When you think about looking for a new home, one of the first questions that
probably comes to mind is: "What type of property can I afford?" That's an
important question because your price range is a major determining factor in
the types and sizes of homes you should be viewing.
You don't want to waste time looking at properties that are beyond your
price range. At the same time, you don't want to purchase a less-than-ideal
home, only to realize later on that you could have afforded more.
So how do you determine what type of new home you are qualified to
The first step is to find out what your current property would likely sell for in
today's market. I make that calculation for clients all the time. It involves
reviewing what homes similar to yours have sold for recently, as well as
other data — such as special features your home may have that are likely to
boost the selling price.
Once you know the current market value of your home, subtract any
outstanding mortgages and estimated selling expenses, and you’ll end up
with an amount that can be applied to the purchase of your next home. (You
may also have other funds you want to use.)
The next step is to talk to a lender or mortgage broker to see how much of a
new mortgage you qualify for. (Call me if you need a recommendation.) It's
important to get a Pre-Qualification or Pre-Approval. That makes the offer
you make on a new home more credible.
If you want to find out the types and sizes of homes you can get into, give
me a call. I'd be happy to show you the possibilities!
Contact The Dion-Ivans Real Estate Team for more info...
For some, city life is full of excitement, adventure, and good times; however, for many others, a city life merely means more stress, noise, and negative energy than desired. Living in the city often limits your housing options to condominiums or homes without much yard space, and for those who desire a more laid-back lifestyle and a little land to call their own, living outside of (but very near to) the city is a wonderful option!
The Okanagan is home to many quiet communities filled with lush acreages perfect for such a lifestyle. A quite drive to South East Kelowna, North Glenmore, Peachland, Joe Riche, Lake Country, West Kelowna, or Fintry will allow you to breathe in the fresh air, and see how you can utilize this space to create your vision!
Like the quiet life, but not sure if an acreage is the right fit?
We are giving you 5 Reasons To Think About Trading In Your City Home for an acreage abode.
There is nothing better than opening your bedroom window and savouring a fresh summer breeze as it flows in across the fields and hills. Is there a better better way to start your day than enjoying a coffee on your porch swing while gazing at your private garden filled with beautiful blooms and fresh delicious produce? All of the space on your acre home site means you can put that green thumb to use, and plant your own personal or professional garden! Growing your own fruits and vegetables not only saves a trip to the store, it provides healthy, sustainable food for your family, and may be a source of extra income if you decide to sell locally! The Okanagan provides the perfect environment for growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables from cucumber, broccoli, strawberries, cherries, apples, grapes, and much much more!
Room To Roam, Room To Play
Need storage space for your trailer and toys? Maybe you have lawn and garden equipment, motorcycles or ATVs, a boat, or even a travel trailer. The extra land space at your acreage home provides the opportunity to store your toys at home (while staying within any applicable guidelines, of course). Add a backyard shed for enclosed storage, and from protecting your outdoors toys to providing a home for holiday decorations, you’ll never worry about having a cluttered garage, overfilled closets, or a disorganized attic.
Amazing Property Value
Property values go up and down, but one thing stays the same: the bigger the land, the bigger the profit. You can't go wrong with an acreage! Property value is defined as the value of the land itself, as well as any improvements (structures) upon it. Land is a valuable resource that can not be reproduced, and the more you have, the more you can do. So, not only can you enjoy the extra land space while living in your acreage home, you can have piece of mind knowing that you own a valuable resource and asset!
No Noisy, Noisy Neighbours
Living in the city can mean sacrificing privacy and putting up with common everyday noises that may disrupt your routine. No on one wants to wake up to their neighbour's lawn mower, or open up their window to find a city bus full of people staring in! When you live on an acreage, you are blessed with large amounts of space that creates a barrier between neighbours and busy roads. For extra privacy, you can add a large hedge or fence to border the property.
Nurture With Nature
Imagine having your morning breakfast while watching birds frolic and the sunrise glimmer on the horizon. You look through the trees and hold your breath as you see a family of deer cautiously making their way through the tall grass. Many of the Okanagan acreage homes boast vineyards, orchards, or backyard forests filled with majestic wildlife providing the opportunity for beautiful nature views, as well as additional backyard privacy.
Still not sure if you can completely give up the convince of the city? You don't have to!
Many of the Okanagan's acreage homes are located minutes from cities and towns, providing you with privacy, important amenities, and convenience!
Let our team help your dreams come true!
Nothing beats a cool dip on a hot summer's day; and luckily for those of us who call Kelowna home, the Okanagan is absolutely full of beautiful, sunny days that often begin in May and continue all the way through into September!
The trip down to the lake or local pool, however, is not quite as pleasurable. In fact, some may even describe it as down right torturous.
But, what if you didn't have to deal with the hot sticky seats of your vehicle, impatient vacationing traffic, sand in your shorts, or the damp, musty smelling towels left in your beach bag? What if, instead, you could simply trot downstairs, make yourself a refreshing beverage, slide your back door open, and splash into your very own pool? Imagine, laying by your pool side and catching some 'rays without any worry about who's around or what you look like?
Got kids? Great!
Summer lovin had the whole family a blast!
Kids love to splash around, and during the summer months, they will often beg to be taken down to the pool, and who can blame them? Yet, time and time again, the pool proves only to be a breeding ground for germs, bacteria, and unwanted illness that can ruin your summer plans. If that wasn't enough, you have to deal with the endless yelling, and crowds and crowds of people that make it hard for you to keep a safe eye on your little ones.
A pool in your backyard makes it easy for everyone to enjoy the summer. The kids can play, while you dip your feet in the edge, or read a book beneath the shady refuge of an umbrella or canopy.
Sounds to good to be true? It isn't!
If buying a home with a pool feels out of reach for you, and you don't know where to start, let us help you! Our dedicated team of professional real estate agents are determined to find you your dream home at your dream price!
Just take a look at our most recent Kelowna homes for sale with pools, and you will see that we have a great selection of homes suited for any family or lifestyle!
View More Amazing Kelowna Properties With Pools Here!
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