06 Dec Finding a New Home on a Tight Schedule
Finding a New Home on a Tight Schedule
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had all the time in the world to find your next
dream home? You could leisurely browse the current listings, select homes
you’d like to see, schedule visits on dates that are most convenient for you,
and make an offer on a property only after you’ve had plenty of time to
consider all the alternatives.
Sure, that sometimes happens, but it’s not typical. Often, people shopping
for a home are on a timeline. Sometimes a very tight timeline.
So how do you find your next dream home when you don’t have all the time
in the world?
First, you need to develop a clear picture of the home you’re looking to buy.
How many bedrooms? What size of property? What type of structure (two
story, back split, etc.)? Then, you need to list your preferences. These might
include “large kitchen” or “main floor office”.
Once you’ve completed that exercise, you’ll have a more detailed profile of
the type of property you want. That will make it easier to decide which of the
listings on the market you want to see.
You should also narrow down the area in which you’d like to live. If you have
three or four targeted areas, and only consider listings in those areas, your
home search will be much faster.
What if you don’t know the neighbourhoods well? Visit a few. Drive around.
Explore. Get as much neighbourhood data as possible, such as
demographics, recreational activities, parks, shopping, schools, etc. Then
choose the neighbourhoods that fit your lifestyle.
Finally, the best way to find a new home on a tight schedule is to work with
the right real estate agent — someone who, like me, is experienced in the
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