When assessing your needs, you will need to think about your home for now and in the FUTURE. Here are some things to consider:
The most popular style and the most solid investment. It is a free-standing home which sits on its own lot thereby offering a greater degree of privacy.
A single-family home that is joined to another one by a common wall. It can offer many of the advantages of a single-family detached home and is usually less expensive to buy and maintain.
Two units — one above the other or side by side. The owner usually lives in one unit and rents the other.
Row House or Townhouse
One of several types of single-family homes joined by common walls. It offers less privacy than a single-family detached home but still provides a separate outdoor space. These homes can cost less to buy and maintain.
A factory-built single-family home that is transported to your chosen location and placed on a surface-mounted foundation. The term manufactured home has replaced the term "mobile home".
Also a factory-built home constructed in compliance with local building codes. The home is typically shipped to your location in two or more sections. It may or may not have a longitudinal sub-frame.
Refers to a form of legal ownership as opposed to a style of construction. Condominiums can be high-rise residential buildings, townhouse complexes, individual houses and low-rise residential buildings. Condominiums are also known as stratas in British Columbia.
There are a variety of sources you can use to find the home that is right for you:
Begin on the Internet. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can search through hundreds of online listings, view virtual tours, and sort through dozens of photographs. Check out my online program under the listing menu and start your search today!
PHYSICALLY VIEW HOMES
The amount of information available online is large and growing. Refine your property search to specific features you want. Are you looking for a lake view? Pet friendly condo? Three car garage? When you physically view homes you have selected, it's just a validation process.
COMPUTER SEACH PROGRAMS
I can provide you with a property match program that will email alerts to you keeping you abreast of the newest listings and eliminate the need to manually check the Web again and again for updates. These can also be sent to your Blackberry, cell phone or other devices. RE/MAX market reports, how-tos and other information can cement your search foundation.
Newspapers and real estate magazines. Check the new homes section in daily newspapers or look for real estate magazines available at newsstands, convenience stores and other outlets. These free publications feature pictures and brief descriptions of a variety of homes. Come to one of our 3 offices and pick up the newpapers/magazines for free.
OPEN HOUSES/NEW DEVELOPMENTS
Visit open houses and new home developments.
You will learn a lot by getting out and seeing what is on the market.