If you’re looking at buying a home in Port Coquitlam, you’re about to join one of the best cities in British Columbia. Of course, I’m a little biased, but the city’s natural beauty, culture and welcoming community are some of the best in the greater Vancouver area.
Port Coquitlam real estate offers a variety of condos and new homes to choose from, and I’m here to help make the home buying process as stress-free as possible. To start, here are a few tips that will help make the process less intimidating and get you one step closer to finding your dream home.
Make a List of Must-Haves
According to a recent survey of current British Columbia residents, the second most important feature that homebuyers look for is private outdoor living space. The first priority for 80 percent of homebuyers is finding a home that fits their budget. If you are like 65 percent of respondents and outdoor space is a must-have feature, add it to your list.
Other items on the list might include storage space, indoor parking, easy access to public transportation or high efficiency design. Whatever it is you’re looking for, it’s important to have a clear-cut idea of what you want.
If you’re buying a home with a spouse, discuss your priorities together. When it’s time to hire a real estate agent to find your Port Coquitlam home, he or she will be able to narrow down your options to help you find the perfect property.
Get Pre-Approved and Create a Budget
As you begin your search, you’ll also want to make sure to obtain pre-approval for a mortgage. Pre-approval has numerous benefits. For one, it will show that you’re a serious buyer. When you find a property that you like, you won’t lose time by applying afterwards.
Also, getting a mortgage pre-approval allows you establish a realistic price range. You’ll know how much you’re able to spend, which will make creating a budget much easier.
Learn About the Port Coquitlam Area
This might seem like a no-brainer, but learning as much as possible about the area you’re planning on moving to is essential for first-time buyers. To start, you can check out the city website to get an idea of the community events and city government in Port Coquitlam.
The city is a short drive away from Vancouver, has great public transportation and offers a wide selection of public and private schools. But these are just a few of the reasons why it’s a great place to live.
Hire a Qualified Port Coquitlam Real Estate Agent
Visiting the area and working with an experienced real estate agent can make the buying a home for the first time so much better. I was raised a short distance away from the area and know it like the back of my hand.
I’d be happy to go over your options and will work diligently to make sure your first home is one that you will love and cherish for years to come. Feel free to give the number at the top of your screen a call so you can be on your way to owning the perfect first home.