LOOKING FOR A HOME
The reasons people buy a home in Antigua, Guatemala varies. It can be to retire, a work-life balance, investment or just the simple desire to own a home. Regardless of the reason, the buyer will be accumulating wealth for the future while enjoying the benefits of a residence that they can use, improve and enjoy. What’s different is each individual’s wishlist of essentials; from location to the number of bedrooms, we can help you create a comprehensive list and go from there.
WHAT'S THE RIGHT HOME FOR YOU?
Before deciding which house to buy, consider your lifestyle, current and anticipated housing needs and budget. It’s a good idea to create a prioritized list of features you want in your new home; you'll quickly discover that finding the right house involves striking a balance between your "must-haves" and your "nice-to-haves."
If you love to cook, you'll appreciate a well-equipped kitchen. If you're into gardening, you'll want a yard. If a home office is a must, you’ll need a room that will provide you with an adequate workspace. If you have several cars, you may require a larger garage. Do you want to live in a gated community? Use this list as your search guide.
Next, think about what you might need in the future, and how long you are likely to live in this particular home. If you're newly married, you might not be concerned with a school district right now, but you could be in a few years. If you have ageing parents, you may want to look at homes that offer living arrangements that could accommodate them as well.
It’s important to think about your new home’s location just as carefully as its features. In addition to considering the distance to work, evaluate what matters to you in terms of services, convenience and accessibility, such as shopping, police and fire protection, medical facilities, school and daycare, traffic and parking, trash and garbage collection, even recreational facilities.
Be sure to talk to your real estate professional about where you want to live and what’s most important to you. While buyers frequently use the Internet to gain access to listings or available properties for sale, an agent brings value to the entire home buying process. He or she is available to analyze data, answer questions, share their professional expertise, and handle all the paperwork and legwork that is involved in any real estate transaction. Our agents can help their clients narrow their choices by sharing market trends and local information.
If financing is a requirement your agent can help you determine your options and direct you to the appropriate lending institutions.
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
Evaluating a neighbourhood and surrounding areas thoroughly is essential.
When you buy a home, you're investing in a community. You'll spend a significant amount of time and money supporting the area. Before you make the final decision, take a good look at the location and make sure it fits your lifestyle. For example:
Evaluate the property’s proximity to other important locations in your life. How long will your commute time be? Is there a hospital or doctor's office nearby? What about schools, childcare, shopping, family and friends?
Consider all of your transportation options. A new home could lend itself to walking options, taxi or Uber. Depending on the type of community, you may be able to find alternative methods of transportation. Take the time to drive from the new home to your commuting destinations, to get a sense of what your daily life will be like.
Make sure you feel comfortable in the area. Drive around the neighbourhood at different times of the day and night on multiple days of the week to observe activity and noise levels. An educated buyer is a happy one!
Real estate professionals are a tremendous resource. Ask your agent for a list of amenities that are important to you. Buying a new home is about more than the structure and property. It's about your new lifestyle as well.
SHOPPING FOR A HOME
Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you will make. That's why it's in your best interest to choose an experienced real estate agent who listens to and understands your needs and has detailed knowledge of the area in which you want to want to live.
Dealing with a professional who understands your concerns and will provide you with the personalized service that makes all the difference.
What should you expect in your first meeting with a real estate agent? An Agent will typically talk to you about the neighbourhood where you want to live, home prices, transportation, and the surrounding commercial and residential areas.
When you're ready to visit houses, ask your Agent to help you with:
- Arranging showings
- Tracking the properties you've seen
- Identifying homes that meet your criteria and keep track of your "what's right for you" list
BUYING YOUR HOME
Once you’ve found your ideal house, it’s time to get started with the financial and contractual side of the purchase. Let our professionals guide you through this process.
You may only get one chance to make an offer that the seller will consider. That's why it's important to think carefully about your strategy. In most cases, it is better to have your real estate professional present the offer. If you have any personal interaction with the homeowner, avoid sharing any information about your move, your current housing status, financial status or your feelings about their property - positive or negative. This could work against you in future negotiations.
When you reached an agreement on price, closing time, and any other conditions like furniture, our agents will guide through the steps to the final closing. A certified Guatemala property lawyer will be involved to ensure all the legal requirements are considered and implemented. Contact us and one of our agents can discuss this process in detail with you.
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