Condos are a popular choice for many home buyers, particularly retirees and young professionals. If you’re thinking of buying a condo in Prince George, BC, contact a Realtor® at Team Powerhouse Realty and consider our condo buying tips:

 

1. Check your financing

Buying a condo is a little bit different than buying a single family home. Half of the condo fee (for maintenance and repairs to the building) will be included in your debt calculation when you apply for a mortgage.

 

2. Location, location, location

When you start looking for a condo, think about the location. Is the building itself in a good neighbourhood with access to the amenities you need? If you don’t know the neighbourhood, go there at different times of day to get a better feel for it.

Is the condo you’re considering well-located within the building? Do you want to be so close to the elevators? Are you overlooking the garbage bins? A good view can be beneficial when it comes to resale. Southern exposure will give you lots of light, but will also be hotter in summer months.

 

3. Ask about the building construction

Was any effort made to reduce noise between units? How is the building heated and ventilated? Is the building energy efficient? If you’re buying a unit in a new building, ask if it comes with a new home warranty.

 

4. Understand the fees

The building may have other amenities such as parking, a gym or a swimming pool. Find out how those facilities are paid for.

Find out whether utilities (gas, electricity, water) are included in the condo fee or if they are separately metered.

All condos will have fees that cover costs to the building such as maintenance and repairs. Make sure you know exactly how much you will be paying and what it covers.

 

5. Be comfortable with the rules

Condo buildings all have established rules. These rules can help protect your interests, but they can also get in the way of some of the decisions you want to make. You may want to check, for example, if they allow pets, if they have quiet hours, or if they allow you to rent out your apartment.

 

6. Get to know the condo association

A dysfunctional association can be a headache to deal with. Ask a few questions about how things are run, or ask for a copy of the minutes of their last meeting to get an idea of how well the building is managed. You may want to inquire into the association’s finances. It’s important to know there’s money in the pot to get things fixed.

For more detailed information on buying a condo, take a look at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Condominium Buyers Guide.

Can McLeod

Pursuing a successful real estate career in beautiful Prince George has been an amazing opportunity for me. I pride myself on high standards, professionally and ethically, and I work hard to get my clients the results they are looking for. Home renovation projects are a passion of mine, and I enjoy discussing how buyers can adapt properties to suit their needs.

I like to tackle projects that are both creative and technical, and I’m often tinkering with Hot Rods and motorbikes. I also host a local radio show, which has been a great way to express myself. I look forward to the future and to working with you to achieve your real estate goals.

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Chris Lodge

Hi, my name is Chris Lodge and I am in my sixth year of selling Real Estate in Prince George and Fort St. James. I have always loved houses, whether it be fluffing, decorating, renovating, preparing them for sale or selling them I am in my element.

I am professional, knowledgeable and personable and I would love to help you sell your home or help you find one that suit’s you needs. I try very hard to offer my clients a stress-less, drama free Real Estate experience. I will do my best to meet and hopefully exceed your expectations of a Real Estate Professional.

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Crystal Brown

My name is Crystal Brown, REALTOR® at Team Powerhouse Realty. My career as a professional agent began in May 2015. Since then I have enjoyed many successes in helping people buy and sell homes.

I have lived in Prince George for nearly 20 years. During that time I have been actively involved in the community through my business and personal life, and have also taken on a variety of volunteer positions. I have built valuable networks and a deep understanding of the city and its people. I use that knowledge every day when advising residents and newcomers on their next move. Great relationships are the foundation of true success.

I continue to look ahead to the future of real estate with excitement and determination as I see many opportunities for growth in my business, as well as in my community.

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Mark McVey

I am a long-term resident of Prince George and have been selling real estate here since 1997. I am CEO at Team Powerhouse Realty, a company I co-founded in 2007. I have a passion for helping people, and get great fulfillment out of negotiating the best terms for my loyal clientele.

I love sharing my real estate skills and knowledge with others, and am a Buffini & Company Certified Mentor. In addition to my busy work schedule, I am also actively involved in men's soccer, the Cinema CNC Film Festival and PG Roadrunners. I am also a RYT200 Certified Yoga Instructor.

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Steve Andersen

Like most realtors I began my real estate career doing residential sales, and since I live on a rural property I really enjoy doing the more complicated country property sales.

While I still enjoy helping buyers and sellers with their housing needs I have transitioned over to doing more commercial sales and leasing. I find this both interesting and challenging and feel my skills are well suited to dealing with complicated commercial/industrial/business real estate transactions.

I endeavour to provide exceptional professional service to my clients putting their needs first so they trust me, enjoy dealing with me and recommend me to their friends and acquaintances.

On a personal level I am married with two children, have lived in Prince George since childhood and have always been a real outdoorsman. Prince George has so much to offer, is a great place to raise children and I really enjoy taking the family on camping and fishing trips throughout the Prince George area and our beautiful province.

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Rolf Van Driesum

Rolf was born and raised in Prince George, BC. A previous career in construction and current involvement in the mining industry provide him with an unparalleled insight into market trends and commercial opportunities throughout the region.

Rolf is driven by a desire to provide leadership in a number of capacities, both locally and internationally. He is engaged in development opportunities in Thailand, Myanmar, and the Dominican Republic as well as in British Columbia. Rolf joined Team Powerhouse Realty in 2011, and has since become part of the management team.

Rolf is also a husband, father to four and grandfather to four. He is a member of the Westwood Church.

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Rebecca Worthington

I work by referral helping buyers, sellers and investors stay focused on their big picture goals while I focus on the details. Exceptional client care, current market expertise and strong negotiating tactics are paramount to my business. I specialize in family homes and investment properties.

My husband and I were both born and raised in Prince George and are now raising our beautiful four daughters here. This is a wonderful community to be a part of as it has so much to offer.

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