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When it comes to buying a home whether it be your first home or not, there are always certain things you want to keep an eye out for and things you want to avoid. We’ve gone ahead and interviewed one of our favorite Realtors in the GTA about some tips and tricks to pay attention to when you’re out shopping for your forever home.

Irina Jivotova has listings all over the GTA, and you can see some of her current listings on her website: www.irinashomes.com

Let’s take a look at some things to pay attention to when browsing for a home! Before you even start looking for a home a really good tip is to have your financial situation figured out and Irina recommends having a pre-approved mortgage before you start looking. That way, you’re not stressing yourself out after the fact. Planning ahead is a great way to ensure that you end up with the home that you want at the end of the day.

One thing that might be overlooked when looking for a home is to make sure to pay attention to the layout of the house itself. Although things like the basement, the kitchen, and washrooms may cost a lot to renovate, redoing the entire layout of a house will definitely cost more. Next is to always look for good lighting. When you first walk into a house that you’re looking at it’s vital to pay attention to the lighting in the house. Natural lighting is great because it allows you to not use as much electricity, and it looks better. The sun is also going to be rising and setting in a certain direction facing your house, but also letting in heat and letting out heat in different seasons. Try and look for a house that is bright and welcoming when you enter!  

We’re going to be releasing new tips and tricks every couple weeks to stay current with the trending housing market in the GTA. Next time we’ll learn about what to focus on if you are listing your house! If you have any specific questions regarding anything specific to the housing market feel free to leave a comment on any of our social media pages!

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