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First time home buying process: Step by step guide to buying a home

In this video we'll look at the step-by-step process of buying a house for

the first time, and how long does it take? That's starting right now.

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– Hi everyone I'm Karl,

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so you don't miss anything. So today I'm joined by Kevin French, realtor with

Re/max Realty, and the question we're gonna answer today is, what is the first

time home buying process in 2019? So Kevin, today if I was a first-time

homebuyer, what is the steps I would need to take on the path to homeownership?

– First step is going to be meet with a lender and understand your

affordability. So what range you're shopping within. Then you're going

to want to start looking at you—probably already have an idea of the areas that

you want to live in, and then it would be good to understand those areas more

through whether it's a brand new home and you're looking at the new build

options in the area or if you're meeting with a real estate agent and then going

to discuss you know, what your options are and then what your needs are with

them, and then they'll be able to narrow things down from there.

– So first of all we got obviously, your financing, right—

and again if you want to know more

about mortgage approval process, check out our playlist here in the description

below—and the second thing in terms of is area. So when you're looking at an

area, what are some things that you want to keep in mind?

– It depends on the person

and what their needs are but most important is going to be amenities, or

the amenities there or the amenities coming, how far do you want to be away

from them, how close do you want to be to them. Schools, if that's important, if the

homebuyer has children—and then access to main roads—access to whatever

routes they're going to take on a daily basis—and then lake communities, having

community with an HOA fee. A lot of the more inner-city communities don't have

HOA fees, that's because they weren't really a thing back when they were

developed, however now having a homeowner's association and then having

a yearly fee allows for your community to have a lot

of added green space that the City of Calgary is not going to take

care of, or added amenities such as a recreation centre, maybe a pool. Some

communities of course have a lake which would be included in there. So those are

yearly fees, they typically range from one hundred and fifty to five hundred

dollars which actually add a lot of value for a once a year—for a one-time payment.

– And if you want to know more about HOA fees, check out our video above and

in the description below. So once you've actually selected an area, and then now

you mentioned new versus previously owned homes, is there a way to

think about should you buy new versus should you buy previously used?

– I would say firstly depends on the person. If you're a person who's nervous about

unknown expenses or having to replace a roof, replace a furnace, a hot water tank,

those are things that are more common obviously in a resale property.

And then if you're purchasing brand new you get the comfort of having

everything new of course, and then having the benefits of a new home warranty plus

a builder warranty that's going to be included with that. And then you're going

to want to make sure that you're purchasing with a reputable builder that

stands by their warranty in their product.

– Let's say you've actually selected a home whether it's new or previously

owned. What are the next steps after that?

– Once you've—some people are more comfortable having a

property inspection on a new home as well, but obviously on a resale I'd

recommended having an home inspection and then from there you go through the

property. It's important to have a real estate agent that has a critical eye and

it's important for the buyer to be critical themselves. It's easy to walk

into a home and love the vaulted ceiling or love that it has a big garage or love

that it has a nice ensuite, but the reality is is that once you get past all

of the nice-to-haves you should look at the negatives in the

property as well, and kind of be more critical so that you understand what

you're getting yourself into. For example, the renovations that were

done professionally versus renovations that we're done by the homeowner who is

obviously not a contractor, not qualified to do them, and then other

things such as you know, do the exterior of the property and how the land is sloped,

and is the foundationg going to have issues. Most of these

items are covered with the home inspector but it's important to know

what you're getting yourself into so you can feel sound in the purchase in the end.

– And if you were to purchase a brand new home, what are some of the things in

terms of upgrades that you would be thinking of - because I'm sure the home

builders would probably want you to you know, include a whole bunch of other

things and whether you could afford it or not right?

– Yeah in 2009 when it was difficult to sell homes, builders started to include a

lot of the things that were then considered luxuries because you would

pay extra for you know, hard surface floor, and you'd pay extra for granite or

stone countertops, whether it be quartz, granite or other, and tile flooring,

things like that. In 2009 when it was more difficult to sell homes, those

things started to get thrown in as a bonus to incentivize people to buy homes.

Ever since then, in newer communities it's almost become the standard.

So having hard surfaced flooring in the main areas, whether it's laminate, luxury

vinyl plank or hardwood, having tile in the entryways and in the bathrooms, and

then having stone at least in the kitchen at the bare minimum and then

throughout the rest of the home is key. From there I would be careful with what

you spend your money upgrading if you wanted to do knock down ceiling versus

popcorn, it's not going to get you more money in the end when you go to sell

your property. Those are nice-to-haves. Hot water on demand, paying to have the

landscaping above and beyond just sod depends on of course the price point of

the property, but typically there's a lot of things that you can spend money on.

You should know going into it that you're spending it for your own use and

not for a resale return when you ultimately sell the property.

– So once you've actually selected a home, done the property inspection or inspected

it yourself, gone through the positive, negatives, and you want to make let's say

the offer on the house, what are the steps after that?

– So you would typically be

working with an agent. The agent will go through the—should go through the

comparable sales with you so you have a better understanding of what

properties in the area that are comparable are selling for don't so that

you can understand that this is a reasonable price to offer. They would

typically advise you on what to offer and then you'd have a few conditions.

Typically financing and property inspection there might be special

conditions if you're purchasing a condo that the pet is approved,

or multiple pets, or if you're purchasing, and then any condo typically

you would have a condo document review as well—and newer homes that's a pretty

straightforward because they're typically in many documents to review

except for the bylaws, but if you're purchasing a resale one you're certainly

going to want to know that, understand the financial health of the building to make

sure that there's no upcoming special assessments or surprises—and then to

make sure that you know what's planned for the building – are there windows being

replaced, is deciding getting repainted, things like that they're going to impact

how you live in the building.

– And then so, what is this step to actually once

you've made your, I guess your offer, what are the steps after that?

– Once the offer is made, hopefully accepted, then you'd have a conditional

period which is typically about 10 days. In that time if you're purchasing a condo,

the seller would provide you with the condo documents typically. Unless it's

foreclosure and then they would you would get the condo documents reviewed

by a professional reviewer, unless you're comfortable reviewing it yourself, and

then we'd have the financing condition. So as soon as the offer's accepted, that

would be sent to the lender and then they would get working on the file, and

then during that ten day period you would also do your home inspection.

You'd get a report from the inspector and then if you're comfortable with that and the

document review, and you do have financial approval, then you're good to

waive conditions and it's your home.

– Is there a place in there for any legal—

like, do you have to hire a lawyer when you buy a house?

– You can hire a

lawyer and have a lawyer review the purchase agreement in the documents.

Typically if you're purchasing a single-family home or bare land condo,

it would come with a real property report. You can get that, you can ask for

that or request that ahead of time during that conditional period to have

your lawyer review it and make sure that the land is exactly what you're

purchasing, but a lot of people often not go that route understanding that

it's a relatively straightforward process and the contracts do protect them.

– Okay, and then from there—so we went pretty much through the entire process

of buying a home. How how long does it normally take to do that?

– That depends on the buyer. Some buyers understand and know exactly

what they want and they purchase pretty quickly after they start the shopping

experience. I would say on average it's anywhere from two to four months. Some

buyers take a couple years or even longer than that, making sure that they get

exactly what they want. Or they're looking for a specific property that

doesn't come on the market often, but if you are purchasing and within that

two to four month time frame, I think it's important to look at more options

than less because when you move into the property and you ultimately take

possession, you want to make sure that you're comfortable with in the end. You

never want to have buyer's remorse and feel that you didn't see another option

that may have worked better for you, and the more that you see the more that you

become an expert yourself in the market, and the more you understand that it is

the right purchase when you ultimately do make it.

– All right. Do you have anything else to

add in terms of the actual first time home buying process?

– Iwould encourage people to understand lifestyle is probably the most important

thing to them and not give up anything—sorry, give up other things

such as a nicer home or a home that's slightly larger to get exactly what they

want. If commuting to work and having people over and entertaining is key, then

find a place that has a shorter commute to work and it has a nice entertainment

area—but perhaps maybe the basement is unfinished or maybe it's a

smaller home overall. Ultimately I think you should choose what fits your

lifestyle. Not what not what fits the larger home or the nice finishes.

– Great. So the question of the day I have for you is – what part of the home buying

process, whether you heard it today or your experience, did you find most

challenging and why? Let us know in the comment section below.

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