As you’ve probably noticed, credit card companies regularly offer bonuses to get you to apply for their cards. For example, one such card company offers opportunities to buy tickets to concerts and other events ahead of everyone else. It’s their “front of the line” service. When you’re searching for a new home, wouldn’t it be great if you could get to the front of the line on desirable properties – before other buyers get the chance?
Well, in a way, you can.
The first thing you need to do is be pre-approved for a mortgage. This will ensure we are looking at homes that you can offer on. If you don’t have a mortgage broker let me know. I have a list of brokers that I have worked with and I can confidently recommend to you.
The second thing is to create a profile for the specific type of home you’re looking to buy. That profile will need to include the basics, such as type of home (e.g. detached), size and rooms (e.g. 2000-2,500 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 baths), and your target neighbourhoods. You’ll also want to add any additional features you’re looking for, such as a finished basement or a walk-out.
Next, you want to work with a real estate agent like me who understands the local market and can arrange for you to receive immediate alerts for newly listed homes that meet your criteria.
It’s not uncommon for homes to become available for sale before the listing information gets published on the MLS. In fact, in some circumstances, it could take a couple of days before such listings become available online.
So, if you get an alert soon after a listing comes on the market, you get a head-start on seeing that home and making an offer. And, you don’t need to apply for a special credit card to make that happen! Just give me a call. I can help you find the right home for you.