5 Ways You Can Narrow Down Your Home Search
Home hunting can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan and know exactly what you’re looking for. Without having these factors nailed down first, buyers can find themselves aimlessly searching for listings that really don’t suit their individual needs. To avoid these common mistakes, here are five ways you can narrow down your home search and make your house hunting a breeze.
Know Your Budget
Rule number one — get a pre-approval before you start house hunting. Knowing how much you can afford will make it easier for you to narrow down your home search. It will also give you the power to make an offer instantly when you find something you like in a heated market.
Most listing sites require that you start your search by neighbourhood. That’s why it’s so important to research what neighbourhoods you like before you start looking for homes. We recommend that you obtain a neighbourhood profile and market report on your preferred areas to get a clear picture of the average housing prices, accessibility, types of services and amenities, as well as the schools and recreational options available. You may even want to consider booking a hotel or Airbnb in your top 3 neighbourhoods so you can get a better feel for the area before making a long-term commitment.
Just be sure to give yourself enough time to check out the local schools, amenities, and public services. And don’t be afraid to talk to some of the people who live there to find out all the pros and cons of the area.
Visit Open Houses
An excellent way to figure out what you do or don’t want in a home is to start visiting open houses. Walking through other homes can give you a sense of the type of features you like, the layouts you prefer, room sizes you need, and neighbourhoods that are best suited to your lifestyle.
Set Property Alerts on Listing Sites
One of the easiest ways to narrow down your home search is to set up property alerts on various listing sites like homefinder.ca or zoocasa.com. Remax.com for example, allows you to save your favourite searches, stay up-to-date with alerts, and receive custom recommendations. You can also sign up for our very own property alerts here which will allow you to receive tailored Ottawa MLS listings daily!
Hire An Agent
A top-tier agent can help you to narrow down your home search and help you to better understand what you want in a property and neighbourhood. They have real insight into their market and often know about homes that haven’t even been listed yet. They can also help identify the types of homes and areas that will fit your budget and lifestyle best and can send you listing emails when homes that match your criteria appear on MLS.
The best way to fast track your house hunting process is to hire our team at Geoff & Bobbie McGowan. We specialize in residential real estate across the Ottawa area. Contact us to check out all our listings and get a top-tier professional team on your side.