10. Get your pre-approval from the lender first, before you start looking at properties.

9. Get representation! I am a full service realtor, so I am a buyer’s agent as well as a home seller. I have taken my ABR Classes. That’s what you’re looking for in a Realtor when you’re buying a property.

8. Don’t just shop interest rates, but also pay close attention to the fees they are going to charge you.

7. Check out the neighborhood online and drive through it at different times of the day to get a really good feel for it.

6. Be there for the home inspection and final walk through. That’s important stuff for you the buyer.

5. If you have children, go online and check to see if there are pedifiles living near the house you intend to buy.

iStock_000009454508XSmall4. Use Google Earth to see what’s around the house. Make sure there’s not a dumping ground a mile away or a train track on the other side of the fence.

3. Drive the commute to and from work using the proposed new house as your destination.

2. Get a termite inspection.

1. You should trust your Realtor because that’s who is looking out for you throughout your real estate transaction. Make sure it is someone reputable and trustworthy that has current buyers and sellers shouting her praises (like me!)

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  • Maurice

    second the termite inspection. huge expensive lesson learned.

  • Shannon Register, Realtor

    Wendy, Lisa, Doug,

    Glad you enjoyed it. I love taking buyers through this checklist and through the process of purchasing their home. Using the latest tools to leverage their time and effort is one of the best parts of my job.


  • Doug Williams Realty

    Nice list! Google street view just came to Canada – what a great tool!! If you have children, also check out schools! Also – never thought about the work commute – great idea!

    – Doug

  • Lisa Matykiewicz

    Good list for home buyers…thanks for sharing! I absolutely love Google earth!

  • Wendy

    Good information, thanks.

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