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According to a report from EnergeticCity.ca, the latest B.C. Northern Real Estate Board Housing Affordability Indicator report shows that home ownership in Fort St. John, BC is still much more affordable when compared to other cities in British Columbia. At a median of $416,000, houses within Fort St. John are still significantly cheaper than the houses in Vancouver.

 

 

With houses going for affordable prices, alongside the fact that Fort St. John is a lively and entertaining city in its own right, you can be sure that there are many people looking to buy a home in the city. If you are planning to become a homeowner in the city, you’d better start looking at beautiful Fort St. John homes for sale immediately, or risk missing out on your dream home.

 

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should rush headlong into purchasing a house. Although you have to act quickly, you should also act responsibly. After all, purchasing a home is a significant investment. When you start looking at homes for sale, be sure to keep the following tips in mind:

 

Ask for a Market Analysis from Your REALTOR®

 

When one of the many homes for sale has finally caught your eye, you’ll want an experienced REALTOR® like Scott Sauer to conduct a thorough market analysis on similar homes. Knowing how much similar homes in the area are selling for can be a powerful piece of information when you reach the negotiating table. Similarly, you can get a good idea if the seller’s asking price is a fair deal or not.

 

Always Have the House Inspected

 

Would you buy a used car without checking under the hood and taking it out for a test drive? You probably wouldn’t do that, right? The same logic applies to buying homes for sale in Fort St. John, BC. Before you buy a house, always have the house professionally inspected. An experienced home inspector can help you discover any problems with a particular home. When the inspection is completed the inspector will review and explain the report in detail to you. With this detailed knowledge of the condition of your new home, you can buy with confidence and security. If there are problems with the home as a buyer you have four options.

1) Buy the home because it is a great house in outstanding condition. 

2) Ask the seller to repair the problems.

3) Ask the seller to reduce the price to cover the expense of repairing the home.

4) Cancel the sale.

 

Get to Know the Neighbourhood

 

Don’t forget that you’re buying more than just the house you’re looking at; you’re also buying into the neighbourhood. Take the time to talk to your potential neighbours to get a good idea of what it’d be like to live in the area. Ask questions regarding safety, traffic conditions, and other factors that you believe to be important in your place of residence.

 

 

Sources:

Home ownership in Fort St. John – $90K earners apply within, EnergeticCity.ca

Homebuying Step by Step: The Buying Process, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation