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Shopping for a home to buy is very exciting. Some people enjoy seeing multiple homes, just hunting around to see what the area has to offer. Others fall in love with the first house that they walk into and jump at the opportunity to make it their own. No matter what kind of house-hunter you are or how exciting the thought of owning your next home is, there is also a lot of stress and anxiety revolving around potential missteps. The reality is that buying a home can quickly turn into a nightmare if you jump into things without preparation or guidance.


There are many UBC homes currently available on the market that will meet the wants and needs of a variety of clients. Before getting out there and finding the one that is right for you, you should review these tips to have a perfect home buying experience.


1. Consider Your Needs

Your wants and needs are the single most important component of purchasing your next home. There are many beautiful properties out there, but not all of them will be best for you or your family. “Wants and needs” does not necessarily mean that you should find the property that is closest to your dream home, but rather one that will make living in the house enjoyable. Make a list of everything that you would like in your new house, as well as everything that you absolutely need. Review your budget with home values on the local market and make adjustments accordingly. Do not confuse yourself by viewing homes without knowing exactly what you are looking for.


2. Get Pre Approved

While it may be tempting, it is not a good idea to start shopping without having a realistic budget. It is easy to sit down and figure out how much of a monthly payment you can make towards a mortgage, but having a preapproved loan will let you know exactly what your lender is willing to provide. Get qualified before you start looking for your perfect home. Do not forget to factor in other major expenses, such as monthly utilities and insurance.


3. Get a Good Agent

A local real estate agent who is familiar with the market will be able to match you with potential properties that best suit your wants and needs. Your agent will also help you during negotiations with the homeowners of the house that you select to place an offer on. If you have never been through the buying process, having this help is especially beneficial. While many buyers initially attempt to start out searching without an agent, getting an agent is highly recommended if you would like to have a smooth home buying experience.   


Find Your Perfect Home

Having a perfect home buying experience leads to a very happy ending—finding your perfect home. There are many UBC homes currently available on the market waiting for you to view. If you would like more information, visit our buying page or contact real estate specialist Sam Huang.  

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