Buyers and Sellers

After living in your home for a while, it’s natural to overlook the little imperfections that a buyer might easily spot when seeing your house for the first time. Listed below are a few resources to assist you in getting the best value for your home, as well as helping it to sell more quickly.

Additional links include insight into how your Realtor® can make the difference in an efficient sale, along with tools to get you off to the right start as you begin the search for your new home.

First Time Home Buyers

As a realtor since 2010, I’ve had the privilege of helping many “first time home buyers”. It brings a lot of satisfaction to take them patiently through the process of talking about their “wants and needs”, going house shopping, and eventually writing an offer and seeing them move-in.

Along the way, there’s opportunity to chat about what their mortgage professional might be looking for, for mortgage pre-approval. (letters of employment, paystubs, bank statements, etc) They will also be talking about open vs. closed and fixed vs. variable mortgages.

As we “house shop”, we’ll be looking at properties that offer good re-sale value, any improvements the home might need, as we seek to find the perfect home for each particular buyer. This step can be very quick, or it can takes months, or even years. I always promise my buyers I will never pressure them, but help gather all the information needed, for them to make an informed decision.

Once the buyer has chosen the perfect home for them, we’ll write an offer … always looking at comparable sales first. If the offer is accepted, we’ll get the paperwork to the mortgage professional, as well as book a home inspection. The home inspector will be looking at everything from top to bottom (shingles, eavestroughs, downspouts, grading, windows, doors, electrical, plumbing, appliances, etc). If financing and home inspection are satisfactory, then we’ll waive those conditions (and any others), and walk through to possession.

The possession process will include setting up insurance, taxes, utilities, meeting with the lawyer, and then eventually moving in. This is the best step of all … handing over keys, along with a gift, as someone now becomes a HOME OWNER!

Glenda Strauss
Your Camrose Realtor

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