Are you running out of room in your current home? Need a bit more space for everyone in your family so they can spread out and live a little more comfortably?
There are lots of reasons you might need to upsize. Maybe you’ve recently added kids to the mix, or you suddenly have a longer commute to work. Maybe you want a more private backyard, a bigger home office or a whole change of lifestyle.
The good news is that you have likely built up have a good amount of equity in your home after living in it for several years and you can use this to help make your next move possible.
Orillia Realtor® Kaleb Streeter has some great advice for upsizers. His simple four-step system can help any kind of buyer.
Step One: Meet and Greet
When you meet Streeter for the first time it’ll be from the comfort of your own home. He looks forward to meeting new clients—and their homes as well. You’ll get a chance to talk about the reasons you want to move and what you most hope to get out of a new home. You can share your list of “must-haves” and “no way”s, while Streeter takes detailed notes and begins to formulate a custom-tailored game plan just for you. He will also outline the process and how things will work, so you’ll know what to expect right from the start.
He’ll also advise you to get a firm pre-approval, which will serve as your golden ticket while house-hunting; he even has the contacts to help you arrange it.
Step Two: Marketplace Experience
Once you have the green light from the mortgage broker, Streeter will set you up with an automated home search. This clever tool emails you a list of all of the homes on the market that match the criteria that you’ve set out. You’ll only see brand new listings as they hit the market—instantaneously—so you will know the second a new property becomes available.
Whenever you see a listing for a home that excites you, Streeter will set up a time for you to see it in person. You will tour each home together and the learning process will begin—he will discover your likes and dislikes, and you will learn the ins and outs of the market, about different neighbourhoods and corresponding price ranges. Together you will continually revise your search criteria in order to ensure that you’re only touring homes that would make a great fit.
Step Three: Pulling the Trigger
Once you’ve found a home that you’re ready to make an offer on, Streeter will use his proven tips to structure an offer that is attractive to the seller. This might include asking for a home inspection and arranging some time to get financing in place. His goal is to make sure you feel comfortable throughout and that you get exactly what you’re asking for.
Once your offer is accepted, the home inspection will be done. Streeter will send the paperwork to the bank and the lawyers. Now that the conditions have been satisfied, the offer is considered firm. The sold sign goes up and you can share the great news with your friends and family that you bought a house!
Next, it’s time to get your current home ready to sell. Your house gets prepped for sale and goes on the market. Streeter uses a proven marketing plan to maximize exposure and get it seen by the most people in the shortest amount of time. The home will be staged and photographed, then shared with the world. The offer process will then begin, and you can get a head start on packing. It’s time to book a mover!
Step Four: The Wrap Up
Before closing, you can visit the new home one more time. You’ll be in touch with your lawyer, taking care of final steps, and will arrange to have the utilities all set up. Behind the scenes, Streeter will take care of all the finer details; you’ll only be involved as necessary.
It has all led up to this moment: closing day! You will get the keys to your new home, say goodbye to your old place, and happily embark on the next chapter of your lives.
Put Operation Upsize to work for you. For more information, visit the Streeter Team or call 705-323-9212.