6330 Seida Road - Marketed by Garnet Weston - Team Powerhouse Realty

6330 Seida Road

Presenting 6330 Seida Road. This raw piece of land is now looking for new owners. This 2.36-acre lot is located on the desirable Cranbrook Hill in Beautiful Prince George, BC.

If you have been looking for a great holding property, this might be the one for you. This lot is located in one of the most desirable areas of Prince George, BC. In addition, the lots directly adjacent to the west, facing Cranbrook Hill Road, are seeing development. What does that mean for you? It means it might not take too long to have road access and services brought to 6330 Seida Rd and that it’s in a great area!

Perhaps you’ve been looking for a blank canvas to develop into your very own slice of paradise. With road access still bit away, now is a great time to get in while the price is sill low. Once road access has been introduced, the price will most certainly go up!

What makes Cranbrook Hill so great you ask? The rural lifestyle, still in city limits. Cranbrook Hill, towering above Prince George, is home to many farms, beautiful acreages, and so many hiking trails. Many of the properties have gorgeous views of Prince George and surrounding areas. Country feel, only minutes from downtown Prince George, BC.

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First-time Homebuyers Part 2

First-time Homebuyers Part 2

You found the home you want! You and your Realtor® will go over market stats and look at any homes close by that have sold recently. You will also look at what’s actively listed close by. This will all help you in determining a good price to offer. Your Realtor® will guide you through the process, but at the end of the day, it is your decision on what to offer. You will also come up with an amount to put down as a deposit. This deposit is not your down-payment but acts as earnest money. The deposit helps show the seller how serious you are in purchasing the home. Should you try and back out or collapse the deal due to any other reason other than your ‘subjects’ the seller could, potentially, keep your deposit.

Once you have a price in mind, your Realtor® will write up legally binding contract to present to the listing Realtor®. In this legally binding contract is where you will include your ‘subjects’, or condition precedents. These will include things like, subject to financing, home inspection, house insurance, title review, Property Disclosure Statement review, and review of all city documents on file to name a few standard ones.

What that the agent does next, in my opinion, is one of the most important part of our jobs. Negotiating. I take negotiating very seriously, and personally take classes on negotiating. I am a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) through the Real Estate Negotiation Institute. Your Realtor® will negotiate the best possible terms, timing and price on your behalf. A good negotiation isn’t a ‘I win, you loose’, it should be a ‘win win’ for both sides of the transaction. Where everyone can walk away feeling as though they got what they wanted out of the negotiations.

Now that you have an accepted offer, its time to deal with those ‘subjects’. They need to be removed by you, or else the contract can not proceed. You usually have anywhere from 10-14 days to remove them. Your Realtor® will help you through this process. They will have a list of home inspectors and insurance providers in your area for you to choose form. They will ensure all document are sent to your mortgage specialist, book your home inspection for you and stay in constant contact with the listing Realtor® to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Subjects are removed and you have a firm and binding deal! Your Realtor® will ensure all documents are sent to the notary/lawyer of your choice. Depending on how far away the closing/possession is, you could be waiting 30-60 days before you get the keys to your new home. Now is the time to start setting up accounts for your services such as natural gas, electricity, water, garbage removal and TV to name a few. If you’re using movers, schedule them as well. 30 days before possession is time to get your insurance binder, a form stating the insurance broker will insure your home as of possession date. Your notary/lawyer will need this when you go in for your appointment with them. Your notary/lawyer usually calls to set up an appointment in the week leading up to closing/possession. This is where you will bring in your down-payment, in the form of a money order, and all other required identification. They will tell you exactly what you need to bring when scheduling the appointment.

MOVING DAY! Move in and enjoy your new home!!

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First-time Homebuyers Part 1

First-time Homebuyers – Part 1

As a first-time homebuyer, I’m sure you have lots of question about the process. Like, where do you even start?

The first place to start, is getting a pre-approval for a mortgage. As a Real Estate Professional, I work with many great mortgage specialists, some that work for specific banks, and others that are called mortgage brokers. A mortgage broker has many different lenders at their disposal, where a mortgage specialist works for a specific bank, and can only deal with that bank. They both have their pros and cons.  A pre-approval, although not a guarantee you will get a mortgage, will tell you what kind of price range you are able to look in and also allows you to lock in an interest rate; usually for 90-120 days.

Now that you have your pre-approval, its time to start your search for a Realtor® to help guide you through the process. This is someone that you are going to be putting a lot of trust into, as well as spending quite a bit of time with, so spend some time interviewing agents. A few things to look for in a great agent, such as, what their specialty is; is it residential real estate, commercial real estate? How long have they been licensed? Do they work fulltime as a Realtor®? Do they have a written business plan? Do they have a mission statement and core values? At the end of the day, you have to feel comfortable and be able to trust the Realtor® you choose.

Once you’ve chosen a Realtor® that you want to work with, they will go over the special duties they owe to you, their client. You will enter into what’s called an Agency Relationship with your Realtor®. Once in an Agency Relationship, the Realtor® has a fiduciary duty that they owe to you.  Fiduciary duty is a legal obligation for one party to act in the best interest of another. They must maintain their loyalty, avoid conflicts of interest, fully disclose relevant information, and protect your confidentiality.

Now it’s time to start your search!  You and your Realtor® will go over what it is you are looking for in a home. You will go over things like what kind of home; condo, townhome, or a single-family home, size, location, your must haves and your definitely nots. Your Realtor® should be able to provide incite into different neighbourhoods, schools, proposed developments etc. as well as market stats. This usually all happens at the Realtors® office. The Realtor® will go over what is available at that time and set up some showings for you to get into a couple houses and check them out.

Show time! Your Realtor® should really be dialled in to what it is you’re looking for and really shouldn’t have to show you a ton of houses. That being said, it can take a bit more time with first-time homebuyers, as it is a completely foreign process going through other people’s homes. This is your chance to take a good look, open those closets, look in the cupboards, what isn’t in plain sight can tell you a lot about the upkeep of the home. 

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Keep an eye out for part 2 coming next week.