Realtors know what’s going on in the real estate market.
All the properties in a town that are listed for sale will be on the radar of the local REALTORS®. They can provide information you might need including the address, price, property size, square footage and usually tax information as well. One of the largest benefits of working with a REALTOR® is that they can easily schedule visits to the property on your behalf to take a tour. Looking around the home and the surrounding neighbourhood is the best way to see if the house is right for you. Not only will you be able to see what the condition of the home is, you can also start picturing how the rooms and outdoor areas might look after redecorating with your own personal flair.
Use Realtor.ca to View and Find Properties.
If you don’t live in or near the area you would like to live, the next best way to view potential new homes is with a virtual tour. Many real estate companies post walking tours of homes to give you a personal view from the comfort of your own home. Their websites also have all the relevant information you need to make an informed decision as to whether the home you are looking at, suits your needs or not.
Taking a look online is another way to find the house of your dreams. Use a search engine like Google to find homes in your preferred geographical area. Just enter a search term like ‘homes for sale in Collingwood’ or search for homes on SellingCollingwood.com/ . You might even find a few private listings that aren’t listed on realtor.ca – The more you look, the more you’re likely you are to find your golden needle in a haystack.
Social media websites can help as well.
Facebook is one source that you can use to find new homes, which is becoming more popular with young, first time home buyers. Simply post in groups and on facebook pages that deal with real estate – Let them know that you are looking to buy a home by posting a comment on a recent post on their page. This might lead to contacts with a cutting edge realtor in your area of choice, and in turn could lead to a new home as well.
Don’t Forget That Newspapers and Magazines Profile Properties too.
The local paper lists properties that are currently listed for sale and that have sold recently on the market – Check the real estate section as soon as it comes out to see all the hottest listings. In the Georgian Triangle Area – Real estate magazines like Canadian Real Estate Monthly, On The Bay, Escarpment & Our Homes Magazine, profile exclusive properties in the area that might be of interest to you. They usually include interviews and pictures that help buyers make smart decisions and allow you to take a peek behind elusively closed doors.
Ask Friends, Colleagues, and Family for Property Locations They’ve Seen Lately.
The next time you run into your peeps, ask them if they’ve seen any new ‘for sale’ signs in their neighborhood. This is an easy way to find a new home. They can also pass along the info of the property from the sign in terms of the listing real estate brokerage, REALTOR®, website and the phone number to follow up on.
Drive Around Town Searching for ‘For Sale’ Signs.
Another way to find houses for sale is to drive around town. When you find one, knock on the door of the house that’s for sale and ask about it. Or, get the brokerage information from the ‘for sale’ sign and give the REALTOR® a call to setup a walk through, to take a look around in person. Better yet, retain a realtor ahead of time and call them up for further information on the property and a request to view the property in person. Their objectiveness will aid you in deciding whether the property is worth a look or maybe it has a history (that your REALTOR® will be privy to) which makes you take a step back.
Inquire at New Building Sites.
New construction sites don’t usually advertise what’s being built there, but you might get lucky and see a sign that reveals what’s coming soon. Even better, you might learn the name of a REALTOR® who has the skinny on the development & what kind of price tag the new units will have. Again, give your realtor a call and they will be able to assist you with all your questions about your newly-discovered site.
When it comes to finding your dream home that is soon to become your coveted retreat, you can never have too many connections or ears on the street. If you’re willing to invest the time and energy in finding the home that is right for you, you’re sure to be in the right place at the right time, when the home you’ve been hunting for has finally been found.