clients that pose questions and circumstances that sales representatives would say they have never seen before, these professionals can lovingly sort the majority of their clients into 5 separate categories.

It is important to know that different sales representatives classify clients informally based on their own unique set of standards and expectations. This is in no way meant to offend individuals or groups.

 

Those That Know Exactly What They Are Looking For

5 Types Of Clients That Sales Representatives See EverydayIt is not uncommon for a potential buyer to meet with a sales representative knowing exactly what they would like a home to have. These lists could outline a few details that would make or break a sale, but more than likely these lists are very long and non-negotiable. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to fill every request that a client may have. This is especially true if the budget is too low to include the homes that have many or all of these requirements.

 

Those That Ask Questions At Every Opportunity

Sales representatives see quite a few new buyers and sellers that are very interested in the process and ask as many questions as they can think of. Professionals generally welcome these questions and answer them to the best of their advantage, but the process significantly slows down for the clients that ask the same question over and over again. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be educated, but clients are advised to be aware that excessive questions could lengthen the buying or selling process.

 

Those That Are Not Proactive During The Buying Or Selling Process

A sales representative is a professional that helps clients to buy and sell homes as they need or want to do so. It is exceptionally frustrating when a client visits a sales representative with the expectation that the representative will take care of everything without any input, direction, or interaction of any sort from the client. In order for a sales representative to do their job efficiently a client must be able to communicate with them often, give input, and sign paperwork periodically. While it may not be the most exciting or joyous time in a person’s life, sales representatives really need all clients to be somewhat proactive in their own buying or selling process.

 

Those That Fall In Love On The Spot

Sales representatives meet quite a few clients looking to buy a house that do not really know exactly what they are looking for or what is available to them in their price range. When presented with a variety of options on paper, in magazines, or online these clients may love everything or may wish to wait to see the home in person. Once the client arrives at their next potential home, they simply fall in love with the home that they are looking at. The problem arises when a buyer falls in love with every home that they visit.

 

Those That Cannot Be Pleased With Any Outcome

There are individuals in Canada that are buying or selling a house because they have no other choice. These individuals would most likely rather just stay where they are. While circumstances vary greatly, these clients never seem pleased. Clients may be offered more money than they were asking for the home, may buy a home for significantly less than it had been listed for, or may have been relieved of fees for one reason or another and still cannot find joy in the situation. It is hard for a sales representative to see clients unhappy which makes this a hard group to represent.

 


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How To Fix Up Your New Fixer Upper
Posted on Sun, 30 Apr 2017, 01:20:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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It takes a very ambitious person to take a home in disrepair and make it fresh, clean, and new again. If this is exactly what you are, then keep on reading for a few tips and tricks to making your journey just a little bit easier.

 How To Fix Up Your New Fixer Upper

Look At The Foundation First

When you are looking into buying a home to fix up, look at the foundation first. Make sure to ask your sales representative what they know about the house and the condition of this very important structure. A crumbling or cracked foundation may mean that the house cannot actually be saved or used in the way that you would like it to be. Foundations that are in good or great condition can be stabilized and reinforced much more often than those that are in very poor shape.

 

Always Do The Research On Roofing Materials

The majority of houses that are sold and purchased as fixer uppers will need to have the roof replaced or redone. Canadian winters can truly take a toll on the roofs of houses, both fixer uppers and those sold as “ready to live in”. If you are brand new to buying and fixing up houses, then you will quickly realize that the number of choices you have to choose from will be overwhelming. Do your research on the area you live in, the different roofing materials pros and cons, and what you can actually afford to spend on the materials necessary to redo the roof.

 

Keep Your End Goal In Mind

If you are fixing up the house to live in, then you have very little to worry about. You will be fixing the house exactly how you would want it. If you are fixing up the house to sell, then consider what the market is looking for. Does your neighborhood need a house with antique charm, an enclosed porch, and a row of fruit trees? Do the majority of houses on the market have brand new wooden floors and multiple bathrooms? If you know what the market is looking for, then deliver on those desires to the extent of your ability.

 

Consider Completely Replacing The Floors

Most carpets, laminates, and wooden floors in fixer uppers are in total and complete disrepair. These floors are crumbling, moldy, broken, and incredibly dangerous. If these floors have asbestos in them or other dangerous spores and fibers, then they can cause a great deal of harm to anyone that moves into the house. In order to completely eradicate this fear and use this as a marketing strategy, simply replace all of the flooring. If you can afford to replace all of the flooring with real hardwood floors then do so. This will give new owners the option to add carpet or keep the hardwood. If you can only afford to do hardwood in one or two rooms, put this in the kitchen and bathroom. The other rooms can be reasonably carpeted for an affordable price. It is totally reasonable to put carpet in bedrooms and the living room.

 

Take Home Advice

Buying a fixer-upper certainly takes a lot of trust, courage, and ambition. Congratulations on being that person. You are saving a beautiful piece of architecture from crumbling to pieces and being lost in history forever. Hopefully the tips above will help you to make this process as easy as possible with the greatest amount of personal satisfaction.


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A New Home Versus an Older Home: Drawbacks and Benefits
Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 10:05:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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If you were to ask most potential homeowners, they'd love to buy a brand-new home versus one that was built a few decades ago. Sometimes, it comes down to personal preferences, but there are some definite benefits and drawbacks to purchasing a newly built home.

 A New Home Versus an Older Home: Drawbacks and Benefits

 Benefits to Purchasing New or Having a Home Built

  1. Customization

If you've ever lived in an older home, you know that there are many tweaks that should have been made while it was being constructed. You can make those changes to accommodate your lifestyle. That includes the huge master suite, massive family room and office space you want.

 

  1. Design Elements

Along with the size of the rooms, you can choose design elements to fit your family like an eat-in kitchen or a walk-in closet. You can choose everything down to the paint colour in your newly built home.

 

  1. New Home New Everything

With a new home, you're getting all the newest wiring and technology. That includes alarm systems, cable and media sound. If you're a fan of technology, this is essential in a new home.

 

  1. Less Maintenance

New homes mean that along with the wiring, all the appliances and HVAC equipment is brand-new. You won't have to worry about costly repairs or maintenance for a while. In the case of the heating and air, you'll want to do some seasonal maintenance, but nothing expensive.

 

  1. New House Smell

Everything in the new home should be absolutely perfect and customized to exactly what you want in the home. That means a beautiful new house smell so to speak. There'll be no flaws or disappointing elements for you to have to deal with in your new home.

 

 Drawbacks to the Newly Built Home

  1. The Cost

New homes can cost thousands and thousands more than an older home. You're paying for the new home's perfection. When you're discussing the things you want with a builder, you'll want to be careful about the costs or they could skyrocket quite easily.

 

  1. Additional Amenities

When you're shopping for a new home, the model you've seen can actually cost a lot more than you expect. Upgrades and additional amenities can really start to accumulate. It can end up costing even more.

 

  1. Missing the Quaintness

When you buy a new home, you're not getting any of the quaint charm you'd find in an older home. That's also true of the neighbourhood. The neighbourhood, trees and landscaping will be new too.

 

  1. Travel Time

New neighbourhoods are often away from the main parts of the city. You'll end up away from your usual markets and shopping destinations as well as the children's schools and other activities.

 

  1. Construction Zone

If you're one of the first homeowners in a new neighbourhood, you'll likely be living in a construction zone for a few years while the rest of the homes are built. Along with the noise, there'll be plenty of dust and dirt flying around too.

When you factor in the benefits and the drawbacks, you'll likely have your decision about whether a new home makes sense for you and your family. If technology and new construction and amenities are important, you'll want to go with a newly built home instead of an older one. When your idea of a home is large trees along shaded walks with quaint details, you'll likely want an older house.


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What You Should Know About Restrictive Covenants
Posted on Tue, 31 Jan 2017, 10:05:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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If you are considering buying a home in a planned subdivision, there is a good chance that you will become part of a homeowners’ association, commonly referred to as an HOA. One of the jobs of an HOA is to protect the property values within the community. One way an HOA does this is by requiring member homeowners to pay monthly, semi-annual, or yearly fees. These funds are used to maintain the common areas of the community. Another way is through a set of rules known as restrictive covenants that govern what homeowners in the community can and cannot do with their property.

 What You Should Know About Restrictive Covenants

Examples of Restrictive Covenants:

Restrictive covenants can vary widely between communities. These covenants can cover numerous issues, including

  • the colors that you can use to paint your home,
  • the type of landscaping that you can plant,
  • the size or breed of dog that you can own,
  • the type of window coverings allowed,
  • the number and type of vehicles that you can park on your property,
  • the height and type of fencing that you can install, and
  • whether you can install basketball hoops or other sporting equipment in your driveway.

A neighbourhood with an HOA that implements and enforces reasonable restrictive covenants will typically appear better maintained and see home values increase faster than a neighbourhood without an HOA.

 

Your Rights When Purchasing a Property in an HOA Community:

Once a seller accepts your offer, you are entitled to review the community’s covenants and by-laws. You should take advantage of this opportunity since you are expected to abide by the rules whether you have read them or not. If you find the terms unacceptable, you are normally entitled to back out of the contract without penalty within a certain number of days. Another option is to bring the issue to the attention of the HOA board to see if an exception can be made.

 

What Happens if You Violate an HOA Rule?

The consequences for violating a restrictive covenant vary from community to community. In most cases, you will be issued a warning advising you to remedy the situation. If you fail to do so, you may receive a fine.

 

The Benefits of an HOA:

While some homeowners are reluctant to be told what they can and cannot do with their property, an HOA does offer some significant benefits, including access to more recreational amenities and a better community aesthetic. You will also typically have fewer maintenance concerns in an HOA community since mowing, snow removal, and even trash service are often included in your dues.

 

Restrictive Covenants Can be Changed:

In most cases, restrictive covenants enacted by an HOA are reasonable and ensure that all residents of the community are able to enjoy their home and neighbourhood amenities to the fullest extent possible. Unfortunately, there are instances where HOA boards over-reach and tighten regulations to the point that they infringe on the rights of individual homeowners. In these instances, it is important to remember that restrictive covenants can be changed by a majority vote of the member homeowners.


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How to Know You’re Ready to Buy a Home in Canada
Posted on Thu, 15 Dec 2016, 10:55:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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So you are thinking of picking up and moving to a new home in Canada? We really could not be happier for you and all that you are going to experience. But are you still having a handful of reservations and are in need a little reassurance. That is what we are here for!

 

Examine the Reason You Have Thought of Moving to CanadaHow to Know You’re Ready to Buy a Home in Canada

You clearly have a reason to be buying a home in Canada if you have thought this far ahead and have found yourself here on our blog. You just have to remember what that reason is and whether or not you really want to be in Canada as opposed to the other locations on Earth that you could be moving to.

 

Are You Considering Buying Because You Feel Unsafe Elsewhere?

This is actually a very common reason that buyers come to Canada to buy their very own Canadian dream home. Many people flee their countries because of political stress or the lack of safety that they feel they have there. You would not be alone if you are moving to Canada to buy a home that would make you feel safe day in and day out. In that case, we are more than welcome to take you in and show you just how wonderful Canada is to live in. If you feel unsafe where you are, please continue to seek that perfect Canadian home.

 

Are You Financially Stable?

You may be wondering if you can afford to buy a home in Canada. Maybe you have recently married or had your first child. Maybe you are moving to follow your dreams or to get a job. Whatever the case may be you must explore whether or not you will be financially able to afford the move and the home you wish to move into. To do so you can talk to a financial advisor, or seek additional help online. There are plenty of sources willing to help you figure out whether or not you can afford a home, and if so, how much you can afford to spend on the home you would like to buy. Congratulations on making this a serious consideration of yours. If you are wondering, questioning your financial stability is an excellent first step toward buying a new home anywhere.

 

Do You Love Winter Weather?

You may be thinking, why ask about winter if you already know we are looking for a home in Canada? Doesn’t all of Canada experience a brutally harsh, long, and cold winter? Actually, no. There are many different areas in Canada. You will find that you can find a home in that brutally cold, harsh, wintery location you have pictured in your head, but you can also find a home along a beach with mild summers and sunny days. You will be able to find a range of temperatures and climates all over Canada to better meet your needs. If that was a concern, you should consider visiting the homes you are considering purchasing to make sure that they are in locations that you will be able to handle as a new homeowner. On these visits, make sure to take to the neighbors and the community members. These people have lived in Canada for varying amounts of time- some of them have lived in Canada their entire lives. They will be the most knowledgeable on the location and the winters you are wondering about. So no, you do not have to love winter to live in Canada, but you certainly could.


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What You Are Looking for Close to Your New Home
Posted on Mon, 31 Oct 2016, 03:40:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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When shopping around for a new home, it is important for you to consider what amenities are around for you to enjoy. There are many different types of lifestyles that can benefit from all varieties of communities, and learning how to plan ahead can be one of the best ways for you to make a home purchase that you can be proud of. Keep some of these community factors in mind the next time you are in the market for a new home.

 

Public TransportationWhat You Are Looking for Close to Your New Home

This is perhaps one of the most important factors to consider when browsing around for a new home, especially if you commute to work or have kids that need to get to school on time. Take a look at local transportation sources, such as the airport, bus station and subway, and see how close your home is to it. Depending on the proximity, you can consider some home choices over others, especially if you have a busy household that needs to commute regularly.

 

Curb Appeal

Most homeowners pay close attention to the way the neighborhood looks when they go shopping, but for some, the right type of curb appeal can be paramount. If you have a lot of guests or plan on doing a lot of entertaining, you want to make sure that the neighborhood looks great. Take a look around the property and spend a little time familiarizing yourself with the sights and sounds. Being prepared and doing your research is the best way to get a feel for the surrounding area.

 

Gym Accessibility

If you regularly exercise and need to stay on top of gym locations, it is crucial for you to take a look at the surrounding gyms and exercise facilities before making your purchase. Think about what trails are in the area as well if you're a serious jogger. Ask around and take a look at local maps to see if there is something around you that would appeal to your needs. A quick search can be all you need to get results.

 

Pet Friendliness

This is particularly important if you are planning on working with condos or other rent-based purchases. Make sure that the neighborhood is pet friendly before you move in, especially if you have a larger pet, like a dog. There may be certain neighborhood laws that you need to stay on top of as well, so ask around before moving in. If having pets is important to you and the neighborhood does not approve, move on in your search.

 

Local Restaurants

This is important for those who order takeout frequently and enjoy eating out. What types of restaurants are around? Are there a lot of fine dining opportunities? Do you care that there are or are not? Analyze your own lifestyle and plan ahead for what type of dining you plan on doing. While you're at it, make sure that the grocery store is close enough as well. Looking at shopping opportunities and making sure that you are covered can be one of the most important parts of the home shopping experience. Never be caught unaware.

 

Schools

Finally, make sure that there are schools around the area for your kids, especially if you are moving during a crucial part of their development. Most schools will have your kids covered, but check in with them to make sure that you can transfer relatively quickly and easily. You want to make sure that your children can resume their studies as soon as you move. Look for schools based on your child's age group and be sure to take public transportation into consideration.


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