If you are planning to look for a new home sometime in the future, you may be wondering how long the process will take. How much time should you set aside for viewings? How many of the listed homes should you see?
Of course, the process varies from person to person. On a Saturday afternoon, you can comfortably look at three or four potential properties. You can see more if you want to make a full day of it.
One factor that impacts the home shopping process is how clearly you know what you're looking for. For example, if you're certain you want a three bedroom bungalow, with an attached garage in a specific neighbourhood, then the process will be fairly simple. You will only view properties that closely meet that criteria.
But if you're the kind of person who simply says, "I'll know it when I see it", then you'll need to look at several homes on the market. That means carving out plenty of room in your schedule for viewings.
Either way, it is important to be ready to submit the offer on the home you find that is "it" for you. That means obtaining a pre-approved mortgage from your financial institution before you start house hunting so you know what you can comfortably afford and positions you to make an offer immediately.
A good REALTOR® can help you understand what's available on the market and which homes are worth seeing. She can also help you determine how long the process will likely take, and show you ways to make the process go more quickly and smoothly.
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