Home Buying Guide

Buying a home, or buying an investment property, is a big step. However, it doesn't have to be complex when you have a knowledgeable real estate professional, a REALTOR®, working for you.

Hire me as your Buyer's representative.  I will do the work for you to make the process much easier and more efficient than if you did it all yourself. We can have some fun along the way. Let's meet and discuss YOUR needs.

Some things to think about as you start the process;

Financing - Do you have something to sell (we can help with that too!)  Have you been pre-approved? We can connect you with mortgage brokers or bankers that know how to help you.  Having a preapproval in place will make your offer stronger and help you get the best price on the home you want to buy.

What constitutes your dream home? What are your investment goals?  What about neighbourhood?  Let's talk about the list of features that you would absolutely love to be in the home; those that would be icing on the cake; and those that you could, just could, live without IF together we find the perfect property doesn't have them. Certain factors such as the right neighbourhood for schools; the fact that there's a pool in the back yard; or the property is close to bus routes, highway(s), or shopping and restaurants, all need to be included in the list so that we can work on that perfect fit.

Negotiation - once you've found a place that you love, I'll work hard to make sure we buy it for the lowest possible price with the best terms available, making sure we write the contract in a way that protects you.

Home inspections and home insurance are important. We know the best people in the business and can recommend several businesses that will do a good job for you. 

Completion and Possession - after we've worked to buy the house you love within your determined budget, then, through our office, I'll help you through the conveyancing process.  That's the process of sending the purchase paperwork to the lawyers, transferring the property from the seller's name into yours, and onwards to getting you the keys and moving in!

Income real estate holds a fascination for me. It is a real, tangible asset that produces a regular monthly income. Bought and managed correctly, income real estate should be a part of everyone's investment program.

In college, I studied real estate appraisal.  My family has been in the real estate business for over 40 years and I helped manage that. So it was natural for me to get into the business full time after retiring from managing the Mertin Auto Group in Chilliwack. At the time I left that business I was a minority partner and the General Manager of the three dealerships and a lease business. In 30 years of growth, the business went from a small business to a company that had nearly 200 employees and sales of $100,000,000. 

I have also been a partner with Ambstep Homes in several large real estate developments. I am an experienced business man, an experienced negotiator, an experienced marketer, an experienced developer, and a real estate nerd. I just love the business.

I am a guy who loves finding value, that is why real estate work is so much fun for me. I get to put my marketing and negotiation experience to work: to go out and help people find what they are looking for and help them acquire it for the best possible price. Helping people maximize the value of their real estate investment is a joy.

If you are considering a real estate decision in the Fraser Valley, I would be a valuable advisor and would appreciate the opportunity to work with you.  It's my job to look after your best interests, and I will do so at no cost to you as a buyer.

If you're ready to start house hunting, you can search real estate listings here and now on my website, OR, you can use the link below to contact me and we'll get to work immediately.