Ten tips for first buyers

The process of buying a house seems complicated, however, if you follow this advice, it can be very simple. The rules that a Bank and the government apply are complex, so it’s normal to be unsure of where to start. These tips will help:

1 Find out if you have the economic conditions

Most people need a mortgage. So, the first step is to have a mortgage pre-approved that will tell you if you are ready to buy, and what is your maximum purchasing power.

2 Buy the house that best fits your budget

If you have a high credit rating, a good family income, and little debt, you may qualify for a mortgage. It’s important to be realistic about what you can afford.

Avoid having a very high mortgage loan. Think about budgeting for travel, paying off debt, saving, etc. Evaluate your finances carefully. Be aware of your current fixed expenses and always leave a little room to maneuver.

However, spending less than your budget can also be a mistake. If you buy a property that does not meet your needs, in a short time you will have to move, which will lead to double moving expenses, welcome taxes, etc.

3 Hire a Real Estate Agent

You can probably find a home on your own, but many aspects of buying can be confusing and tricky. You could lose money because of a failed offer or problems caused by negligence or carelessness. So let your real estate handle the most important transaction of your life. Such as advising you on the mortgage loan, filling out the documents to present an offer, representing you during the entire negotiation, referring you to other professionals, supervising the inspection, accompanying you and preparing you for the signing of the deed of sale and many other details. Also, keep in mind that your real estate’s commission is always paid by the seller of the property.

4 Be well informed

Do a through analysis. Preferably before you start looking for the property, decide what your needs are and your priorities within the characteristics that you require.

It’s hard for a Real Estate Agent or even a family member to know exactly what you have in mind. After you’ve found a home you like, meet or walk around the area on different days and times, find out about your neighbours, schools, and visit parks or community centers. As for the house itself, get an inspection report. Thanks to this you can discover hidden vices such as termites, pyrite or past floods.

5 Review all documents before signing

If you have a question, no matter how small, don’t be afraid to ask. All the professionals involved in the purchase process are here to help you. Clarify with your real estate agent any paragraph that is not obvious or that you do not fully understand.

Make a basic list questions

  • When visiting the properties that most interest you, bring a basic list questions and do not hesitate to ask the seller any other questions that may arise.
  • Why is the property for sale?
  • How long have the vendors lived there?
  • Who are your neighbors?
  • What does the sale price include (for example, furniture)?
  • What services are nearby?
  • Have they had offers?

6 Take additional costs into account

The final sale price of a property is not the only expense you will have during the acquisition of a property. There are many “purchase fees” that you should consider when deciding what price range is within your reach. Inspector fees, notary fees, municipal and school tax adjustments, welcome tax and moving costs can add up to more than you think.

7 Learn about government support

There are government subsidy programs for the purchase of properties inside and outside of Montreal Island. Investigate and get advice, maybe one of these supports will suit you.

8 Learn about your duties as a landlord

The benefits list about homeownership is endless, but don’t forget the obligations. These include repairs, maintenance, municipal and school tax payments, etc.

9 Read the rules and restrictions of the community

In many places, there are strict rules in the communities. It is important that you not only like the property that you buy, but also think about the lifestyle that the community offers. Find out if pets, outdoor grills, car winter covers (tempos), etc. are allowed.

10 Remember that the final decision is yours

Hispanics love to comment and share our plans, goals and achievements. And that’s good, but you should know that although it is good to ask for advice, the final decision in buying a property should be yours. Bringing family and friends home hunting could confuse you more. Everyone will have a different opinion. So, do not be influenced by people who are not experts in the field.

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