Quality of Life Questions of a Buyer…

Real Estate Sales Representative with for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.

If you’re a Buyer, and unfamiliar with an area you are considering moving to, you’ll have plenty of important questions that could affect your Quality of Life and your decision to buy. 

                  Are there homes to buy where I want to live?

                  Will local bylaws allow me to rent the basement?

                  Are there any zoning changes being contemplated?

                  Is this a safe community?

                  Are there jobs available now and for the future?

                 What public transportation is available?

                  Can I get to and from work safely and quickly or are the roads jammed with traffic?

                  Are there good schools?

                  Is this community on it’s way up or down?

                  Are good doctors and good medical facilities available?

                  Are there good places to buy the things I need?

                  Is this considered a desirable place to live?

                  Are there good parks, play fields and open spaces?

                  Are there good recreational opportunities?

                  Is the air, water and soil clean?

                  Are there any infrastructure or other construction projects planned for the area?

Theses answers, and the answers to many more questions affecting the quality of life, are determined by many factors that your local REALTOR is probably immediately familiar with, or able to point you in the direction to get your questions answered.

When asked, REALTORS have a professional obligation (fiduciary duty) to make sure your answers are sufficient enough for you to be making an informed decision.

Are the answers to all of these questions easily accessible online in your area?  They certainly aren't in the Tri-Cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody where I live!

So how important do you think it is for a Buyer to use a local REALTOR when buying?


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Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


I agree with this list except...

Are there jobs available now and for the future?

How do we know that?

Aug 28, 2010 08:22 PM #1
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


This is a good list, I'm going to make a note of it.


Aug 29, 2010 05:28 AM #2
John Grasty
for real estate results in the Tri-Cities. - Port Moody, BC
Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer.

As I drive around the Tri-Cities daily Terry, I see the new businesses being built and introduce myself to the new owners I meet.

I've been heavily involved in the development of the Official Community Planning process. It is a provincial requirement for the OCP to be reviewed and updated every 5 years. This gives me great insights in to what we can expect in the way of short term and mid-term growth since it looks forward 20 years.

In addition, I was a charter member of the economic development committee in Coquitlam around 2000, and then after 17 years living in Coquitlam I moved 3 miles to Port Moody where I recently completed 3 terms on the economic development committee.

As a result of all of this economic stimulus there should be plenty of jobs for the forseeable future. Check out your local OCP Terry.

Aug 29, 2010 05:35 AM #3
John Grasty
for real estate results in the Tri-Cities. - Port Moody, BC
Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer.

As you will appreciate Brian, this list just scratches the surface.

Each neighbourhood has it's own intricacies, which changes the dynamics.

I'm sure you'll agree Brian, that the knowledge we gain about our community can really add value for a client.

Aug 29, 2010 06:04 AM #4
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