Realtor-approved tips for buying or selling a home

Realtor-approved tips for buying or selling a homeWhether you’re a millennial buying your first home or a boomer downsizing, entering the housing market can be stressful and challenging. To make the process smoother, here are five helpful tips that Realtors use from the Ontario Real Estate Association.

Understand industry lingo. From the Buyer Representation Agreement to the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, there are a number of legal documents with technical names that you need to know. Work together with your Realtor to make sure you understand these documents and what to expect throughout the process of buying or selling.

Think outside the box. If you’re looking for a new home, don’t limit yourself with a strict checklist of must-have features. Try to be flexible because you might find that your dream property isn’t exactly what you imagined. For example, a larger home isn’t necessarily better, since a great layout and the right combination of rooms and storage space can have a big impact on the comfort and flow of everyday living. Similarly, when selling a home, decorate and choose furniture to create multifunctional spaces. For instance, kids’ bedrooms can be reimagined as guest rooms or home offices.

Consider winter. Many people flock to buy or sell in the spring and summer when the weather is warmer, but entering the market during the winter has its advantages. As a buyer, you’ll have less competition and may be able to negotiate a better deal. As a seller, there may be fewer properties on the market, which can help your home stand out; also you’ll attract more serious buyers for viewings since house hunting is more of an effort when it’s cold and snowy outside.

Get your plans in order. Having a well-thought-out plan is a must for both buyers and sellers. Planning ensures a seamless transaction once an offer is made and accepted. For sellers, this means making sure each homeowner listed on the deed is in agreement to sell and that a move-out date has been arranged for tenants (if you have them). For buyers, it’s wise to have your mortgage pre-approved and a home inspector chosen, this way you’ll have your finances and someone who can evaluate the property ready for closing.

Stage the interior. Sellers should stage their homes to attract greater interest. By focusing on curb appeal, decluttering and making sure the home is well lit, your property will stand out to potential buyers. On the flipside, if you’re shopping for a home and the seller hasn’t put any effort into staging, a Realtor can help you cut through the clutter to envision the home’s full potential.

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Single Story For Sale in Westdale, Hamilton

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•  2 bath, 2 bdrm single story$449,900.
MLS® #H3189778  

– This beautifully renovated 2 bedroom bungalow is located near Churchill Park in the Princess Point Conservation Area and is only steps from RBG forests and nature trails. Step inside and view this warm and inviting home that has been renovated from top-to-bottom. Stunning open concept kitchen with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, 2 beautiful full bathrooms, updated windows, nicely finished basement & many more updates. Beautiful yard with stunning private deck. Located in an extremely quiet part of Westdale. Only a short walk to local shopping, coffee shops, restaurants, grocery store, library, schools, outdoor public pool and fantastic children’s playground. Don’t miss out. Call today for your private viewing.

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1 1/2 Story For Sale in Hamilton West Mountain, Hamilton

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•  2 bath, 3 bdrm 1 1/2 story$339,000.
MLS® #H3179203  

Lovely 3+1 bedroom home in a much desired West Mountain neighbourhood. This home features an eat-in kitchen with access to a fully fenced yard. Beautifully landscaped in 2014 with large concrete drive in 2011. All windows have been replaced and exterior doors. Roof redone in 2010, peak 6 months new, furnace /AC are 3 years new. Potential in law set-up with large bedroom in the basement and ensuite. Close to Mohawk College, St Joseph’s Hospital and easy access to down town. Don’t miss out on this GREAT home, call today!

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Single Story For Rent/Lease in burkholme, Hamilton

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•  500 sq. ft. single story$999.00. All Inclusive Rent Monthly

– Second floor office space in a high traffic location. The unit is currently open space; could be divided. 2 storage closets; 2 common area washrooms; rear parking & ample street parking. ALL INCLUSIVE RENT!!! Landlord pays the following: Heat, Hydro, Water, Taxes, Maintenance, Snow Removal, etc. This is a great deal! Signage on both front and rear of building. Please note, square footage is approximate. Call today to view!

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