Finding Property Online

It has been said that 9 out of 10 people who are looking to buy a home start online. Though having access to an abundance of information online can be helpful and empowering to buyers, it is also overwhelming and can actually complicate your search if you do not have a way of refining your search and options. Luckily, you can find some helpful tips to make finding property online a little bit easier:

  • Prices and Budgets; It may seem obvious, but the price of the home is a seemingly important factor to consider, and one of the first considerations as well. Checking with a bank or loan institution is important, as the amount they are willing to lend may help align and refine your budget. Be cautious, however, because the bank is not the only determining factor in creating your budget. Do not base your budget on what you are pre approved for, consider your life, income, circumstances, etc. and do what is best for you.
  • Use Websites With Maps; a lot of websites use interactive maps of the regions that you search. This is helpful because it helps you see exactly where a house is and what is nearby. If you are familiar with the region you are searching, it helps you determine the proximity to amenities, work, school, family, etc.
  • Create a Balance; Within your budget, try and find a healthy balance between a house with character and a turnkey property. Understand the difference between cosmetic updates and work that will require more in-depth labour and resource allocation.
  • Photos Only Tell Part of The Story; Make sure to take all photos with a grain of salt as often people hire experts to stage and make their house look perfect online. Like anything, not everything you see online is accurate. Ask questions, go see the house, do your research.