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Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying Your First Home in Collingwood

Posted by merlot on June 27, 2024
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Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying Your First Home in Collingwood

Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying Your First Home in Collingwood

Dear first time or new home buyer looking to purchase in Collingwood. Hello, I’m Trish Duncan your local REALTOR® for Collingwood, The Blue Mountains and surrounding areas. I am here to share with you the top 10 things to consider when buying your first home in Collingwood. In this blog I will share with you not only 10 things but also several links to resources for you to further expand your knowledge and gain more confidence with your purchase in Collingwood. Now let us dive in!

1. Location:

When considering the location of your first home in Collingwood, Ontario, you need to think about factors such as the proximity to your workplace, schools, grocery stores and shopping centers, green space and parks, and other amenities. Some things may be crucial to be within walking distance, others you may be fine with a bike or car ride away. Research the neighborhood to ensure it aligns with your lifestyle and preferences. Doing a drive and walk around when you see the property will also help you to distinguish if the location is a good fit for your lifestyle.

2. Budget:

Determine your budget by taking into account your income, savings, and any potential mortgage pre-approval. Consider not just the purchase price of the home, but also additional costs such as property taxes, maintenance, and utilities. Don’t forget about those moving expenses and must-haves for your first home. If you haven’t yet spoken to a mortgage broker, I can refer you to a couple for you to interview and see who you would like to work with before we start previewing properties.

3. Property type:

Decide on the type of property that best suits your needs and preferences. Consider factors such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, outdoor space, and whether you prefer a standalone house or a condo with shared amenities. Think about how long you will realistically be in this location, if you plan on expanding the family. Budget is also a factor in the property type.

4. Size and layout:

Evaluate the size and layout of the property to ensure it meets your current and future needs. Similar to the above, consider factors such as the number of rooms, storage space, and the flow of the layout. Do you like closed-off rooms, open concept, loft styles, a basement, etc.

5. Condition of the property:

Conduct a thorough inspection of the property to identify any potential issues or repairs that may be needed. Look for signs of water damage, structural issues, and the overall maintenance of the property. If you are concerned about anything we can include a home inspection, and the home inspector can give you more insights.

6. Resale value:

Think about the potential resale value of the property in the future. Consider factors such as the location, market trends, and any renovations or improvements that could increase the property’s value over time. If you are purchasing a finished property and expecting to flip it for double what you paid in a few years without any changes, that may not be realistic. “The worst home on the best street” if you are looking for a fixer-upper is always a smart investment.

7. Local market trends:

Research the local real estate market in Collingwood to understand pricing trends, inventory levels, and competition. This information can help you make an informed decision and negotiate effectively. As your local REALTOR®, I know the area and market trends. I can come up with a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) for your property of interest to further help you.

8. Home inspection:

Hire a professional home inspector to assess the property’s condition and identify any potential problems. A thorough inspection can help you avoid costly surprises down the line.

NOTE: Sometimes when there are multiple offers in on a property, and if you love the property the home inspection condition is dropped so you can put your best offer forward and ensure you secure the property of your dreams. Possible faults and all. Just be sure to have some wiggle room in that budget for down the road.

9. Financing options:

Explore different financing options, such as mortgages, loans, and down payment assistance programs. Compare interest rates, terms, and fees to find the best option for your financial situation. As a first-time buyer check out our blog post to learn about incentives available to you.

10. Real estate agent:

Work with a reputable real estate agent in Collingwood who has local market knowledge and experience. An agent can help you navigate the buying process, negotiate on your behalf, and find properties that meet your criteria. Learn more about us to see if we would be a good fit. Explore our real estate services. We even have a blog post with real estate agent interview questions!

So dear reader, I hope these top 10 things to consider when buying your first property in Collingwood has been helpful. I look forward to discussing your real estate needs and helping you buy your first property in Collingwood, The Blue Mountains or surrounding areas.

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