Finding a Great Home in a Hurry

Do you have only a few weeks to search for your next dream home? Don't

panic. There are things you can do to find the perfect (or, at least, almost

perfect) property — without getting too stressed out!

Consider these tips:

• Pre-arrange your mortgage. You want to be able to make a good

offer on a home right away, without worrying about financing. So, talk

to your mortgage advisor or lender about getting a mortgage preapproval.

Sellers will take your offer more seriously if you have

financing in hand.

• Decide what you want. What type of home are you looking for? What

type of neighbourhood do you want to live in? The narrower your

focus, the less time you’ll waste looking at properties that don’t fit your

needs.

• Be open to possibilities. There are probably terrific homes on the

market — right now — that are close to what you're looking for. So be

prepared to consider properties that are less-than-perfect. Remember,

what a home lacks today may be remedied with a renovation later on.

• Be flexible with your schedule. When you see a home you like,

schedule a viewing immediately, even if it's at an inconvenient

day/time, such as a weekday after work. Finding a great home, quickly,

is worth some inconvenience.

• Get alerted to new listings. As they say, the early-bird gets the worm.

So arrange to be alerted to new listings the moment they come on the

market. That way, you can see these properties right away.

Want more tips on finding a home, quickly? Give the Jill Ritchie Team a call.

Jill Ritchie