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FIRST TIME HOME BUYER TIPS

Are you interested in buying a house in Victoria BC? Perhaps you are looking for tips for first time home buyers. This page has information that will help you understand a few things about buying your first home in the Greater Victoria area. 

I’m Ann Watley, a real estate agent serving the Greater Victoria region. I’m here to help you navigate the real estate market in order to find the right property for your lifestyle. Buying and selling a home can be a complicated process, so I am here to help make it as seamless as possible. Past clients have provided their feedback on a review site, Rank My Agent, which will give you an idea of the level of customer service I provide.

PLAN BEFORE YOU BUY

Before you get on the phone with a real estate agent, there are a few things you should know ahead of time or at least think about. This will help the process run more smoothly.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU AFFORD TO BUY?

Figuring out how much you can afford can be a difficult question to answer. Ideally, you should be able to live your life comfortably, pay all your bills on time, and have enough leftover each month to put into a savings account. In order to understand what this means for you, it might be a good idea to set a budget to understand where your income is being spent. Once you can determine how much money you can comfortably spend each month on a mortgage payment, then you can calculate how long you want to spend that amount of money and from there calculate the maximum amount you can afford to buy.

Ann Watley sold home at AllBay how much can you afford to buy?

WHAT SIZE OF DOWN PAYMENT DO YOU NEED?

A down payment is a lump sum payment as soon as you buy a home. It isn’t often that we have the full amount of money waiting in the bank account, so a down payment is a large amount of money to put towards the house that you then supplement over the years with your mortgage payment.  

How much you need will depend on what the asking price of the home you are interested in buying ends up being. If you provide a larger down payment, then you will end up with a smaller mortgage and will pay off your home faster. Click here to find out more information on minimum payments in BC.

Ann Watley sold home at Foster What size down payment do you need?

WHAT FINANCIAL HELP IS AVAILABLE?

In Canada, the government has some programs to help with the purchase of a new home. In BC, there is the First Time Home Buyers’ Program that helps with the cost of property transfer tax. The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) helps you dip into your RRSP to buy or build your home. There is also a First-Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit that is worth looking into. 

HOW MUCH ARE PROPERTY TAXES IN VICTORIA?

The amount of property tax depends on the municipality your home is located. 

VIEW MY CLIENT REVIEWS



God-Send to our family. When we decided it was time to move Mom to Winnipeg so we could be with her as her Alzheimer's progressed, we listed Mom's condo with Ann.  We figured we would have to make several trips back and forth from Winnipeg to Sidney to clean out the condo, sell furniture, and to meet with the lawyers.  Ann was a god-send for us!  She was so kind and treated us as if she was looking after her own mother's belongings.  She helped clear mom's belongings out of the condo, sold all the furniture for us, returned cable & medical equipment and so much more.  Ann helped us find a lawyer to look after the paperwork, and made the move effortless for us.  Anyone can sell a condo, but Ann really went above and beyond to help us.   We are so grateful for all her help.

GIA AND DARRYL WALKER



Great Experience, Sold Same Day Over Asking Price! With no experience in the area, I found myself suddenly having to renovate and sell my mother's condo in Victoria. Ann was recommended to me by friends and she was fabulous! She guided and coached me through the whole process very kindly and patiently. She referred me to a painter, flooring experts and a move out cleaner who all did wonderful work. She helped me in my dealings with my contractor and advised me where to purchase fixtures at the best price. Best of all, the condo sold on the same day it was listed for more than asking price! Thank you, Ann, for a great real estate experience. Sincerely grateful to you.

BARBARA



Genuine concern for those around her. Three years ago I met Ann and it took her a few months to educate me on the differences in buying versus renting and the reality of investing in my future. Ann's friendly but professional way of teaching and encouraging me to look outside the box took me from paying someone else's mortgage to paying a little bit more and investing in myself. Ann's knowledge and experience has proven beneficial in many ways. I too am a single parent and working and raising kids. I look up her for her genuine concern and care for those around her, not just clients.

JENNIFER WILLIAMSON



Wealth of information. We were lucky to have met Ann Watley in the Summer of 2005 for the search for our first home, and within a few weeks, we became new homeowners! Ann was a wealth of information for us - 'the first time buyers'. She thoroughly explained the various processes required to purchase a new house. Ann really understands the real estate market and she also understands value for dollar. Ann is experienced, confident and made the entire process very uncomplicated. She asked for and listened to the details that were important to use regarding our ideal house and tailored our search accordingly. As houses came on the market that fit our wish list, Ann would immediately contact us. As our wish list grew or shrunk, she immediately updated her search and sent us to more potential houses. (Continued)

DALE & LAURA KITCHEN




She made herself available to us at our convenience and made the whole process of finding a new house a little less stressful. While looking at prospective houses, Ann pointed out both positive and potentially negative aspects of the houses. She shared our ups and downs during our journey at finding the right house. Ann supported our decisions in such a competitive market without placing pressure on us to buy when we were not 100% sure that 'this was the one'. She was prompt, always returning calls in a timely manner and created a positive buying environment.
We highly recommend Ann to others and know that we will call upon her again for our future real estate needs. Whether you are planning to buy your first home or sell your existing home, contact Ann today!

DALE & LAURA KITCHEN



Restored my faith. I would like to recommend Ann Watley as a buyer's realtor. Ann helped me find my home in a very short period of time. I had a difficult set of criteria and a short time line. With her support team, she responded to my need to see a large number of listings, most of them in one day. She negotiated a great agreement (saving me more than just a few bucks). Not only did Ann perform well, she restored my faith in the value of a good realtor and made the process fun and exciting. No wonder she's an award winning realtor! I wouldn't hesitate to call Ann again, should the need arise. She's a keeper.

MOIRA



Great passion for life. Our most recent Real Estate purchase was through Ann Watley and it was so pleasant that I needed to express how we feel about her and her service. Ann exudes competence and shows a great passion for life. Not only will you have her at your side providing you with all of her experience and connections but you will also gain a friend that is more like a member of your family. She made the purchase of our new home seamless by guiding us through it all with great ease and leaving us with a warm feeling in our hearts. We recommend Ann to all who are seeking an above beyond experience.

DIMITRI & MELANIE LEHMANN


True professional. Ann Watley is more than a realtor.  She is a coach, a mentor, an advisor, a connector and a true professional.  Ann recognizes that buying a house can be an emotional investment.  She listened – and heard – what we wanted and we never felt pressured by her.  All of these things were important to us so we truly enjoyed our experience of buying a house with her.  The result was us getting our dream house at a price that was better than we had imagined.  I recommend Ann to anyone out there looking for a realtor and I do just that every chance I get.

SUSAN
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