The home buying process can be a daunting task for most of us. The financial commitment is just one part of the numerous considerations that need to be taken into account. It is my job to make this process more enjoyable and fun by reducing the stress associated with such a big decision. Having been in the business for 24 years and having lived here my entire life, I have the depth of knowledge that allows me to ask you the right questions. Knowing what to ask allows me to create a road map to success for you.
You may have seen the IQ ball. It can tell you exactly what you are thinking of by asking 21 questions or less. The same holds true for Real Estate. Ask enough of the right questions, and the answer becomes quite clear. The only variable is that we usually need to trim down our wish list. That is why I ask my clients to create a "must have" list and a "would also like" list. We then work as a team to get you everything we can from your entire wish list.
You consider working with a realtor in order to gain access to MLS listings. You also hope to access a wealth of knowledge that will work to your benefit. This should include: a knowledge of neighbourhoods, house and/or condominium values in those neighbourhoods, the quality of schools (which will affect your resale value), local amenities and transportation options, just to name a few. After 24 years, I have worked in almost every part of the city. Feel free to sit down for a no obligation consultation and fire some questions at me.
I spent many years in the building industry. I did almost every job from handyman right up to site superintendent. During my time in this industry, I oversaw the construction of several hundred homes. The knowledge I gained over those years has allowed me to act more skillfully on your behalf.
Many of my clients say this about me: I take my responsibility to this process with the utmost respect. My years of experience allow me to think of things that many buyers may not even consider. For example, you may need to check with the city to see if the home they are calling NEW is really just a substantial renovation. I have gone so far as to knock on the neighbouring doors to see what your future neighbours will be like!