Home Buying Blogs – Kelowna

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Avoid These 3 Mortgage MistakesUnless a Kelowna South home buyer is purchasing a home with cash, they need to get a home loan. Mortgages are one of the most important parts of the home-buying process. However, getting a mortgage isn’t quite as easy as just applying with the first lender that shows up on Google. Mistakes are easy to make if the buyer doesn’t know about them. Here are some of the different mortgage mistakes buyers often make and how to avoid them.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage or home loan professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

The Buyer Goes With the First Option Found

A quick Google search will turn up many different mortgage lenders who would be more than happy to have a buyer’s business.

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Key Considerations in Refinancing a Home LoanThrough their many loan products, lenders allow homeowners to refinance their home loan and secure better terms. Through this process, homeowners may acquire a lower interest rate, saving themselves lots of money across the life of their loan. Or they may simply unlock equity in their home to cover an upcoming large purchase, such as home improvements. Before taking this step, however, it is important for Kelowna North homeowners to learn all the key things to know about refinancing a home loan. Get started with this guide.

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Refinancing Comes with Potentially High Costs

Before homeowners

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What to Know Before Buying a Historic HomeKelowna North home buyers don’t have to be history buffs in order to buy a historic home. Historic homes are available to anyone who has the proper budget and is willing to work to maintain it. But what exactly is a historic home? These homes are buildings historic figures have lived in or where historic events have taken place. If living in this sort of home sounds like a dream come true, the next step is to understand what goes into owning a historic home. Here are some of the things buyers need to consider before purchasing a historic home.

Historic Homes Often Require Renovating

While it’s possible to find a historic home with the work already done, more often, historic homes are sold as fixer-upper homes. Buyers need to have a good idea of

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What You Need to Know Before Renting Your HomeRenting a Glenrosa home to a tenant is a big responsibility. If it's your first time being a landlord, you may have a lot to learn in order to be successful. You'll need to know how to make the home attractive and comfortable for your tenants. You'll also need to learn how to treat your tenants fairly and lawfully, according to the laws of your province. These tips can help you become a better landlord to your future tenants.

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Prepare the Home

Before the home can be occupied by tenants, it must first be made ready. There are many things a landlord can do to prepare their future home for tenants.

Make

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How to Decide If Age-Restricted Communities Are Right for YouThere are laws in Canada that prevent HOAs from placing age restrictions on housing, but the one exception to these regulations is made for senior living. Considering the rising population of retirees, age-restricted communities are popping up at record rates in practically every corner of the country. Before a Joe Rich homebuyer chooses this option, it helps to understand the reality of these communities. Learn more about both the perks and potential disadvantages before getting a down payment together.

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Learning the Age Laws

Some communities are obviously designed with seniors in mind. Their marketing

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Agent Warning Signs You Should KnowAll Glenmore home buyers and sellers need to work with a real estate agent. However, many buyers and sellers may not know when to start when looking for the agent who is right for them. Every agent is different, and there are agents who will be a good match for a buyer or seller, and there are agents who will be a bad match—it’s just a matter of determining which is which. Here are some important red flags everyone needs to know about before hiring an agent.

The Agent Works Part-Time

Like any job, in order to truly be an expert, the worker needs to do the job all the time—not just on weekends or when they’re free. Being a real estate agent is a profession that requires a lot of time and effort to learn. If an agent says they only work part-time,

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What to Know About Interest Rates When Buying a HomeWhile finding the perfect home may not always be challenging for Glenrosa buyers, the in-depth processes necessary to complete a sale transaction usually are somewhat formidable. Some of the most misunderstood aspects of buying a home involve finances—particularly within the realm of choosing the right kind of mortgage and calculating interest costs over the course of the loan. With this in mind, we offer a guide to understanding more about mortgage loans and interest rates in Canada.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Mortgage Payment and Interest Considerations

Most buyers are aware of the basic concept of mortgages, even if they are first-time

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How to Research the Market Before Buying a HomeTruly understanding the Canadian real estate market takes a lot of time and expertise. The trends and nuances of each neighborhood are so specific that even professionals may feel at a loss from time to time. But despite the intricacies of real estate, homebuyers can still learn plenty if they take the time to do their research first. Acquiring general knowledge of what homes are selling, why certain homes may sell more than others, and why certain features are more valuable than others can be the keys to getting started. Homebuyers who want to approach their research as efficiently as possible should keep these tips in mind.

Historical Trends

Most buyers will start with the average sale price in the area to get a general sense of what they can

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Improve Your Home Office to Add Value to Your PropertyBuyers who are searching for a new home to buy are often looking for a place that offers functional rooms amid an open floor plan. A home office is a desirable feature for buyers across all demographics, from young professionals who want a comfortable place to work from home to retirees who still need a quiet place to retreat from daily life.

By creating an efficient home office, homeowners can increase their property value while simultaneously improving their current living space.These tips can help anyone create an efficient home office:

Design a Home Office Where Privacy is the Top Priority

A home office should be an escape from the rest of the household, where people may be cooking, cleaning, playing or watching the game on TV. Privacy

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Should I Buy a Home with a Septic System?Homes with a septic system in Canada are actually better for the environment because there's less risk of raw sewage seeping into the environment. However, septic systems also come with specific responsibilities for the homeowners that they should know before going any further. For those considering buying a home with an older septic system, keep these tips in mind before putting in an offer.

Septic System Requirements

Canadian homeowners are required to follow the building codes laid out by their neighborhood. These regulations may vary from block to block, but buyers should think about the following:

  • State of the system: A septic system will last for about 25 years. The homeowners should know the condition of the system, especially if
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