Hey Buyers! This Home-buying Plan Is For You

Attention home buyers! You probably can’t wait to get out there and make an offer on your new home. But wait a minute. Don’t start shopping without a plan.

It will save you time and money and make sure you get the right home for you.

  • Get your finances in order. This includes saving for your down payment, deciding on a budget, and getting pre-approved for your mortgage.
  • Do some research and decide on features. Once you have a budget you’ll have a better idea of where you can look for homes, what type of home you’ll be looking for and what features are within your budget. Knowing the neighborhoods and deciding what home features are absolute must-haves gives you a good place to start narrowing down the search.
  • Your real estate agent. You'll need a close ally by your side to guide you through the home-buying process. From pre-approval to closing day, I can make your home-buying process easy.
  • Start your home search. Since you already know what you’re looking for this will be the fun part!
  • Find the right home for you and make an offer. This is really where the final paperwork starts. You’ll put in an offer on paper and start the mortgage process.
  • Get your home appraised and inspected. Many first-time buyers don’t realize these are two different things. The appraisal is required by your mortgage company and the appraiser is a neutral party that examines the property to determine the current actual value. With a home inspection, the inspector examines the house for major and minor defects and safety issues. Often the sale of the home is contingent on the inspection showing the home has no significant defects. Most buyers get a general home inspection, but depending on the situation, you may need additional inspections such as a pest or sewer inspection or a radon test.
  • Get homeowners insurance. Contact your insurance agent and shop around for the right coverage.
  • Do the closing paperwork. This is the last opportunity to make sure you understand everything and sign the papers. You will have some money due at closing and get the keys.

That’s it. Just a few simple steps and you’re on your way to moving into your new home!  Contact me when you're ready to get your own home-buying plan started.  I'll be glad to help.


Supply still key to Victoria's housing market

April 2, 2024  A total of 588 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this March, 0.3 per cent fewer than the 590 properties sold in March 2023 but a 25.1 per cent increase from February 2024. Sales of condominiums were down 10.2 per cent from March 2023 with 177 units sold. Sales of single family homes increased 1.8 per cent from March 2023 with 286 sold.

"We've concluded a rather quiet first quarter and are transitioning into the spring market," said 2024 Victoria Real Estate Board Chair Laurie Lidstone. "Many of our local REALTOR® members are noting that more shoppers are coming into the market - but this has not necessarily translated into sales numbers. This may change as we move into what is historically the busiest market of the year."

There were 2,647 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of March 2024, an increase of 12 per cent compared to the previous month of February and a 34.4 per cent increase from the 1,970 active listings for sale at the end of March 2023.

"The increases in inventory we've seen in recent months really help to improve the health of our market," adds Chair Lidstone. "We have more inventory for consumers to consider when compared with recent years. This additional inventory improves both buyer and seller confidence as it means people have more options and more reassurance that they are going to be able to find their new home. As people buy and move, more properties are added to the available inventory, which supports a much healthier market. Supply really is key, and looking to the future we need to ensure that focus continues on the creation of new homes of all types and price points. If you're considering a move over the course of the spring market, connect with your favourite local Realtor for to-the-minute insight into our market to create your strategy."

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in March 2023 was $1,258,300. The benchmark value for the same home in March 2024 increased by 1.7 per cent to $1,279,300, up from February's value of $1,247,400. The MLS® HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core area in March 2023 was $549,000 while the benchmark value for the same condominium in March 2024 increased by 3.3 per cent to $567,300, up from the February value of $557,000.
MLS® property information is provided under copyright© by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and Victoria Real Estate Board. The information is from sources deemed reliable, but should not be relied upon without independent verification.