It’s been several years since the housing bubble burst, yet every day we’re bombarded with reports of more bad news about the real estate market. What you may not know is that many of the same people spouting the doom and gloom are also busy making lots of money in real estate. They have the secrets of what it takes to successfully buy real estate in this economy. Now you will, too!

Purchasing a home is a big decision and a large investment. To make sure you know all there is to know, consider a course in home buying. Many local real estate offices offer these classes as ways to educate potential clients about the process from beginning to end.

When buying a home, get pre-approved. Don’t think that being pre-qualified means the same as pre-approved. If you have been pre-approved, it means that a lender has taken a look at your credit history and financial information and is prepared to offer you a loan. They will let you know exactly what you can afford to buy and how much they are prepared to loan you. Pre-qualified, simply means that you are qualified to go through the pre-approval process.

Know the laws in respect to real estate inspections. You do not need to be an expert on the subject, however, a working knowledge of the basics can give you some helpful insight in what to expect from your inspector as well as preventing them from costing you money on surprise repairs.

To know how much you have to spend for a new home, get a real estate agent to give you an estimation of the value of your current home. You should also visit a bank and find out what kind of loan or other forms of financing you can get for a new home.

One of the biggest mistakes people make, is falling in love with the decor that was there during the showing or open house. You are buying a home for it’s structure, layout and design, not the furnishings. Try to remove these images from your mind and look past them when touring a home.

Build a strict set of goals when selling or buying your real estate. This will help you to establish boundaries in not only monetary terms, but also in other areas such as locations or features. It will also help you setup due dates for success. In the end, this will enable you and the other party to “get on the same page.”

Parents should always check the national sex offender registry before buying a home. Your child’s safety could depend on this. It is information that your realtor and the seller might not be aware of or choose to share with you. The registry is available for free, right online, and can be easily accessed by anyone.

So, in summary, the economy is bad and there are lots of risky real estate buying investments out there. The secret is being able to sort through the chaff to find the properties that are still ripe for profit. Now that you understand a little better about the realities of the market, go forth and get your piece of the pie.

Toronto’s Michael Beattie is a highly innovative and experienced construction professional with expert-rank as a Structural Designer and Project Manager. Michael is dedicated to producing results, completing construction projects with leadership and integrity.  Some of his most recent commercial projects include:

  • Construction Manager- Southcore Financial Centre Toronto Development
  • Construction Manager- Delta Toronto, a next generation, 45-story premium 4-star hotel.
  • Construction Manager- Art Gallery of Ontario—Transformation AGO project
  • Construction Manager- Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital