You are ready to buy a home. You are about to make one of the biggest financial investments of your life. The process can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. At Claridge, we pride ourselves on providing buyer satisfaction and comfort. After all, we believe that buying a home can and should be fun. With a bit of prep work, and the Claridge team on your side, you can trust that this process will be seamless.
Below is a list of tips to help prepare you for the real estate scene.
Get a mortgage pre-approval
Nothing is more heartbreaking than finding your dream home, only to realize that it is too expensive for you. Sitting down with a mortgage broker and crunching the numbers will help you decide your price range in advance. Remember though, you will still need to figure out your own budget. You may be pre-approved for $500,000, but that doesn’t mean you can afford a mortgage of that cost. Your home should fit your lifestyle.
At Claridge, we have a wide array of price points. Whether you’re a first time buyer or you have a house to sell and are looking to upgrade, Claridge sales associates can help you find the home that is right for you and your budget.
This is the next important step in your house-hunting adventure. Does your dream location match your budget? For many first time buyers, the answer is no. The good news? Ottawa is a large city with many distinct neighbourhoods and many options. Claridge Homes wants you to love where you live. Our communities span across Ottawa, and we are confident we can find the right location for you and your family.
New Build or Previously Owned?
This is a big one. More and more people are opting to buy new because of the flexibility and customability it offers. With a new build, you are in the driver’s seat. You will sit down with us at our design centre, and together, we will create your dream home from the ground up. All Claridge homes are backed by the Tarion warranty that offers comprehensive coverage, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
If choosing colours and fixtures doesn’t appeal to you, then you can opt for one of our many customized move-in ready homes. You get all the perks of owning a new home, without the wait. In addition, many of these homes also have buyer incentive bonuses.
Choose your Builder
You have decided to build. Now you need to choose your builder. Your builder should be a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA). As a member, Claridge adheres to the CHBA Code of Ethics that calls for fair and honest dealings with customers. At Claridge, we’re confident in our product, and we are convinced that after careful research, buyers will be equally confident with our brand.
Claridge offers superior features like hardwood flooring and 9-foot, main floor ceilings as standard, not upgrades. And, our superior after-sales service program guarantees you a happy homecoming.
Our best source for new home buyers are happy Claridge Home owners, so we strive to get it right. And, given our referral business, we're happy to say we're doing very well.
For more information on choosing a builder, visit our website for a list of tips and tricks.
Ready to buy
If the home buying process seems overwhelming to you, take a breath because we are here to help simplify things.
"The Claridge advantage to me is being able to provide our customers with elegant, high quality homes for every step of life's journey,” says Amanda Dicerni, Sales and Marketing Manager at Claridge. “The team that we have here is dedicated to continuous improvement and making sure that all of our customers find the perfect home."