Some people buy their home without thinking that they will sell it one day. If they like the house, that’s all that counts. The investment aspect is trivial to them. In contrast, others buy their home according to the property’s resale value. They want to maximize their buying power. Perhaps advice is needed here?
Listing all the factors which determine how a property’s value may fare over the course of time would be too long, but Via Capitale experts will provide you with a few.
The location of the property you wish to buy is of utmost importance for its resale value. For example, if you live in a high-density neighbourhood, the added value of the renovations you will carry out will be much greater than in a less populated area. That’s just how it is in a competitive market.
If the neighbourhood that you will live in is unattractive, has adverse economic conditions, and is far from retail and public services, no matter how hard you try to increase the value of your home with different upgrades, your efforts will be unsuccessful. You would only be wasting money. Continue reading →
Given the restrictions on mortgage financing, which also limits the access to home ownership, many families feel obligated to postpone their plans for buying their property. How about buying a smaller house instead? Times have changed, you know.
In the past, living in a smaller home was too often perceived as some sort of failure. Social success was determined by the size of your home. Big house, lavish lifestyle, large budget. The size of the home sometimes exceeded the family’s needs.
The whole world is joining together now to fight the rapid change in climate. Consequently, owning a home that suits your exact needs is perceived as an Eco-friendly gesture.
However, for many families, the restrictions to home ownership prevents them from even buying a property that fits their needs. What to do? Postpone the purchase? Not necessarily. Continue reading →
A growing number of Canadians are buying a second a home. Given the current state of affairs at the global level, many people who live in the city are dreaming of getting away from it all in a more peaceful setting, while others who live far from the lights of the big city are looking for a place closer to the action.
Even though a second home is often referred to simply as a vacation property, the decision to buy should never be taken lightly because there are some major factors to consider.
Downpayment is only the beginning
Buying a property means that your borrowing capacity will have to be evaluated and you will need to draw up a detailed budget. There are a number of other factors to take into account when buying a second home. After all, you’ll probably be spending less time in your second home than in your primary residence but you’ll still be faced with the maintenance costs and other expenses associated with home ownership. For example, you have to cover taxes, insurance, heating, electricity, water as well as possible renovations, seasonal upkeep and transportation. All of those expenses are in addition to what you’re already spending on your primary residence!
As you can see, before you start looking for the ideal location or the property of your dreams, you should take a close look at your budget to see whether you can afford all the costs that will be involved in owning a second home.
There are some projects, such as buying a house, that cannot be turned into reality over night. In addition to having to consider a number of factors, you must also be able to save sufficiently, all the while ensuring that the financial repercussions do not affect your lifestyle.
Whether you’re dreaming of a trip around the world, purchasing a new car, retiring under the sun, or acquiring a second home, your project must begin with a plan!
Advice… from the comfort of your home
Financially, it’s always wiser to save sufficiently to avoid having to rely on financing to accomplish your life projects. However, there’s no denying that in some instances, such as buying a home, it is quite difficult – and often, impossible – to save all that you need to pay it all in cash.
This however doesn’t mean that saving is futile. By saving as much as possible, you thereby minimize both your future monthly payments and the interest that accumulates on your loan. In turn, this will free up some considerable room in your budget.
Several factors can increase the value of your home. Investing in real estate is well known. Investing in art is too. But have you ever heard of investing in wallpaper or a wallpaper mural*?
Here and in Europe, artists are constantly reinventing the image of wallpaper and reusable wallpaper murals. Some works have even made their way into museums (Rasch.de).
In Quebec, at Muralunique.com, some thirty artists put their imagination to the service of this art form. For a universe dedicated to childrens’ imaginations, Annie Giroux, Tony Floreani, Birgit Schulz, Ruth Baker, Johanne Pépin have created great murals: a wacky library, a line of sheep with round eyes admiring the baby’s crib, a firehouse, a big wheel race, a hockey locker room, a construction site, a medieval castle, a space city, fantasy trees, enchanted forests, fairy tales, a pirate ship, giant alphabets, etc. Hours of passionate stories to share with children.
Donn Petelka uses a camera to plunge us into the bowels of nature, as shown by the attached photo of the Canadian Shield reproduced on a 15‘ x 9‘ (4.57m x 2.75m) mural. If all of the walls were covered with the Canadian Shield, we would probably feel the freshness of the caves. Continue reading →
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