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Top 5 Mistakes Edmonton Buyers Make

So you're ready to meet the challenge of buying a new home? With common-sense planning, you can avoid these five common buyer mistakes and steer yourself towards success:

1. Impulse buying

To skip this mistake, do some serious research on what are your specific needs. Example is, how are the local schools? Are there parks or gym facilities that fit your needs? How is the traffic to shopping centres, work, friends &

Good choice, bad choice when buying your Edmonton home image

family? Is shopping close by? In other words, compare areas in terms of what is important to you personally. You

might find your "dream house" only to discover that resales are slow, schools are terrible, traffic is a nightmare or that aircraft fly right over the front yard ~yikes~. Bottom line – make your new Edmoton home earn its stripes. Before you commit to a long term home relationship, make certain you are both compatible.

2. Not setting any budget limits

Don't make the classic mistake of buying more than you can afford. Your first responsibility is to pay your mortgage, taxes and insurance. If you're set on upgrades or remodeling, can you fit them into your budget? What about furnishings? Can you afford the extra furniture for those extra bedrooms or for that huge new living/family room? And what about utilities? Those cathedral ceilings are breathtaking, but have you considered the additional heating costs?Foreclosure is not fun and that what happens if you don't pay those bills.

Edmonton mortgage pre-approval image3. Not getting pre-approved for a mortgage

Speaking of monthly payments, most experts  (including us) consider it absolutely crucial for buyers to seek pre-approval from a lender before even looking to purchase. While pre-approval doesn't mean you are approved for a loan, at the very least it establishes precisely what you can afford. Once you have that info, you can avoid the heartbreak of finding the perfect home only to discover that it's beyond your financial reach. In addition, pre-approval substantially improves your status as a buyer in the eyes of a seller... BIG TIME. If you don't have a lender, ask and we know some great people who can help.


4. Not working with professionals

So, you've found a lender. Now you need to complete your professional support team. Too many buyers believe they can do this on their own and they disregard professional input. Avoid a nightmare later by assembling a group of professionals who will suit your needs, represent you, and whose expertise you respect. Begin your search with a buyer's agent (preferably an ABR®) . Resist the urge to call the REALTORS® number on the For Sale sign. The seller's agent works for the seller. You need a REALTOR® who will work on your behalf and negotiate with your best interests in mind. Will you need a lawyer? It's a great idea to find an excellent lawyer as your search begins, rather than in the midst of it. To say that Real Estate documents are confusing is an understatement. A lawyer specializing in Real Estate is best suited to protect you from unexpected terms or surprises when it's time to sign on the dotted line. We have a list of recommended lawyers you may want to choose from. And what about a home inspector? Which brings us to the next mistake…

Don't cut corners, use a licenced Edmonton home inspector image 5. Cutting corners on the home inspection

Some lenders may require a home inspection before they will approve a mortgage. Buyers are wise to pay for a thorough inspections to include structural components, electrical, piping, roof integrity, sewage or leaks, etc. A minor investment with a home inspector is a small price to pay in exchange for enormous deficiencies later. I have a list of recommended licenced home inspectors you may want to choose from. Even thou your friend or family member (uncle, dad, brother) may work in the trades or contruction doesn't mean they are a home inspector.

Ultimately, with smart planning and a realistic approach to home buying, you really can enjoy the dream of owning your perfect home. Please browse thru our buyers pages as we have plenty of preliminary info for you. When you are ready to look for your Edmonton home or have general home ownership questions, please call us direct Audrey 780-910-5179, Mike 780-242-5229, thru our contact page or even down below in the comments.

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Top 12 Things to Pack Last

It's time to pack up your rental apartment and move to your new Edmonton home. Here's a helpful list of 12 items to pack last and keep handy (a.k.a. they're the things you'll need to get to first and frequently)

  1. Extension cords, batteries, everything's electric these days it seems. Computers, CD players, smart phone, all those little gizmos you just can't seem to live without. So it just makes sense to keep that extension cord or pack of new batteries right on top within reach.Packing boxes to move into your new Edmonton home image
  2. Tools. We're talking hammers and screwdrivers, nails & screws, scotch tape, duct tape and especially a tape measure. A good multi tool wouldn't hurt, either. Will be handy for assemling those beds.
  3. Dehydration is a sneaky beast, so be prepared. A bottle opener and glasses. Thirst always seems to come first, particularly if you have to lug that stuff around. Make sure you have enough for your moving crew, too! (great way to "brib" them as they are moving your stuff).
  4. Snack, pizza or fast food coupons. You're going to work up a hunger so think about treating yourself to a quick bite or a night out to your favourite fast food joint. Again, make sure you have enough food for the moving crew/friends!
  5. Address book or important contacts on your smartphone. Keep those important telephone numbers handy.
  6. Cell phone or regular landline telephone to plug in - put these within easy reach. There's is always potential for an emergency call.
  7. Sufficient cash. If you are opening a new bank account, you may have to wait for your first check to clear. Traveller's checks wouldn't hurt, either. Usually your debit card would work.
    Alarm clock to wake you up for work in your new Edmonton job image
  8. Copy of your lease & personal ID such as driver's license. Speaking of banking, if you are starting a new checking account (or applying for utilities service), you'll need proof of your new address. Ask your bank if they would accepted your purchase contract.
  9. Cleaning materials. Paper towels, broom & dustpan, mop, bucket, garbage bags, etc. Accidents do happen. Oh yes, don't forget some toilet paper, soap & hand towel.
  10. Extra light bulbs as you may have some burnt out bulbs, a small lamp (perhaps a flashlight). It may be dark when you move in.
  11. Alarm clock. You don't want to miss your first day of work, do you? Nowadays, your smartphone will be a great substitute.
  12. Box cutter. Don't pack that tool as it's the first thing you need to open your boxes.

If you can add anything to this list, please let us know thru our contact page or comment below.

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