As the ultimate Vancouver real estate matchmaker, I have a lot of people ask me how to find their perfect home.
The short answer is to work with me!
If you can’t do that though, the key is to make your listing searches count. Not sure how to do that? No problem! I’ve created this handy-dandy set of steps to help you out…
How to search for your next piece of Vancouver real estate
You can’t find your perfect piece of Vancouver real estate if you don’t know what you want. That’s why it’s important to take time to identify what you’re looking for. Is this going to be your party pad? A family home? An investment property? The more clear you can be about your goals wants and needs, the more likely you are to meet them.
2. Decide on your budget
You may be focused on your dream property, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to be able to pay for it! So there’s no point in looking at Vancouver real estate you can’t afford. That’s why, before you check out any listings, I recommend establishing your budget. Also think about whether this is a soft budget that you would bend for the right property or a hard budget that you can’t go over.
3. Figure out the details
You’ve already got your general goals, wants, and needs, so now it’s time to get specific! Make a list of all the parameters for your new property. How many bedrooms do you need? What square footage do you want? Are there amenities you can’t do without? Put it all down. You may also want to star what the deal-breakers are. That will help prevent you from getting swept up in a purchase that isn’t really right for you down the road.
4. Educate yourself
One of the reasons my clients work with me is my extensive knowledge of the city and its neighbourhoods. If you are searching for Vancouver real estate on your own, it’s vital that you establish some knowledge base in these two areas too. Look into the various neighbourhoods in the city. Learn what each neighbourhood is known for, how safe it is, what it offers to its residents, etc. Don’t forget to keep a list of the neighbourhoods you connect with most!
5. Optimize your search
Now you’re ready to jump into the Vancouver real estate market. Search Vancouver real estate listings, using MLS numbers, postal codes and neighbourhoods. Also, make sure to limit your searches by plugging your various parameters into advanced searches.
Where to look for Vancouver real estate listings
Not sure where to find Vancouver real estate? Start with my listings! Not only are all the properties on my listings vetted by me, but I’ve made it easy to categorize results based on things like price, square footage, or the number of bedrooms.
Feeling overwhelmed by your Vancouver real estate searches? Cut right to the chase and work with me! I’ll take care of everything for you, so you can focus on enjoying your dream home!