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Moving to new neighborhoods could be an overwhelming decision. It’s always best to do your research before taking a decision and making the move. While it’s always a good idea to locate real estate agents in that locality to give you a clear picture of what you are getting into, you could do some research yourself and understand the pros and cons of moving to these new places.

So, before you buy, consider the following points:

Discovering problems and plus points

Neighborhoods are never problematic; its individual preferences that create conflicts of choices and make them seem like uncomfortable or displeasing to live in. So the topmost priority is the buyer’s choice and comfort level with the neighborhood. Some buyers are looking for home maintenance and surrounding areas that are well maintained for their family to move into. It gives you a sense of pride when you drive around your neighborhood and find it well maintained and clean! Also good points to consider are, whether the neighborhood has parks nearby or businesses nearby or some other things that make you either comfortable or uncomfortable. This could greatly influence your buying decision.

Assessing upcoming neighbors

Look for real estate which still has not crossed the ‘affordable’ mark and yet has a growing community. Your best bet for getting such information is the local agent because they are around the neighborhood more often and know all the projects in and out.

Do your homework 

Each family has different needs. So, even if you have consulted a real estate agent, you need to do some research on your own. Talk to a few neighbors. Read up on the internet and find out all that you can about the locality that you are considering buying a home in. Only you will be able to tell whether you get a good ‘feeling’ about the neighborhood or not. Other important factors that you should be looking for are the upcoming developments in that area. This greatly impacts the prices of homes there. Other than prices, it also impacts the quality of life in that locality. For example are there any transit routes planned? Or is there an upcoming business center planned within a short distance of the locality or any other such issues?

Talk to actual neighbors

One important source of information are the actual neighbors living in that locality. They can tell you how long they have been living there or how long they plant o live and why. Also, if there are any neighbors leaving, you will know why. It’s a good idea to take opinions from at least 2-3 neighbors before you finalize your plan.
In the end, however, do not let other’s opinions overshadow your preferences. Make sure that you match your requirements with the offerings of the neighborhood. There will always be differences of opinions so understand how you really feel about the place and then gather facts and finally take the big decision of buying that property!

As for investing or moving up, it is best to consult a Vancouver Real Estate agent before you make the move and decide.

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The DIY (do it yourself) trend with offshoot ideas and discussions on everything from making things, to riding a plane or even further buying a house may sound like a pretty much good idea to you. However, skipping the Realtor® from the scene will more likely make the process stressful and annoying. Hiring a Realtor® has many advantages and here I list down a few reasons to hire one for you.

Buying and selling becomes easy. The DIY will suit some and not all! Going on your own will consume time as you will need some research like browsing Vancouver real estate listings and neighborhoods. While with an experienced agent, the results are faster, concrete and precise. With his contacts and eye for good properties, the agent will identify properties that suit not only your taste, but budget as well. These realtors drastically cut time and hassles to scan through limitless properties across the town.

More value for buyers. Buying home in Vancouver with the help of a Realtor®means more savings as a result of negotiation. As a buyer, you’re not expected to pay a commission to your agent as their commission value is the seller’s headache.

And sellers, on the contrary, will probably lose thousands in negotiation if they do not have an agent. The primary notion is that when you do not have any percentage as payable commission, that percentage of the total value becomes the scope for further negotiation. And buyers will certainly take advantage of this and will offer accordingly.

Help in finding the right value. A property for sale in Vancouver may estimate its value as XX, but is that the right value? To determine the best value that you can get or pay for a particular property is do a Comparable Market Analysis. Realtors can help you to decide an estimated final value of the property by performing an analysis on several parameters on the basis of the current market events.

Help in closing the deal. Realtors are trained professionals to identify and fulfill needs in a timely manner. Selling or buying a home in Vancouver or elsewhere is a long and a lengthy process which can take days or even a month. So, Realtors can help you sail smoothly through the process carrying much of the load and saving you the time to enjoy your new dream home.

Helps you avoid unnecessary hassles. Not so serious prospects can make your buying or selling experience a tricky one. To rebuff such prospects, you need a fully aware Vancouver real estate agent. A Realtor® can help you avoid irritants from the process like builders, buyers /sellers themselves or the authorities at the civic bodies.

They have an advantage. Online property listings that give away details of properties for sale and possible prospects are only a part of the major chunk. Many buyers and sellers prefer to keep the trade under the wraps and agents remain the only point of contact to reach such opportunities. A Realtor® in such cases proves better than just pages of listings with no real contact.

Feel Free to contact me today if you are thinking of Buying or Selling Home in Vancouver.

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