6 Steps To Buying A Home

For first time buyers or those who haven’t been in the housing market for a while, hunting for the perfect home can quickly become confusing and stressful.

We’ve broken the whole process down into six simple steps to give you an idea of what to expect.

 

6 Steps to Buying a Home

 

 

  1. Evaluate your finances

Look at your income and expenses. Work out how your current rent or mortgage payments affect your finances. Use a home financing calculator to get a better idea of how much you can afford. Speak to a mortgage broker about getting pre-approved for a mortgage.

 

  1. Find a Realtor®

We know a few! Contact Team Powerhouse Realty to meet Realtors® with expert knowledge of Prince George and Fort St. James, or find someone you trust in your area. Read our blog post on Choosing a Realtor for more tips.

 

  1. Discuss your wants and needs with your Realtor®

A good Realtor® will listen to your requirements and tailor their services to your needs. At the same time, be prepared to listen to their advice about what the market has to offer in your price range and geographic area.

 

  1. Attend open houses and private showings

Your Realtor® will take you on private viewings of properties you are interested in and will give their expert opinion on the advantages and drawbacks of each property.

You may also decide to attend open houses, typically held on Sundays, to get an idea of the homes on offer in your price range.

 

  1. Research the neighbourhood

Once you’ve found a home you like, make sure you are comfortable with the neighbourhood. If it is unfamiliar to you, ask your Realtor® what they know about the area, or go online to find out about the local demographics and access to amenities.

 

  1. Make an Offer

Decision time! If you feel nervous about the process of making an offer, ask your Realtor® to show you a sample contract beforehand. The offer should be subject to financing and a home inspection. If you are buying in a rural area, you may want to include septic and well inspections in the subjects.

 

 

Happy house hunting!

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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Brad Messum

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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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