November 29, 2022 | Buying

Leveraging Your First Home to Buy Your Next One

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In a fast-moving real estate market like the GTA, buying your first home is no small accomplishment. When the time comes to sell it and upsize, there are new factors – both personal and financial, to account for. 

Most significantly, as a second-time buyer, you’ll be able to use the returns from the sale of your current home toward your next one. By leveraging this equity you can maximize your budget and find the perfect property that’s well-suited to your needs. 

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How Buying Your Second Home is Different

You’re at a Different Stage in Your Life

Second-time home buyers make decisions differently than those entering the market for the first time. From both a personal and financial standpoint, you’re likely at a different stage in your life as you gear up for your second trip to the market. Perhaps your family is growing and you need more space, or you’ve saved up a significant volume of capital and are simply looking to upgrade your living space. 

As time passes, your needs as a homeowner will evolve. Thankfully, as a second-time buyer, you’ll have greater financial flexibility to find a home that meets your requirements. 

Access to Equity

One of the most pertinent distinctions between your first and second home purchase will be your access to equity. As a first-time buyer, financing your purchase requires years of saving. When you reenter the market, the sale of your existing home will provide a notable volume of capital, allowing you to shop for properties at a higher price point than before. 

Depending on when you purchased your home, your sale could be more lucrative than you previously expected. After several years of a hyper-competitive seller’s market, most homes in Toronto are now worth significantly more than their original price tag. Of course, each home is unique and appreciation will vary based on local market dynamics as well as distinctive elements of the property itself. 

As a substantial financial asset, leveraging the equity of your existing home allows you to make the most out of your next purchase. That said, during the sale of your current home, you’ll want to take every opportunity possible to maximize your return. 

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Maximizing Your Sale

Finding Elite Representation

Selling property is both a precise science and a nuanced art. In order to leverage your existing property to the fullest extent in your next home purchase, you’ll want expert guidance. This means working with an experienced, locally-leading real estate agent. In any home sale, results matter. However, when you’re looking to upsize to your dream property, every last dollar of your returns becomes critical. 

When you work with Bahia Realty Group you unlock the expertise of long-standing industry professionals who understand the complex intricacies of Toronto’s dynamic market inside and out. As your unfair advantage, we elevate your property above other listings on the market, helping you attract and capture qualified buyers. 

Strategic Preparations

In a dynamic real estate market like the Greater Toronto Area, ensuring your home sale is both quick and lucrative requires thoughtful planning and preparations.

At Bahia Realty Group, our tactical pre-market strategies help you optimize your home in the eyes of potential buyers. We can also unlock added value to your property through selective upgrades and staging to further elevate your return on investment. 

Our preparation blueprints are always unique to the property itself. However, here are a few common tactics we advise sellers on to ensure their property reaches its full market potential. 

  • Deep cleaning and decluttering
  • Making necessary repairs
  • Small property upgrades such as a fresh coat of paint
  • Interior and exterior maintenance
  • Professional home staging

Looking for more information about preparing your home for sale in the GTA? Explore our blog post on the topic here

Methodical Pricing 

In the GTA, securing the greatest possible price on your home goes far beyond determining its market value. Rather, soliciting competitive and high-quality offers from potential buyers requires comprehensive, market-informed pricing strategies. 

At Bahia Realty Group, our in-depth pricing tactics are backed by decades of professional experience and up-to-the-minute market trends. As our client, you receive a practical real estate education, allowing you to feel confidently informed on your market position. Empowering you with unique knowledge and insights, we’re able to make strategic decisions together to maximize the sale of your current home. 

Ready to buy your second home? Bahia Realty Group can help you succeed in one of the world’s toughest markets. Send us an email – or call 416-498-3444 to get started on exceeding your real estate goals.

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