Making Choices

Buying a home is all about making decisions.  There are thousands of homes available throughout Vancouver and you will need to know what you want before you start narrowing down the choices if you’re going to find what you’re looking for in a reasonable amount of time.  One of the first decisions that many people make when they are moving to a large city is which neighbourhood they would like to live in.  One of the most popular choices in Vancouver is Kitsilano on the west side of the city.  This is along the waterfront and can offer properties to those with unlimited budgets and those that are looking to buy their first home.

When you’re choosing real estate, you’re going to want to know exactly how much you have to spend.  The best way to figure this out is by meeting with a mortgage specialist and getting pre-approved for your loan before you even start seriously looking at the available real estate listings.  They will be able to work with you to decide what kind of loan is best for your financial situation and if this is really the right time for you to be buying a home.  Once you get pre-approved, you will also find that sellers take your offers more seriously.

Align yourself with a real estate agent who understands what you’re looking for in a home.  There are so many homes available throughout the Kitsilano area that could be right for you and an agent will help you filter your choices so that you can concentrate on those that really might be the home for you.  Go through with them what you’re looking for in a home and highlight the things that you need and things that you would like but can do without.  Some people are firm on things like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms while others are more flexible and are willing to look at homes that need more work to become their dream property.

If you know that you want to live in Kitsilano and nowhere else around the city, then it’s likely that you’re going to want to stay flexible when it comes to other elements of your home.  You might be able to save some money by not being right on a main street or by choosing a home that needs some work.  Discuss with your real estate agent what is realistic for you to afford in this neighbourhood before you decide if it is the right place to live at this time.