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TRUSTED Ssakatoon realtor Real estate TIP for First Time Home Buyers 

Thinking About Buying Your First Home?

With interest rates low, many renters are starting to think about purchasing a home of their own. While simple rental cost vs. mortgage cost comparisons can be very attractive, buying a home is a serious commitment, and there are many factors to consider:

How long you plan to live in the home.

Selling a home costs money. If you potentially may have to move in the short term, the value of your home may not have appreciated enough to cover the costs of buying and selling. The length of time that it will take to cover those costs depends on various economic factors. Average appreciation tends to sit at around 5% per year. In this case, you should plan to stay in your home at least 3-4 years to cover buying and selling costs. The real estate market can be particularly volatile, however, and dramatic swings up and down are not uncommon.

How long the home will meet your needs.

What features do you require in a home to satisfy your lifestyle now? Five years from now? People tend to remain in homes longer than they initially intend, primarily due to the work and expense associated with moving. Therefore it is worth considering a home with room to grow. Could the basement be turned into a den and extra bedrooms? Could the attic be turned into a master suite? Having an idea of what you'll need will help you find a home that will satisfy you for years to come. Your financial health - your credit and home affordability.

Is now the right time financially for you to buy a home?

Would you rate your financial picture as healthy? Is your credit good? While you can always find a lender to lend you money, people with poor credit tend to pay far more to borrow. Some say that you should refrain from borrowing as much as you qualify for because it is wiser not to stretch your financial boundaries. The other school of thought says you should stretch to buy as much home as you can afford, because with regular pay raises and increased earning potential, the big payment today will seem like less of a payment tomorrow. It is, however, important to stay within your comfort zone. Purchasing a house involves many up-front and ongoing costs, and the stress of worrying about those costs often outweighs the satisfaction that may come from owning a slightly nicer home. To determine how much home you can afford, talk to a lender or go online and use a home affordability calculator. Good calculators will give you a range of what you may qualify for. Then call a lender. While some may say that the "28/36" rule applies, in today's home mortgage market, lenders are making loans customized to a particular person's situation. The "28/36" rule means that your monthly housing costs can't exceed 28 percent of your income and your total debt load can't exceed 36 percent of your total monthly income. Depending on your assets, credit history, job potential, and other factors, lenders can push the ratios up to 40-60% or higher. While we're not advocating you purchase a home utilizing the higher ratios, it’s important for you to know your options.

Where the money for the transaction will come from.

Typically, homebuyers will need some money for a down payment and closing costs. However, with today's broad range of loan options, having a lot of money saved for a down payment is not always necessary - if you can prove that you are a good financial risk for a lender. If your credit isn't stellar but you have managed to save 10-20% for a down payment, you will still appear to be a very good financial risk to a lender. High-ratio mortgages can be a good option for those who haven’t managed to save a large chunk of money (who has?), but naturally, these have additional costs associated with them.

The ongoing costs of home ownership.

Maintenance, improvements, taxes, and insurance are all costs that are added to a monthly house payment. If you buy a condominium or townhouse, a monthly homeowner's association or maintenance fee will be required. If these additional costs are a concern, you can make choices to lower or avoid these fees. Be sure to make your Realtor® and your lender aware of your desire to limit these costs. If you are still unsure if you should buy a home after making these considerations, you may want to consult with an accountant or financial planner to help you assess how a home purchase fits into your overall financial goals.

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With that in mind, we are thrilled to be sponsoring a WONDERFUL Fundraising event for Child Find Saskatchewan at the Saskatoons Broadway Theater on Wed September 21st at 7pm. Child Find Saskatchewan is a Provincial charitable organization that educates and advocates for the protection and rights of children and youth. They believe all children have the right to be safe. They are excited to present The amazing : Dr. Draw. Dr.Draw is a Canadian electronic band, after the nickname of their leader Eugene Draw. Draw plays electric violin like you have never seen before and incorporates a guitarist, an electronic keyboardist, an electric harpist, an electric cellist, a rock bassist and a drummer. Dr. Draw’s musical repertoire spans the globe, incorporating many different elements such as rock, classical, pop, electronica, fusion, world and new funk, making this eclectic mix appealing to a diverse audience. Dr. Draw made indie music history in Toronto in 2007 as all three of his albums charted on the official Top 30 Nielsen Sound scan sales chart for his CD “Adagio” Monies raised at this fundraiser will help Child Find Saskatchewan promote awareness of the issues relating to missing children...and it will be a darn good show too! "A MISSING CHILD IS EVERYONES RESPONSIBILITY" Tickets : $40 Tickets can be purchased by calling Child Find Office (306-955-0070). Broadway Theatre will also have tickets for sale (website and from box office). www.broadwaytheatre.ca/eve‚Äčnts.php

Nov 2011: Trusted founder Sara Wheelwright is one of the 100 Women in 100 days for Habitat for Humanity Regina inititiative 2012 posted by Trusted Canada | December 15, 2011 07:58 www.trustedregina.com 's first OF MANY non profit and community projects that Trusted founder Sara is supporting across the province , she is one of the 100 women involved in this amazing initiative! Trusted believes in giving back to the community as an ongoing commitment. Regina Habitat for Humanity 100 Women in 100 Days - Nov. 1 - Feb. 8, 2012 What is 100k in 100 Days? 100k in 100 Days is an initiative being undertaken by a group of exceptional women in Regina. The goal of the group is for 100 women to raise $100,000 in 100 days. $100,000 will cover the costs of materials to build a home for a hard-working family who will put in a minimum of 500 sweat-equity-hours towards the building of their home and then pay an interest-free-mortgage. The interest-free-mortgage will allow them to escape high rent payments and begin saving for their future. Participants in this exciting initiative are encouraged to not only contribute financially to this build but also by volunteering on site as well. Build volunteers need not have experience. Our journeyman carpenters will oversee the project from beginning to end ensuring the family has a solid, well-built home to live in. Teams of five or six volunteers will enjoy time on the job site learning and contributing to the house that will become a dream come true for a family looking for their very own home. If you'd like to be one in a hundred contributors/volunteers please call Trish Bezborotko, Director of Fund Development and Communications, Habitat for Humanity Regina at 522-9700 or email tbez@habitatregina: Cheques can be made payable to Habitat for Humanity Regina, please put in subject line 100 K in 100 Days and mail to 1740 Broder St., Regina, SK S4N 2H7. We can also process your donation on VISA or Mastercard. Please call us at 522-9700 to donate using a credit card.

 

  

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Neils Thor asked "What home improvement products are the best value for the price paid? 

Several Experts gave Neils a Tip or two..we share them all with you here

HI Neils Thor I’ve always maintained a spruce up of kitchen cabinets (either with a coat of paint or stain, or new hardware – or both) does wonders for an aged home. New paint on walls is also a very inexpensive means of sprucing up a room. ... Accessories – vases, pictures, toss cushions. There are many ways to spruce up a home for very little money. From our experience, with both home owners and real estate agents, the condition of the kitchen and bathrooms is key. The bedrooms can be a good size, the carpet in good condition, the shingles look solid etc but if the kitchen and bathrooms look “tired” it might be an instant turn off should you decide to sell your home down the road. Granite counter tops are an instant visible upgrade and any money spent in these two areas will certainly be recouped down the road. Hope this is of some help. Best of the season to all! Kevin from KTS Kitchens a Trusted Saskatoon Kitchen Expert

Paint, paint, paint. This is the least expensive, and most impact that you can get. Painting a room (or rooms) brightens & refreshes, and alters the "feel" of the entire home. Don't be afraid of color, and remember, contrast is what creates the "WOW" factor. Next - into the heart of the home....reasonably inexpensive changes ...that can be made in your kitchen that will impact the entire "feel" of the home...update your cabinetry handles and add properly positioned lighting above and/or below the upper cabinets. Adding crown and under cabinet mouldings puts a "finished" detail on every kitchen. Lastly, reface your entire kitchen. Nothing dates a home more quickly that old styled or worn cabinetry, bringing down the value of your entire home! Move your home from 1980 (or older) into this decade by updating the style of doors & drawers, changing color, and changing the function of your cabinetry ( altering drawer/door base cabinets to pots and pans drawers). Note: we spend more money on our vehicles, drive them for only a few years, and they depreciate. Your kitchen is the one room in your home that acts as an investment. Leanne Falkowsky a Trusted Saskatoon Painter

Good morning Neils. I get asked this question many times. The best value on a renovation is money spent on the kitchen and bathroom areas. As long as the renovation you want is not a high end reno where the cost overtakes the purpose of what the client wants. These 2 areas can the most expensive rooms in the home to renovate based on the products chosen and they can also be the most rewarding when the project is finished. The next area for improvement would be anything for energy efficiency to the home. With new windows, doors, exterior insulation and maintenance free products on the exterior it will give you a comfortable home with energy savings. When you look at the costs of doing an exterior renovation you have to also look at the resale value of the home. In most cases on any renovation you want to increase the comfort level to your home, they are designed to suit the needs of the individual and as there are different government grants available for energy efficiency. This also gives the home a different appeal and with the changes in products constantly you can give your home the wow factor instantly when looking from the street. The last area I would look at for renovations is the cosmetics of the interior of the home. For resale a quick paint job and some mid range flooring is a sound investment but in most cases the cosmetics are based on the individuals taste. These areas are short term as they can be changed easily. I believe that this is one area that will increase the cost of the home but not a great amount. When we design renovations we design to suit the needs of the individual. We discuss many areas of the renovations as well as budgets. If you were looking at a major renovation to a home we always have discussions as to whether you would increase the value, increase your comfort, or improve the home structurally. Each renovation you would look at for your home should be suited to your needs first! Dave Anderchek, President J.A.B.A. Construction Limited a Trusted local Contractor/ Renovation & Design

Great question Neils. Of course all renovations are good, but the renovations that will definately add value to your home are both bathroom and kitchen renos. From the perspective of selling your home bathroom and kitchen renos will help you sell your home in the shortest time possible for the highest possible selling price. The following information is from the Remax web site on tips for selling your home. “Remax knows that making your bathroom the best it can be will generate a 56% better return on investment than the average renovation”. Lloyd, Bathfitter Saskatoon..a Trusted local Bathroom Expert!

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Wiseguys our Saskatoon Mattress expert shares a Trusted Tip

Wiseguys Mattresses offers incredible value to their customers through a boutique style shopping experience, customized service and unbeatable prices. They aim to have every customer leave the store confident in their decision to buy, and with a guaranteed good night's sleep.

Marks from Wiseguys Trusted Tip

A mattress is the most important piece of furniture you will ever buy... because if you don't sleep right, you don't function right.

You can get away with a cheap T.V. or a cheap sofa and it won't affect your quality of life, but not sleeping properly will. When buying a new mattress, avoid all the gimicks and worry about 2 things only, comfort and durability. Two of the biggest gimicks to avoid are the 50% or more "off" sales and the free gifts.Those sales are off of there regular retail price and not the value of the bed. As an example, I had a bed that I retailed for $899 taxes included. The exact same bed was being sold at 70% off at another store. Their "retail" price was $3200. Unfortunitly, people fall for this type of advertising all the time. Do houses or cars or boats go on 50%, 60% or 70% off sales? Then why would mattresses? The same principal works with the free gifts. Often the cost of this gift is worked into the retail price of the mattress, or the free gift is valued far more than it's worth. These are just some of the smoke and mirror tactics that some retailors use to get you into their store. Why is it that these sales are always going on at certain stores, or that some stores have a flyer every week always saving 50%? Unfortunatly because it works on people. They are hoping that you are not aware of what you have just learned.

Again,at the end of the day you should only be worried about 2 things.. comfort and durability. So what have we learned today? That price or preceived savings or free whatever IS NOT a indication of quality or comfort.

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