Your Real Estate Guru!

Keeping Real Estate...REAL

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Secrets Of Savvy Househunters


BUYERS...    

Let me help you every step of the way! When purchasing a home, you are faced with a multitude of decisions. I will be at your side each step of the way, I will make the process of purchasing a home easier, more enjoyable, less time-consuming, and less expensive than if you undertook this challenge on your own. I will help you locate and assess properties for sale that match your specifications, and help you through the myriad of details of the actual purchase. I will take the time to listen to your needs and desires and help you find the dream home best suited to your needs, wants and budget. My top priority is to make sure that your home buying experience is pleasant, cost-efficient and successful.

It takes more than a trained real estate agent to understand the needs and concerns of buyer clients. It takes someone who has been there, someone who has the same concerns when they’re home shopping.  

I don’t want to minimize the technical aspects of the home buying process. Every year it becomes more complex. Between government legislation, environmental laws, mortgage documentation requirements and the legal aspects of a home purchase, the home buyer's sales representative must be on top of all aspects of the process.

LET ME FIND YOUR DREAM HOME

What do you see when you visualize your dream home? I ask you this, as it’s important that we see the same dream. I realize that the very best way to assist my real estate buyers to locate precisely the right home is to put myself into my buyer clients’ shoes.


I'm here to serve my buyers and create more than satisfied buyer clients.  I’ll jump right in with targeted searches and email alerts to put you in charge of your home buying process.

HOW I SERVE MY BUYERS

The services of a real estate sales representative are similar when it comes to working with buyers. However, I receive high marks and recommendations from my past buyer clients because I take buyer, real estate services to the next level.  My aim is simple "get the job done right every step of the way".  

Contract to Closing Process, many detailed tasks, document deliveries, deadlines, inspections, and mortgage details are all in store between a price agreement, contract and a closing. I'm on every one of them and will keep your transaction organized and moving.
 

Your Real Estate Guru!

Keeping Real Estate...REAL

Marc Martin

Broker

 

Cell: 705-676-7799

marcmartin@royallepage.ca

 




 

Before you get caught up in the excitement of searching for the perfect home, here are some savvy steps to follow.

1. Know how much you want to spend

Don’t get caught in that trap of finding a perfect home that you can’t afford. Do your homework and define your budget. Get a pre-approved mortgage or consulting with your lender of choice, and keep your eye on the market, since any changes could impact what you can afford.

2. Scope out the neighbourhoods​

Before you start looking at individual homes, figure out which neighbourhoods you would prefer to live in. How close are schools? Stores? Access to highways and public transit? These all have an impact. Also, check common areas in a community like parks and playgrounds – they can say a lot about how the residents feel about their neighbourhood, so look for tell-tale signs of neglect or proud upkeep. Your agent can also let you know how well certain neighbourhoods are selling, which is a good indicator of where people want to live.

3. Make a list

Smart shoppers never head to the grocery store without a list and neither should you when you head out to an open house. Organize your thoughts on paper and come up with a master house wish list that you can refer to. Divide it up into must-haves, would-be-nice items and deal breakers. Carry this list with you so that you can compare homes on the basis of your personal wants and needs.

4. Find a home inspector

Even before you locate your ideal home, have a home inspector at the ready. He or she may even be able to offer you some pointers for things to look out for when you first see a place.

5. Take your time

Don’t try to squeeze more than four viewings into a single day – it can be more confusing than convenient. Take photos and make note of the pros and cons after viewing each property so you can take a look at the next home without struggling to remember details about the one before.

6. Street sense

Be sure to ask about mutual driveways, parking, zoning bylaws and upcoming construction. You may be in a neighbourhood that is about to be receiving power line upgrades or road repairs that can wreak havoc on getting from point A to point B after you move in.

7. Be a legal eagle

Ask for a survey of the property and take a good look at it. Fences may not be on actual property lines and right-of-way issues may come into play in the future with the sale of the home next door. Don’t just rely on your judgement; hire a lawyer to inspect all of the paperwork related to a prospective purchase and to advise you.

8. Get a second opinion

If you’ve found a home that really appeals to you, show it to someone else. like a good friend or relative. Let them do all the talking in case they see something you hadn’t noticed. Having someone who isn’t personally vested in the property can give you the objective opinion you need before you make your decision.

9. Think it through

In a hot market, it can be hard not to make an immediate offer. While that may work in most cases, be sure to step back, pull out your list and carefully gauge if this property meets all of your must-have criteria. Savvy househunters say that when you find the right property, you can feel it down to your bones. If that’s the case for you, see if you can wait a day (or a few hours) before making an offer. The only thing worse than buyer’s remorse is letting a dream home get away.