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Decide What You Want to Buy

Urban

Ahh, the big city. Sure the prices are generally higher, but you can walk to a restaurant, maybe even to work. You’ll also have the widest range of housing options.

Suburban

Newer schools, newer shopping centres, bigger yards, bigger homes, no wonder so many people love the suburbs.

Smaller Cities and Towns

There are many wonderful self-contained communities and compared to the big city, you can save a bundle.

Rural

If you like the idea of owning land how about a few acres all to yourself? Seclusion is not for everybody, but for some, it’s heaven.

Next, decide what type of home you want

By now, you probably have a good idea of what type of home is right for you. To familiarize you with the terminology, here’s a quick overview.

Single-family detached

As the name implies, the home is not attached to the home next door. Styles range from a single-story suburban bungalow, to a three-story Victorian.

Semi-detached or linked

Two houses that share a common wall. Usually less money than a fully detached home.

Duplex

A two-family home.

Town house

Also known as terrace or row housing. Several homes with a common style and joined in a row. They usually share walls on both sides.

The Condo Alternative

Some people can’t wait to start gardening on Sunday morning. If you are not one of those people, it’s just an elevator ride away. Condos also make a great first home purchase because they’re often thousands of dollars less than a detached home.

How Condos are owned

You’ll own 100% of your unit and a share of the common areas. Common areas include the necessary plumbing, electrical systems, hallways and elevators. They may also include lots of fun stuff like a private gym or party room.

Condo fees - Membership has its privileges and it costs

On top of your mortgage and property taxes, condo owners also pay a monthly fee to operate and maintain the common areas. Be sure to look into condo fees and how well they’re managed, before signing anything.

New or Resale?

Resale - Previously loved

Nothing can match the charm and character of an older home. As a bonus, the previous owner may have made improvements and upgrades and you get them with the house, usually for less than the cost of putting them in yourself. However, some may have a little too much ‘character’ like a leaky roof. Know what you’re getting into. You should always work with a knowledgeable REALTOR® and as we cover in Step 10 never buy a resale home without a Home Inspection.

Ah, that new house smell

You will be the very first person to live in your new home. In fact, your new home may be so new, that it’s not even built yet. Before you commit to anything, carefully examine the property, the blueprints and visit other homes built by the same company. Have your REALTOR® and lawyer review everything before you sign. While your home is being built, stay on top of the process and remember, you have a legal right to make a full inspection of the house before you accept it as complete.

You know what you want, but let's talk needs

Are you getting out of a two-bedroom apartment because it’s too small? Then your new home should have at least three bedrooms and probably a second bathroom. REALTORS® call these must-have features needs. Features you’d like to have are called wants. Your strategy should be to find a home within your price range that fulfills all or most of your needs and as many of your wants as possible.

Next Step: How Much Can You Afford

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