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Moving to Burlington, Ontario

Burlington is a wonderful city to live in. It’s relatively close to Toronto yet offers cheaper housing options, lower property taxes and a more nature feel to it. With the population on the rise Burlington is a vibrant city with many opportunities for all. Moving to Burlington has been in the minds of many people. But where do you begin? Below is some advice..

Research the neighborhoods

This is one of the most important steps of the moving process. Location is not only the key to your home’s future value, but to your own satisfaction of where you live. You want your home to be situated in an area that has the amenities you need daily. For example, if you need to be withing a walking distance of a grocery store or a school. Also consider the daily commute to/from work and see if there could be potential bottlenecks. On Google maps you can view traffic congestion at whatever times so use that to see. If parks are important to you, make sure there are some close by on the maps. Make a list of the potential neighbourhoods.

Find a local Burlington real estate agent

The entire moving experience, including home buying can be simplified and made easy with a proper realtor to represent you. You want someone who is well reputable in the area as a solid realtor you can trust. Someone who lives and loves Burlington. Read their reviews and reach out to your agent. They’re always happy to help!

Get pre-approved for the mortgage

Find a good mortgage broker in Burlington, early on in the process and let them help you figure out and sets your home budget. Each situation is unique that is why making an appointment would be recommended. During the appointment you can also ask related questions, for example about property taxes in Burlington and how they are actually among the lowest.

Prepare a Home Wishlist

Figure out what is essential, what would be nice to have and what is extra – and simply make a list. It will help you meet your home  budget, by allowing you to eliminate some things if need be. For example, a pool is nice to have, but a remodeled kitchen is a need to have. Which would you skip on if the budget was exceeding?

Get to know the neighbourhoods

Take your favourite neighbourhoods list and explore each one, not just in day but at night too. You want to get the full feel of the area at different times of the day. As you go along be observant and make an entry of what you liked or disliked for each neighbourhood you visit. For example, you didn’t see any nice parks near by, or the roads were really rough and the area wasn’t as you imagined. Or perhaps it’s even nicer than you thought. This kind of dialogue will help you narrow down the home search.

Find a Home and move in

Now that you have your budget figured out, neighbourhood picked out and a ideal home found. You want to put in an offer and finalize the deal. But the paperwork necessary to buy a home can be overwhelming. Plus all the other things you have to manage, like the move itself. It can be hectic. That’s why you need all the help you can get. That’s where your real estate agent helps out. They help during the offer process, closing day, viewings, utility connection appointments, etc.

If you are planning to buy a home in Burlington, best mid-sized city in Canada, and need some help in finding that ideal home, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help. That’s what we’re here for. We’ve connected hundreds of people with their ideal homes and we can do the same for you too. Call 905-330-2002 today or learn more about our Burlington real estate services.

Millcroft neighbourhood in Burlington, Ontario

Finding Your Ideal Home in Burlington

There are many factors home buyers should take into account when looking for that ideal home in Burlington, Ontario. Buying a home isn’t a simple process and you should put a lot of thought into it. This is why it’s always a good idea to get professionals, such as Team VanDinther, to guide you through the whole process.

So what are those factors to consider? What makes a home an ideal home? Ideal home is located in the right spot, and the home itself is accommodating your lifestyle and needs. Sound easy but in reality it can be tricky. And sometimes what we want and what’s available are not the same. Also, first thing is first. Figure out your purchase power. This will be the ultimate say in what you can attain.

Location. As the old phrase goes: Location, location, location! This is very important for a number of reasons. For one the price of your home will largely be determined by the location of the land and what’s around.  The value of your home appreciates as you live in an area that’s “happening” and has everything close by. You could have the most beautiful home, but if it’s too far from everything and isolated, you’ll end up not liking it as much. We’re talking major roads and highways, amenities, schools, parks, community centers, businesses, restaurants, etc. Well established communities, that support quality life. Consider where you work, how do you like to spend your free time, where are your friends and family, is waterfront important to you, or perhaps you like a more secluded area a bit outside the city. You don’t want to pick a house located too far from everything, even if that house is absolutely amazing. Unless you’re buying in an area that will grow in the years to come and you’re aware of that and OK with that.

Your Lifestyle. Where you are in life will determine the type and size of home you need. For example if you are thinking about starting a family? or have one already you need a place that will be accommodating to that in the few years to come, at least. Think about how many rooms/bathrooms you’d need, what style of home? are too many stairs a problem? backyard size? number of garages? Do you need a shed for tools and tinkering around. Figure out how many years you’d want to stay in this home, and then try to picture your life 2 years from now, 4 years, 6 years, and so on? Does it work for everyone that will be living in the house? If you are not planning kids but have lots of pets, you may need a bigger backyard or parks close by, rather that lots of bedrooms. If you are parents you need to take into considerations schools and where you want to send you kids to? Check out our blog post The Best Ranked Schools in Burlington, Ontario. You want your home to be able to accommodate your lifestyle.

Paletta Mansion in Burlington, Ontario
Paletta Mansion in Burlington, Ontario

Neighbourhood. What’s around your area? What can you do with your family or friends on the weekend? How does a typical evening feel like? What about morning rush hour? Try to see your potential neighbourhood in different times of the day to avoid surprises. Ask other home owners what do they love most about the neighborhood, what do they dislike? Do you like neighbourhoods that are easily walkable. For example if you go to www.redfin.com/how-walk-score-works and type in your address, neighbourhood what score does it give? Are you OK with that? Get a good feel of the neighbourhood because once you step outside your house, this is what you’re be immersed in. You wanna feel right at home. Some of Burlington’s best neighbourhoods for families are: Millcroft, The Orchard, Alton Village. South Burlington is primarily older neighbourhoods but closer to the Lake Ontario and very beautiful mature lots. Downtown core, Aldershot, Corporate tend to be suitable for young professionals or retirees.

If you are planning to buy a home in Burlington, best mid-sized city in Canada, and need some help in finding that ideal home, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help. That’s what we’re here for. We’ve connected hundreds of people with their ideal homes and we can do the same for you too. Call 905-330-2002 today or learn more about our Burlington real estate services.

Burlington scored best mid-sized city in Canada – Fifth year in a row

July 4th 2017 was a proud day for all Burlington residents, and all those in the past and present working hard to make Burlington, a true gem of a city! According to MoneySense, Burlington is best mid-sized city in Canada and the second best city in Ontario to live in.

MoneySense uses their own methodology to establish a comprehensive data-driven snapshot of Canadian cities and towns, taking into account things like demographics, unemployment, income & wealth, affordability, taxation, mobility, crime, weather, health care, amenities, culture & community. This year was their 14th edition and they’ve included even more cities in the report, about 417 cities to be exact.

Burlington scored high with having low crime, great weather and high wealth and incomes. It is also considered a top place to retire and a welcoming place for new Canadians.

Here is a summary of their 2017 reports (looking at Ontario and how Burlington compares):

Burlington is 2nd best place to live in Ontario after Ottawa.

Burlington  is 4th best place to retire in Ontario, after Ottawa.

Burlington is 7th best place for weather in Ontario after Thorold.

Burlington is 14th best place for new Canadians in Ontario, after Ottawa.

Burlington is 20th best place to raise kids in Ontario, after Oakville.

Overall, Burlington scored well and is an awesome city to live, work and play in. The city has come a long way and it’s continuously improving and growing. There are new developments all around, infrastructure upgrades, social and cultural programs underway. It’s a thriving city that’s got something for everyone. Situated between Toronto and Niagara Falls, well connected to all the major highways, positioned by lake Ontario – Burlington real estate is a good choice.

Burlington Mayor, Rick Goldring commented on MoneySense 2017 best places to live in Canada report: “There are many moving parts that go into creating a city, from economic prosperity to cultural vibrancy, from preserving history to building healthy communities. This is an acknowledgement of all of the people, past and present, who have worked to make Burlington the great city it is today.”

For all your Burlington real estate needs, be it buying or selling a home, contact Lori VanDinther and the team to help you make the right moves.