Home    Home Buyer Advice: When a House is a Home

I thought I’d start off the New Year with some home buyer advice :). So my specialty for a long time was strictly on the buying side of things, and with that, a skill set of understanding what and who my clients are is the thing that sets me apart, I believe, from other people.

 A house – it’s 4 exterior walls (well sometimes more than 4) and a roof.  With rooms, and floors depending on the style (floors as in levels). In my experience, I’ve learned that a home has a feeling, it’s not just those 4 exterior walls.

Home has a feeling

It’s the comfort of when you walk in the front door and it can feel almost like a hug. My dad still lives in the house we moved to when I was 4, and that house to me is the epitome of home. The large sprawling front porch, the double french doors, the pocket doors and the 115-year-old windows. These are things that call to me in a house but they aren’t always what calls to my clients.

Here are some photos of the home I grew up in. Stay tuned for another blog post talking more about my childhood home and my own real estate journey!

Picturing yourself cooking and sleeping and making memories in a house are what make it a home. If possible, I always make my clients go back to see a property multiple times at different times of the day or days of the week. This helps them understand what the neighbourhood can offer. The light that the house has. And most importantly seeing a house for a second time even in the swiftest market is imperative.

If you don’t like a house equally or more the second time you are there, it 100% is not your home. And that’s okay!

The largest investment in your life

Your home is the largest investment you will ever make and not just monetarily – it’s because it’s where you are choosing to live, and living is what we are here to do isn’t it? 

I hope you enjoyed my rambling and reading my home buyer advice. I hope you have a super day. 

To view real estate listings, visit realtor.ca. I’m here if you ever have any questions!

Take care,

Andra

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