Mark Hammer understands that buying a home means more than having a place to live – for many, it’s their ticket to financial freedom. The Vancouver real estate market is inundated with speculators and investors looking to turn a profit. There are countless Vancouver homes for sale, but only a choice few are going to be a sound investment.

We dedicate ourselves to ensuring your hard-earned money nets your real value right now, and long into the future.

How do we get there?

Through a long-term and thorough knowledge of Vancouver and its communities.

There is constant development in the city. Finding value means choosing developments that won’t just retain their value, but appreciate. Quality of construction and value of the location is integral to finding houses, condominiums, and apartments that will appreciate in value.

With the rush to turn a dollar on the high value of Vancouver real estate, it is essential that prospective buyers understand the true quality of their potential purchases. Trust in Hammer to bring that future to your doorstep.

Condos and Apartments for Sale in Vancouver

Certainly new buyers in the housing market, particularly younger individuals, will likely be drawn towards condominiums and apartments for sale in Vancouver. They offer a good compromise between the average cost and the amenities included, often including many perks that a house would lack.

But as with any piece of real estate, the flourishes can mask the true value. With many new condominium builds going up, the standards and experience of the builder will make a great difference in the property’s value over time.

Buying Property in Vancouver

It comes at a higher price point, however that can also mean the greatest return on investment. We recommend assessing the current property value and home sale trends when you begin to consider investing in Vancouver property.

Certain neighbourhoods are great investment opportunities as they gentrify and become more desirable locations. That process can take decades, but in a place like Vancouver it seems to be happening faster than ever before.

With Mark Hammer, together we can find the right property for your purposes, whether that is the ideal comfort now, a long-term investment plan, or both. Together, we can reach your goals smoothly and with the greatest care.

Advice & Resources

To help you get started on home searching, we would like to share some advice and resources with you. They will definitely help you along the way.

1. Define Your Objectives

When searching for your dream home, it’s important to be well informed of the real estate market. To help you with this process, consider the following factors:

  • What features do you require in a home to satisfy your lifestyle now?

  • Five years from now?

  • Will your needs change?

  • What’s your budget?

Each of these factors will be crucial in the decision-making process. Only you can decide, but we can help you understand the playing field.

2. Prioritize Your Needs

Your objectives may include accommodating family members, finding the right size for your budget and lifestyle, or reducing commuting distance. Whatever it may be, start by prioritizing your needs.

The top factors people consider when buying a home are:

  • Size

  • Style

  • Location

  • Price

Know the top three most important things that you care about when choosing a house in Vancouver. It will help you to narrow down the choices and find the best one to suit your needs.

Check out our “Neighbourhoods” page to learn about the different communities in Vancouver, and visit our Vancouver Resources page to learn more about the city. Our blog also has a lot of useful information that may assist you.

3. Understand Your Financial Options

Knowing your financial options and establishing a good financial foundation will save you a lot of time and frustration when buying a Vancouver home.

Getting a credit report, saving for the down payment, and calculating how much of a mortgage you can afford are some of the things you can do early on before buying property. Use our mortgage payment calculator to get a rough idea of how much you can afford. Ideally, the mortgage payment should be less than 30% of your total monthly income.

4. Get to Know Your Home

Take a look at the Residential Construction Performance Guide provided by the B.C. government’s Homeowner Protection Office to help you evaluate a house in Vancouver before buying. It helps new buyers to self-evaluate possible defects and find out if their concerns are covered by home warranty insurance. It talks about the basics of a well-built home and educates users on what counts as defects.

Also, be aware of the top ten problems that come up in home inspections:

  • Electrical issues

  • Issues with gutters

  • Imperfections in the foundation

  • Issues with regular maintenance

  • Dampness in the basement

  • Issues with roofing

  • Poor plumbing

  • Poor ventilation

  • Issues with heating

  • Poor drainage or grading

5. Visit a Property

While searching for homes online saves a lot of time and helps to narrow down your search, actually visiting the properties will give you a much better feel of the place. Every home’s design is different, and it takes an actual trip to determine whether it suits your taste.

Contact Mark Hammer and we will do everything possible to match you with your dream home.

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