Toronto Real Estate- Factors to Consider When Searching for a Home by:Robert Kennedy
When looking at Toronto homes for sale there are several factors you must keep in mind. Buying a home is not just about putting some money together for a down payment and purchasing a home that looks good to you, its about finding the best place for your family to live. Here are several factors that you must consider.
To begin with, you need to decide how long you would like to live at the said address. If you sell the house within a short period of time, its value may not have appreciated enough to earn you any profits or even cover the costs of acquiring it. In this regard various economic factors may come into play to affect its value. Experts suggest in Toronto, given the 2%-4% annual housing market increase, you should plan to live at the same address for a minimum of five years before deciding to sell. This will help ensure that your costs are covered barring a housing market downturn.
It is recommended to determine how much it costs to run the property on a monthly and yearly basis. The calculation for this should include the cost of the mortgage payments, insurance, home improvements and maintenance as well as property taxes. There may be a homeowners levy fee that you will have to pay if you have bought a townhouse, flat or live in a certain community. This is a monthly fee that must be taken into consideration when purchasing the property. If you find that adding these costs to your calculations makes the property too expensive to run, you should try to negotiate and have them lowered or look for a different property.
Most Toronto homes for sale have all the utilities you need in place. However, you should not just assume that what you are looking for will be available. You may find that in some places the services you need may not be readily available at a reasonable cost. Water is a utility that is often overlooked when buying a house. For instance, you will want to know if the water heater works well, if the tap water is drinkable, and whether or not there is adequate pressure.
When you own your own home you are completely responsible for the regular maintenance, the emergency maintenance, the yard work and virtually everything that has anything to do with your house. This is sometimes shocking to those who are buying for the first time, sometimes renting doesnt seem so bad after all! So, be sure you can afford and budget for all the hidden expenses that are an inevitable part of home ownership.
When looking at Toronto homes for sale, be sure to assess how long the home will serve and meet the needs of your family. You need to know what you need now and in the next five years to feel satisfied with the home you are looking at. If you are planning on starting a family, a two bedroom house may quickly become too small for you. Take this into consideration and get a house with room to grow and expand your family. However, if the property has a large yard you may consider adding to it by making alterations. Thinking ahead will make it much easier to choose the best home and will ensure satisfaction in the purchase you make.
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