When it comes to buying a home, everyone knows the basics: can we afford this? What area do we want to live in? House or condo? But there are other questions you may want to ask yourself that can uncover wants or needs you didn’t realize you had. Here are three questions every first-time homebuyer should ask to start exploring your housing requirements in a deeper way. The 3 forgotten questions every first-time homebuyer should ask but somehow slips our minds.
1. Am I lazy?
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty right away. It’s easy to tell yourself “I’ll definitely weed the garden twice a week and I’ll enjoy mowing the lawn”. However, if you’re not naturally someone who likes to do a bit of work, (and you don’t have to be to enjoy owning a home!) you’re going to start resenting your higher maintenance home pretty darn quick. Rest assured there are plenty of options for people who don’t enjoy maintenance. Just ask your REALTOR®!
2. When am I having kids (for real)?
This is pretty big. Expanding your family may not be on your radar at all right now, but what about in two years? Five years? Ten? Depending on the market, many REALTORS® will recommend paying down the mortgage on the same property for at least five years. If you don’t have children and/or never plan to, perfect! But make sure you take possible future housemates (even pets) into consideration when you make your purchase.
3. What do I do for fun?
Here’s another way to get into the question of square footage. Take stock of your hobbies and interests and how much room you need to store the supplies or equipment you need before you even start looking at properties. Telling yourself you’ll be fine before you’ve really considered how your stuff will fit into your space could end up in a very disappointing purchase.
Asking yourself those not so obvious questions will pay off in the end and have you enjoying your new home to its fullest for years to come! So don’t forget to include the forgotten questions every first-time homebuyer should ask.
Do you have more questions? Contact RE/MAX Of Nanaimo and we will partner you with an agent that can help you answer all the right questions.
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