Category Archive for "Buying"

Thinking of living in a rural location?

Ryan Coffey

Beyond the common dichotomy of condos versus houses, there is rural property. They’re  typically more quiet, spacious and more out of the way.  Depending on the person these may be appealing details or unappealing details. Beyond that, it is still…

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Condominium Or House: Which one Is Right For You?

Ryan Coffey

One of the often quoted reason for buying real estate is that “Land is the only thing they’re not making more of.” As the global population continues to rise and spread into ever more corners of the world, the need…

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Five things you should not do before you buy a home

Ryan Coffey

So you have decided it is time to buy a home. Congratulations, you have made a wise decision. Planning ahead is crucial to buying a home, particularly if you don’t have extensive financial resources. Since mortgage lenders will be sizing…

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The Most Subjective Term in Real Estate?

Ryan Coffey

Nanaimo is a waterfront town with an elongated shape much of which is built upon hills, ridges and a mountain. This means that we have an awful lot of homes with ocean views in Nanaimo. Today, you can find a…

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Negotiating A Good Price As A Buyer

Ryan Coffey

There is a long list of little tips and tricks that Realtors such as myself use to try and get a better price for our clients while trying to bring a deal together. The following is not such a list…

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What Creates Value in a Home?

Ryan Coffey

Not “Location, location, location.” Or, not just that at least. Regardless of what I write on this topic, it will only be a summary of general principles. You see, in some ways houses are like people. They are all unique,…

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When Should I Buy My First Home?

Ryan Coffey

I don’t hear a lot of people asking me this question. It’s obviously an important question, but I think it’s because they realize that it is an invitation for a Realtor to use their magic mind control techniques to trick…

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Up Markets and Down Markets, When to Buy and Sell. (Part 1)

Here’s a question that I’m sure is on the minds of many people in any market: Q: “When should I buy a home?” A: “When you can afford to make the payments. No sooner, no later.” But a lot of…

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Why You Should Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Ryan Coffey

Buyer: “Hi Ryan, I’m thinking of buying a home in Nanaimo…” Me: “Are you pre-approved?” I’m actually not quite that direct, but this is one of, if not the first question I ask every Buyer I work with. Being pre-approved…

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Nanaimo’s Neighbourhoods

When you are looking at listings on the MLS system you will see what is referred to ‘sub areas’ in the system. If you’re not from Nanaimo and often even when you are, it may be a little confusing figuring…

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