Buying

Let Me Help You Every Step Of the Way.

When purchasing a home, you are faced with a multitude of decisions.  Finding that perfect home is not an easy task, and obtaining a mortgage loan can be a complex and tiring process.  Once you've made the commitment to reach that home-purchasing goal, though, the rewards you can achieve are unquestionable.
 
Assisting you every step of the way, I'll make the process of purchasing a home in Vancouver easier, more enjoyable, less time-consuming, and less expensive than if you undertook this challenge on your own. I'll help you prepare so that sellers perceive you as a preferred buyer, help you locate and assess properties for sale in Vancouver that match your specifications, and guide you through the myriad of details attending the actual purchase.
 

Having sold homes in Vancouver now for 15 years, I have my finger on the pulse of the Vancouver real estate market, and know neighbourhood values inside and out.  I will help you determine which properties are fairly-priced and in good condition before you start your search.

Your First Step

Your first step in the home-buying process is to define the reasons why you want to purchase a new home.  To stop paying rent? To start building equity? To have a place of your own? To raise a family? To move up to a bigger house?
Determine the style of home you prefer and the Vancouver area in which you'd like to live. Be specific.

Develop a needs vs. wants list.  Everyone has a picture of their ideal home. This home would include all the features you not only need, but have long desired. However, when it comes time to buying a home, these desired features constitute additional costs. While it's nice to think about having an artfully landscaped backyard, or built-in appliances, these are usually considered luxury items, which can add considerably to the price of your property.
 
Begin the list with items you absolutely need like adequate room, garage space and number of bedrooms. How much space do you really need? Does your situation require a one-level home, or are stairs acceptable? Basic needs should be considered first. After these have been established, you can consider additional features if you can manage these benefits financially. With such a list in your hands, you're less likely to be caught up in the excitement of the pursuit. You'll have a good idea of what you want, the features within your price range, and whether or not you can afford those additional items.
 

Think of yourself as zeroing in on a target, going from the general to the specific. Consider area (downtown Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Moody); neighbourhood (older and settled or brand new).  Check out the neighbourhoods you're considering, and ask around.  What amenities does the area have to offer?  Are there schools, churches, parks, or grocery stores within reach?  Consider visiting schools in the area if you have children.  How will you be affected by a new commute to work?  Are there infrastructure projects in development?  All of these factors will influence the way you experience your new home, so ensure you're well-acquainted with the surrounding area before purchasing.  To learn more about what to look for in a new neighbourhood, please visit my Special Reports section!

Your Next Step: Loan Pre-Approval

Once you've narrowed down your list, you're ready to take the next step in the purchasing process:  getting pre-approved with a Vancouver mortgage company.  While getting pre-approved may sound daunting, it actually just involves getting an idea of what you can afford.  When you're pre-approved, this means that a lender has reviewed your credit history, verified your assets and employment, and has approved your loan before you've found a Vancouver home to purchase.
 
Pre-approval gives you substantial leverage: sellers immediately see you as a serious buyer. Not only will you know the exact price range you can afford, but you'll also be able to negotiate a better deal and move more quickly when you see a Vancouver house you like.  Depending upon market conditions, a seller may lean towards an unconditional offer, so you'll have less negotiating power if you have to wait for mortgage approval. Banks and financial institutions have developed many programs catered specifically to home buyers. Once you review your needs and objectives with a lending officer, you'll be one step closer to purchasing your home in Vancouver.
 

Contact me and I'll be happy to refer you to a Vancouver mortgage professional with an excellent reputation and track record for successfully acquiring loan approval for his/her clients.

Let Me Find the Perfect Vancouver Home for You

It is a very time consuming process to view every home available that meets your needs. I can do much of the work for you, by establishing your needs, then reviewing a range of properties and advising you of potential matches. I have my finger on the pulse of housing trends and prices and access to the best possible resources and communication systems available today to help you locate homes on the Vancouver real estate market that match your specifications.  A comprehensive knowledge of the available homes in your Vancouver neighborhood is one of my strongest assets.
 
Once you've been pre-approved and know what price range you plan to stay within, I can help you determine which properties fit your needs and wants, using the (MLS) Multiple Listing Service system.
 

Start your search now - and view my current listings!

I Will Help You Every Step Of The Way

As a top Vancouver Realtor with years of experience and a proven track record, it is my job to guide you through this complicated process, from beginning to end. Contact me today, together we will prepare a unique system to suit your particular needs and goals. From helping you find your dream home to closing the deal - and every small or large step in between - I will be there to ensure your journey to life behind a new door is a smooth one!

You'll be seeing alot of us.

We’re looking forward to it.

Ranj

Ranj Takhar
Realtor
ranj@ranjtakhar.com (Email)

Born in Abbotsford and having spent most of my childhood here, my roots are firmly planted in this community. My wife and I are the proud parents of three young kids who we’ve chosen to raise in Abbotsford as well. We’re also avid property investors. My passion for real estate is only exceeded by my love of my family.


Professional excellence drives my every decision. Starting out in real estate, I mentored under industry leaders to learn best practices. After nearly a decade in the business, I hired one of the top coaches in North America to work with me every week to ensure I excel even further. And I’m applying all my knowledge and client dedication toward building one of the best real estate businesses in the Fraser Valley, founded on my high standards of service.


Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a seasoned investor, you deserve the highest level of service. My team and I will ensure you get it. No matter your problem, if it’s real estate related, I’ve been there and can solve it.

Marina

Marina
Administrative Manager
marina@ranjtakhar.com (Email)

Attention to detail is my middle name. As the Administrative Manager, I handle the fine points, making sure every single piece meets the highest of standards. From listing to close and everything in between, I manage all the pieces involved in real estate and take pleasure in ensuring a smooth transaction for every one of our clients. When I’m not dotting every ‘I’ and crossing every ‘t’, I’m hiking with my family along one of the beautiful trails near our Abbotsford home or attending one of my kids’ baseball games. Having gone through the home buying and selling process myself several times, I want to see each of our clients as successful and happy in their investments as I am.

Dave

Dave Jones
Realtor
dave@daveandranj.com (Email)

Ranj says I’m the one everyone wants to have a beer with – I like to think that’s true! Having lived in Abbotsford for over 15 years, I know what makes this a great community for families – my wife and I raised our two kids here. The same love of helping people and serving my community that drew me into a long-standing career in the Canadian Armed Forces eventually inspired the change to real estate. Now it is my pleasure to understand the ins and outs of the property market for the benefit of my clients. Whether matching buyers to the right homes or guiding a seller through a complex negotiation, service and loyalty remain my guiding principles to my business.

Jenn

Jenn Schotts
Realtor
jenn@ranjtakhar.com (Email)

I grew up in Langley in the Brookswood area, and lived there until I married my husband Steve in 2004 and we made Abbotsford our forever home. We have grown our family to include three kids, two dogs, a cat and even a mom-in-law! I can often be found at one my two son's many baseball games, knitting while cheering them on! I have an extensive background in sales, sales management and training, and I have worked in a Marketing Director capacity for local companies such as Cap-It and Lepp Farm Market. I have long considered becoming a licensed realtor and I finally took the leap in 2018. I believe that my endless energy, passion & tenacity make me a good fit with Ranj, Dave & Marina. Nothing matters more to me than giving my clients a memorable and truly excellent customer experience, that will result in long term client relationships.

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