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You are thinking of buying? Here is how I can help...

Did you know ...

  • that in most cases, having a contract with a buying broker does not cost you anything?
  • The selling broker normally splits the commission he gets from the seller with the buyer’s broker.
  • that dealing with the same broker for all your visits could help you stay more objective about your purchase?
  • You will less likely be influenced by the personality of the broker and be able to concentrate on your needs.

Identifying your needs and desires

This step is essential both in terms of your own final satisfaction and in respect to helping you help you to the best of my ability.  It helps me better understand your needs and wants and will save your time and energy by limiting our search to only the most appropriate properties.

I would like to turn your focus on the three following types of criteria (as you’ll see, the fourth doesn’t really count):

1) Essentials

The criteria in this category are imperative. If one of these is missing, buying the immovable would be unthinkable.

Examples :

  • No major renovations to undertake.
  • Buying price under 250,000$.
  • At least 3 bedrooms.
  • Space to park at least 2 vehicles.
  • Not on a major road.

2) Necessities

These are elements that are important for you. If one of these is absent, your satisfaction would be affected, if it does not compromise the possibility of buying the property. 

Examples :

  • Near the primary school.
  • Public transport within 5 minutes walk
  • 2 bathrooms or a laundry room and powder room separate from the main washroom.
  • Available for the 1st of June.
  • Not more than 20 minutes from work.
  • Quiet neighbourhood

3) Desires

These options would be a real asset or a big plus, although if some are absent it would not prevent you from buying.

Examples :

  • Wood stove in the living room.
  • At least 15,000 square feet of land.
  • Attached and heated garage.
  • In-ground swimming pool with a fence around it.
  • Deciduous trees in the back yard.

4) Wish List

Anything on this list is just a wish, really – not something you would really expect to get, and it really shouldn’t influence your decision to buy the place.  It’s just that you kind of like it…

Examples :

  • Master bedroom painted pale blue.
  • Next door to one of your friends.
  • A view on the mountain.
  • A magic door that leads to Scotland.

Obviously, what is “Essential” for one person would be on the “Desires” list for another and what is on the “Necessities” for one person would be something that another would absolutely not want. I invite you therefore to reflect on your personal lists and write them down, as seen in the following chart.

Hint: If you and your spouse are buying together, start by making your lists separately and then get together and reconcile the two lists… They are likely to be a few differences, but many similarities.  Don’t criticise the other’s list – make it a time to get to better know your spouse.

Desires

  • Wood stove in the living room.
  • At least 15,000 square feet of land.
  • Attached and heated garage.
  • In-ground swimming pool with a fence around it.
  • Maple trees in the back yard.

Necessities

  • Near the primary school.
  • Public transport within 5 minutes walk
  • 2 bathrooms or a laundry room and powder room separate from the main washroom.
  • Available for the 1st of June.
  • Not more than 20 minutes from work.
  • Quiet neighbourhood

Essentials

  • No major renovations to undertake.
  • Buying price under 250,000$.
  • At least 3 bedrooms.
  • Space to park at least 2 vehicles.
  • Not on a major road.