You’ve Found “The Home.” Now What?

The long, tiring search is over and you’ve kissed a lot of frogs. You've finally found your dream home and want to make an offer on the property. How do you know how much to offer and if you’re getting the most value for your money in this Brandon MB market?

The offer phase of purchasing a home isn’t always straightforward and you need to at least know the market on homes in that area so you can determine if you’ll be getting the fair market value for that home. Ask your real estate agent to go through neighborhood  comparable actives and solds with you.  This report should be helpful with the offer process.

Lowballing is a common term in the world of real estate. It means that you’re offering to buy the house for a number that’s far below the market value. You run the risk of insulting the seller and losing the home for good.

But, if you don’t know the fair market value of the home you could overpay by thousands of dollars. To zero in on the market value of the home you’ve chosen, you should know if you’re in a seller’s or buyer’s market.

A buyer’s market means that there are plenty of homes for sale, but a shortage of buyers. This gives you more power to bid lower than the asking price and to even ask the seller to pay for some or all of the closing costs. In a buyer’s market, you’ll find the seller more willing to negotiate.

If you’re in a seller’s market, there is a shortage of homes for sale and you’re likely to have several potential buyers making offers at the same time. A seller’s market is a little tougher to negotiate in because you may need to compete with other buyers.

It’s sometimes devastating to a potential home buyer when their good-faith offer is rejected – especially without a counter offer. This could happen when the seller receives many offers and your offer was much less than the others. Or, the seller may back off of your offer to see if he can eventually get a better one.

All may not be lost, even if your offer has been rejected by the seller. The seller may not have accepted any offer on the home and you may still have time to negotiate by moving rapidly with a higher offer. This may result in a bidding war that your real estate agent will need to help you with.

A buyer’s agent is extremely helpful if you’re a first-time home buyer. He or she will be familiar with the local market and be able to negotiate the best deal on your behalf. You’ll learn a lot during this process, which may be helpful to you when you decide to sell.

If you’re working in a seller’s market and there’s a real shortage of homes in the area, you may still be able to get your dream home. Find a home you really love in an area you’re interested in and write a letter to the homeowner.

It’s a true leap of faith to try this method, but it’s worked for thousands of buyers and it just might work for you. Even if you receive a “not interested” reply, at least you’ll know you tried.

Never rush to make an offer in any market until you’re sure the home is right for you. Unless you do the proper research on the home, you may be rushing in to a situation that you’ll later regret.

Whether you live in Brandon MB, Virden MB or you're searching for acreages in these surrounding areas, the search can be strenuous and time consuming.  You can call on me to be your trusted go to REALTOR®, with insight on all new listings and recent home sales, within our local real estate market.

4 Factors to Look at When Buying Commercial Real Estate

A huge part of real estate is knowing when to buy and when to sell. Keep in mind that an influx in the market can be a precursor to your financial success. With that being said, it’s important that you don’t rush into things when you’re looking to get into commercial real estate. This is because purchasing real estate takes a big commitment, so you’ll need to be knowledgeable and prepared about what you’re getting yourself into.

In this article, we will share four factors that you must consider when buying commercial real estate:


The main factor that you have to consider is whether or not you can afford to buy a piece of property. The state of the market matters very little if you can’t afford to buy the property. The last thing you want to do is to make a purchase that you can’t afford solely because you’re getting a property for a good price. Even if the property has prices that are trending down, your budget and resources must be the deciding factor when making purchases. Likewise, you’ll need to understand that there is a risk to purchasing property, so it’s best to err on the side of caution when making significant financial decisions like real estate.

Short-Term Financing

Jumping off from the last point, you also don’t want to buy commercial space if it requires you to take on any form of short-term financing. Although it may be convenient, short-term financing can get rather expensive down the line due to high-interest rates.

To add to this, you also have to be prepared for any unexpected scenarios that could affect your finances. The recent global pandemic should be enough to emphasize how volatile commercial real estate is, as things can turn from good to bad almost instantly. This, on top of the loans, could cause you a lot of trouble if the situation goes awry!

State of the Market

If you have your finances in order, it’s time to think about the state of the market and only invest at the right time. You have to think about supply and demand before making any commercial real estate purchases. To understand this fully, you must take the different types and markets into consideration, and a great example of this is buying into office spaces in a post-pandemic world. In fact, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has emphasized that there will be a massive demand for office spaces as the world approaches normalcy. If you’re looking for office commercial real estate, do check out the listings on our website!

City Growth

You should also look at a property’s potential for growth when deciding to make real estate purchases. The main point that you have to understand is that cities are constantly growing and developing. What may have been considered a stagnant area of a city could eventually grow into a bustling and desirable piece of commercial real estate. What you’ll want to keep an eye out for are any signs of movements within a city. If a big corporation moves into a city, it would be a safe bet to invest and buy property in that area!


It’s important to be thorough when making big financial decisions. Rushing into things will just make you more vulnerable to unnecessary risk, especially when it comes to commercial real estate purchases. Hopefully, you will keep all of the factors included in this list in mind when you’re looking to invest in commercial real estate!

If you’re looking for a real estate agent to help you find the right property for you, look no further as I can help you with any and all of your real estate needs. I can help you find the commercial property that’s right for you in Brandon, Virden, and Manitoba areas. If you want to know more about the properties, check out the listings posted on the website today!

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