When you’re searching for a home, making appointments to view listings can feel really exciting. You start to imagine yourself in these new spaces and it’s hard not to personalize things as soon as you set foot in a home that caught your eye.


As a top Oakville realtor for over a decade, I’ve certainly seen potential buyer’s excitement turn to disappointment when they finally get the chance to tour a listing that they were interested in. When you’re touring homes for sale, it really is important to keep an open mind, which can sometimes be easier said than done.

What’s Okay to Ignore When Looking for A Home?

Not to worry, as a trusted and experienced Oakville realtor, I’ll always make sure that important concerns are never overlooked. Things like electrical or structural issues, disrepair, or evidence of leaks certainly require attention and may be a reason to forgo putting in an offer on a home. 


However, there are three...

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As a busy Oakville realtor, I hear from people all the time that they’re worried their children will never be able to afford to buy a home. It seems to be a common topic of discussion with home prices continually rising while requirements for down payments remain out of reach for many.


Whether you think your children will be interested in living in Oakville or another part of the GTA or would prefer to settle down in a smaller town like Guelph, the thought of buying a home as a young person just starting out can certainly seem overwhelming.

How Parents & Grandparents Can Help the Next Generation

Having the means to help your grown children or grandchildren buy real estate is a blessing and a luxury. However, before you hand over cash or sign on the dotted line, it’s important to take time to explore the best options for everyone involved. 

 

Based on current home prices it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that most young people receive some...

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After the decision is made to buy a house, many people debate about whether they should buy new or purchase an older home. If you are looking to buy a house in Oakville, you will certainly have options when it comes to the type of home you might be looking for. Interestingly, real estate stats report that the percentage of those who strongly or somewhat prefer buying a newly built home weighs in at 41%. So, for the most part, prospective home buyers still favour existing homes.

What To Consider Before Buying An Older Home

Here are some of the more popular reasons to buy an older home.

  • Old world construction. Older homes have stood for decades and tend to have genuine craftsmanship with meticulous attention to detail. You will often hear people say “they don't make them like they used to”!
  • Larger yard. Years ago, when land was cheaper, builders built on larger lot sizes.
  • More character. Interesting architectural features are more common in older homes such as arches or s...
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Every potential home buyer has a wish list when it comes to what they want in their ideal home. As a seasoned Oakville realtor, Sue Heddle Homes has helped hundreds of clients find homes that meets their needs. While tastes and preferences do differ, there are often similarities when it comes to groups of home buyers.


For example, empty nesters are often looking for a smaller home that has a layout that supports ageing in place. For larger families, storage and multiple bathrooms may top the list. When it comes to first time home buyers, this group also tends to have a common wish list in mind when they begin the search for their first property purchase.

6 Features That Appeal to First Time Buyers

Before you begin any home search, make sure you have a trusted and experienced Oakville realtor that can guide you through the process. You want a realtor that is familiar with the area, knows how to negotiate on your behalf and has the knowledge to make your...

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Just as with many financial transactions, buying a house comes with its own process, terminology and regulations that can feel daunting to those making the purchase. This is just one area where a qualified real estate agent can be a huge help, as they will offer guidance and advice on what to expect, as well as what you’ll need in order to complete the transaction. Before you even start to seriously look for your next home, take the time to find the right Oakville realtor that will understand your needs and make the buying process easier for you.


So, if you’ve found the home you want to buy, it’s time to get down to the financial details. Let’s take a closer look at what a deposit and a down payment entails, as it relates to purchasing a home.

When Do You Need a Deposit?

A deposit required for a real estate purchase is an amount of money included with a purchase contract as a sign of good faith. In legal terms, it is the consideration...

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