Let Me Help You Every Step Of the Way.
When purchasing a home, you are faced with a multitude of decisions. Finding that perfect home is not an easy task, and obtaining a mortgage loan can be a complex and tiring process. Once you've made the commitment to reach that home-purchasing goal, though, the rewards you can achieve are unquestionable.
Assisting you every step of the way, I'll make the process of purchasing a home in Abbotsford or in the Fraser Valley easier, and more enjoyable.
Having sold homes here in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley now for 18 years, I have my finger on the pulse of the Abbotsford real estate market, and know neighbourhood values inside and out.
Your First Step
Your first step in the home-buying process is to define the reasons why you want to purchase a new home. To stop paying rent? To start building equity? To have a place of your own? To raise a family? To move up to a bigger house?
Determine the style of home you prefer and the area in which you'd like to live. Be specific.
Develop a needs vs. wants list. Everyone has a picture of their ideal home. This home would include all the features you not only need, but have long desired. However, when it comes time to buying a home, these desired features constitute additional costs. While it's nice to think about having an artfully landscaped backyard, or built-in appliances, these are usually considered luxury items, which can add considerably to the price of your property.
Begin the list with items you absolutely need like adequate room, garage space and number of bedrooms. How much space do you really need? Does your situation require a one-level home, or are stairs acceptable? Basic needs should be considered first. After these have been established, you can consider additional features if you can manage these benefits financially. With such a list in your hands, you're less likely to be caught up in the excitement of the pursuit. You'll have a good idea of what you want, the features within your price range, and whether or not you can afford those additional items.
Think of yourself as zeroing in on a target, going from the general to the specific. Check out the neighbourhoods you're considering, and ask around. What amenities does the area have to offer? Are there schools, churches, parks, or grocery stores within reach? Consider visiting schools in the area if you have children. How will you be affected by a new commute to work? Are there infrastructure projects in development? All of these factors will influence the way you experience your new home, so ensure you're well-acquainted with the surrounding area before purchasing.
Your Next Step: Loan Pre-Approval
Once you've narrowed down your list, you're ready to take the next step in the purchasing process: getting pre-approved with a Vancouver mortgage company. While getting pre-approved may sound daunting, it actually just involves getting an idea of what you can afford. When you're pre-approved, this means that a lender has reviewed your credit history, verified your assets and employment, and has approved your loan before you've found a home to purchase. Here at Keller Williams Valley Realty, we partner with one of the finest Mortgage Brokers through TD Canada Trust - Harsha Galgewela - he would be more than happy to sit down with you - he can be contacted through our office at 604-852-2234.
Let Me Find the Perfect ABBOTSFORD Home for You
It is a very time consuming process to view every home available that meets your needs. I can do much of the work for you, by establishing your needs, then reviewing a range of properties and advising you of potential matches. I have my finger on the pulse of housing trends and prices and access to the best possible resources and communication systems available today to help you locate homes on the Fraser Valley real estate market that match your specifications.
Once you've been pre-approved and know what price range you plan to stay within, I can help you determine which properties fit your needs and wants, using the (MLS) Multiple Listing Service system.
Start your search now - and view my current listings!