Statistics show that Canadian women now outnumber men in buying a house or condo. Women see the value in owning property. They are no longer waiting for, or expecting, a "Mr. Right" to come along before taking one of the key financial steps of their lives. Such is the case with the author of Home Girls: The Single Woman's Guide to Buying Real Estate in CanadaBrenda Bouw's own experiences in buying and selling real estate, and those of other single women she interviewed for the book--as well as insights from real estate professionals--are built into this informative and entertaining guide. If you are looking at buying a first property, you'll find out about the pitfalls you need to avoid and the necessary steps you must take to make that purchase a success story. If you already own real estate, you might be interested in renovating your house, buying an investment property or even becoming a landlord. Here are some of the key concepts:How to tell if you're ready to own your own homeWhat to look for in a houseThe role of a real estate agentThe offer, the deal, the closing and the aftermathThe dozens of little expenses that you might not be aware of before it's time to pay for themWhat renovations to tackle yourself, and when it's time to call a proHow to become a landlord--and if you really want to be oneIt is a truism that women tend to be more focused, organized and informed when it comes to making major purchases. Home Girl is the perfect book to give you an edge when it comes to understanding the process and negotiating your best deal. From thinking about buying a property, to getting the keys from your lawyer and popping the cork, Home Girl is the perfect companion to have along for the ride.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Are You Ready?
Chapter 2. The Perfect Agent.
Chapter 3. Location, Location, Location.
Chapter 4. Your Finances.
Chapter 5. Making the Offer.
Chapter 6. They Said Yes! Now What?
Chapter 7. Maybe It's a "Money
Pit"—But It's Your Money Pit.
Chapter 8. Renovate Right.
Chapter 9. Becoming a Landlord.
Chapter 10. Is It Time to Sell?
Chapter 11. Buying a Second Property.
Conclusion: Buy Yourself.