By: Perera Thaminda

January 2023 - Ottawa Real Estate

By: Perera Thaminda

Here are some things to consider

1. Location and surroundings: Take into account how close amenities, beautiful views, and nearby attractions are. 

2. Size and arrangement: Choose the size and arrangement that would best suit your needs. 

3. Examine the property's condition for any wear and tear, needed renovations, and repairs. 

4. Property characteristics: Check for amenities such a fireplace, terrace or patio, access to water, and storage space. 

5. Price and financing: Think about the purchase's initial price, down payment, recurring costs, and whether you require financing. 

6. Zoning laws and building codes: Verify that the property complies with any zoning laws and building requirements in the area.

7. Infrastructure and utilities: Verify whether there is access to services like power, water, and sewage as well as to roads and communication networks.

8. Evaluate the expenses and obligations associated with maintaining and fixing the property.

9. Insurance: Consider whether you need insurance coverage, and look into your possibilities.

10. Legal considerations: To comprehend the legal ramifications of buying a cottage, such as property rights and taxes, seek the counsel of a lawyer.

By: Perera Thaminda

Establishing a budget for a home purchase entails figuring out how much you can afford to spend on a home and how much cash you'll need for related fees, like a down payment, closing costs, and moving expenses. Here are some suggestions for creating a home purchase budget: 

1. Calculate your monthly income and outgoings. 

2. Determine your monthly mortgage payment affordability. 

3. Take into account the extra expenses associated with owning, such as property taxes, insurance, and upkeep. 

4. Take your down payment and closing costs into account. 

5. Create a savings strategy to help you reach your objectives. 

6. Regularly review your budget and make any necessary alterations. 

7. Get mortgage pre-approval to validate your spending plan and increase your negotiating leverage.

By: Perera Thaminda

Let's get started - First-time home buyer

Here are some good topics for first-time home buyers:

-Estimating a property purchase budget 

-Awareness of various mortgage products and interest rates 

-Getting ready to pay a down payment 

-Credit score and credit improvement 

-Home warranties and inspections 

-Insurance for homeowners 

-Fees and closing charges 

-Analysis of the real estate market and trends in home values 

-Using a real estate agent 

-The steps and timetable involved in purchasing a home 

-Costs associated with home upkeep.

By: Perera Thaminda

Buying a home and renting both have pros and cons, and the decision between the two will depend on individual circumstances, such as financial situation, personal preference, and life plans.

Advantages of buying a home:

  • Building equity over time as the property increases in value
  • More stability and control over the living environment
  • Ability to make alterations and improvements to the property
  • Potential long-term financial benefits if the property increases in value

Advantages of renting:

  • More flexibility, as it is easier to move if needed
  • Lower upfront costs and fewer maintenance responsibilities
  • No need to worry about property values declining
  • Rent can be used as a tax deduction

Ultimately, the choice between buying a home or renting will depend on a range of personal and financial factors, and it is recommended to carefully consider all options before making a decision.

By: Perera Thaminda

Help you get started with your home buying process

1.    Determine your budget: Calculate your income, debts, and savings to determine how much you can afford to spend on a home.

2.    Get pre-approved for a mortgage: This will give you an idea of the price range of homes you can afford and strengthen your bargaining power with sellers.

3.    Hire a real estate agent: An experienced agent can help you navigate the home-buying process and find properties that match your needs and budget.

4.    Start looking at homes: Browse listings online, attend open houses, and drive around neighborhoods to get a feel for the area.

5.    Find your dream home: Once you have a shortlist of homes that you like, schedule visits to see them in person.

6.    Make an offer: If you find a home that you want to buy, work with your real estate agent to make an offer to the seller.

7.    Get a home inspection: Before finalizing the sale, hire a home inspector to ensure that the home is in good condition and identify any potential issues.

8.    Close the deal: Once the inspection is complete and you and the seller have agreed on the terms, sign the closing documents and take ownership of your new home.

9.    Get insurance: Purchase homeowner's insurance to protect your investment and personal belongings.

10.Move in: Pack up your belongings, move into your new home, and start enjoying your new space.

In Summary:

A checklist for first-time home buyers includes: determining budget, getting pre-approved for a mortgage, hiring a real estate agent, looking at homes, finding the dream home, making an offer, getting a home inspection, closing the deal, purchasing homeowner's insurance, and moving in.

By: Perera Thaminda

Myths vs Facts about down payment

Myths vs Facts 

about down payment

You need to put down a 20% down payment

Down payment of 5%-10% is more common

You need perfect credit score to buy a home

Having a good credit score helps, but do not need a perfect credit score

You only need to worry about the mortgage costs

You also need closing costs (i.e., home inspection, lawyer and etc.)

By: Perera Thaminda

If you are relocating, then you should work with a local realtor.

The average price of a detached home in Ottawa rose more than 15 per cent from last year. This increase in value makes it more important than ever to work with an Ottawa real estate agent who can help you navigate the local market. Here are just some of the benefits that come with working with an experienced broker:

Ottawa real estate agents have significant marketing experience and knowledge of the local market.

Many Ottawa real estate agents are passionate about the city and love to share their knowledge of it with others. They're skilled at promoting homes in Ottawa, and they have the latest technology to help them market your home with the best results possible.

Ottawa real estate agents also know what sells in Ottawa, so you can rest assured that your property will be marketed effectively.

Ottawa real estate agents can advise you on what improvements to make before you put your home on the market.

When you're thinking about selling your home, an Ottawa real estate agent can help you decide what improvements to make. They can also provide advice on the following:

  • What improvements will help them sell your home quickly?

  • What improvements will help them sell your home at a higher price?

  • What improvements will help them sell your home for more money?

Ottawa real estate agents know the documents needed for a transaction and help complete them accurately.

  • Real estate agents know the documents required for a transaction, and can help you complete them accurately.

  • Real estate agents understand how to complete each document properly, and will ensure that everything is filled out correctly.

  • Real estate agents are familiar with the legal process, and can help you understand what is needed from both a buyer’s or seller’s perspective. This ensures that your documents are accurate and on time.

Ottawa real estate agents can provide you with a comparative market analysis (CMA) to help determine the correct price.

Ottawa real estate agents can provide you with a comparative market analysis (CMA) to help determine the correct price. A CMA is a report that compares your home to similar properties that have recently sold or are currently for sale. The information in the CMA will help you understand how buyers perceive your property, as well as its value and what it might expect to sell for at the current time.

You can use this information to decide if you need to lower or raise your asking price based on what's typical in the area, which will give potential buyers confidence in their ability to purchase your home without overpaying.

Ottawa real estate agents offer advice on pricing strategy and how best to market your property.

Ottawa real estate agents are there to help you set a suitable price for your home. They can advise on the best way to market it and how best to sell it.

The first step in pricing your property is determining what similar homes have sold for in the neighbourhood lately, as well as taking into account any renovations or upgrades that you may have made to your home.

If you’re thinking about selling but aren’t sure if it makes sense financially, speak with an Ottawa Realtor who can help guide you through this process.

A good real estate agent will tell you like it is, without sugar coating it!

  • A good real estate agent will tell you like it is, without sugar coating it.

  • A good real estate agent will give you advice about what to do, and what not to do.

  • A good real estate agent will help you make informed decisions.

The more information you have, the better position you'll be in when making purchasing decisions.

A Realtor will be able to provide you with information on the local market, comparable properties and recent sale prices. They'll also know where you can find homes for sale in your price range, as well as all of the important details that help determine whether or not a home is right for you.

  • When it comes time to negotiate an offer, negotiating with a real estate agent can help you get a better deal on your home purchase.

  • A Realtor will also be able to help guide you through the entire process from start-to-finish so that everything goes smoothly and without hassles.

By: Perera Thaminda

Find the right mortgage that fits your needs.

Mortgage lenders will offer you many different types of mortgages.

  • Fixed Rate Mortgages: These are the most common mortgages and have a set interest rate for the duration of your home loan. The benefit is that you know exactly what your payment is going to be each month, weekly or bi-weekly, etc. They don’t change over time unless you refinance your property.

  • Variable Rate Mortgages: Variable rate mortgages, these can adjust monthly or annually based on the prime rate. Variable Rate Loans tend to have lower initial rates than fixed rate loans but there may be some risk if prime rates rise during your term when it resets higher than what it was initially set at.

Find the right real estate agent to help you with your home search.

A real estate agent can help you with a lot of things, but they're not the same as a lawyer or mortgage broker. They can help you find the right home, negotiate a good price and protect you by adding necessary clauses to protect you as a buyer.

Find the right home inspector.

Your home inspector is an expert who will check the home for any problems (visual). To find the right home inspector, look for someone with certification from organizations like the Home Inspection Institute, who has performed at least 500 inspections and has been in business for at least 5 years.

Find the right lawyer.

Once you’ve found your realtor, it's time to find a lawyer. The right lawyer can be an invaluable asset and help you avoid making costly mistakes. When choosing a lawyer, consider whether they have experience in the area of real estate law, as well as their personality and communication style.

Start looking at homes online and in person with your realtor.

First, start looking at homes online and in person. You’ll want to look at the MLS listings to see what’s available in your desired area and price range.

To get a feel about what types of homes are available in your neighborhood, visit a few open houses and talk to your real estate agent about which properties you like. This can give you a better idea of what kind of home will work best for you and your family before getting serious about any particular house or neighborhood.

If possible, take some time this week to visit some open houses with your family and speak with an experienced Realtor who knows the local market/neighbourhood well enough that they could help find exactly what it is that you desire most out of your next home purchase!

Get your finances in order.

  • Get a good credit score

  • Save enough money for the down payment and closing costs (Minimum 5.0% required + Closing costs)

  • Save enough money for moving costs if you're selling your current home before buying the next one

  • Save enough money in case repairs or maintenance are needed after closing