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Here are our top five tips for getting the most out of your digital home search that will save you time and frustration:

TIP #1:  Create Your List of Wants, Needs and Wishes

When it comes to shopping for a home, there is truly a difference between the things you need and the things you want. So a great place to start is creating an honest list of what these are to you. The following lists some examples you can consider but make sure to get your list started to:

Make a needs list

It’s important to remember that when searching for a home, you won’t always get everything you add to your list. Try your best but be prepared to let go of some things. As you’re doing your research, figure out what you can compromise on and what you definitely cannot live without.

TIP #2: Sign Up for an Online MLS® Portal

This is a good tip. You can either spend your days searching online endlessly for exactly for the property you want and then miss out on a hot new listing just because decided to take a break from searching. It’s almost impossible to keep up with all the websites and social media sites that it takes to see all available listings.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier to have the search done for you? Of course!

For instance, we have an online home search Portal service that allows you to give us your specific criteria including your needs, wants and wishes which generates a custom list of homes that are available and will interest you. You’ll receive these listings directly to your email every day as they become available – sometimes even before they get released to the general public.

Is there a neighbourhood you prefer? Or do you want to search an entire city? What budget range are you looking for? With The Portal you can be as specific or general as you like your results are tailored to your individual needs.

Signing up for our portal is easy and completely free.

Give it a try here.

Tip #4: Don’t Be Afraid to Make Adjustments to Your List

Most home buyer needs, wants, and wishes will change the longer they’re on their journey to finding a home.

For example, you may be having trouble finding just the right home with a pool, so you’re willing to search for homes where you could potentially install your own pool in the future. Or perhaps you’ve realized that your budget is too narrow for the location you’d like, so you either have to raise your budget or expand your neighbourhood search. Adjustments are okay!

We can adjust and refine your search to broaden it as needed. It’s quite easy to do. Making these adjustments will ensure the listings you receive every morning in your inbox is not cluttered with homes that used to match what you were looking for. Instead only the properties that meet your newly expanded search will be sent.

*All information provided by the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association (BRREA) for the highest sales volume and highest number of completed transactions since January 1, 2015. All Brantford MLS® House Listings come from the various systems operated by Real Estate Boards and Associations across Canada. The trademarks REALTOR®, REALTORS® and the REALTOR® logo are controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used underlicense. The trademarks MLS®, Multiple Listing Service®, and the associated logos are owned by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and identify the quality of services provided by real estate professionals who are members of CREA. Used under license.

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