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Home Inspection Clause

Should you include a home inspection clause?

Say you’re viewing a home and are impressed with how it looks. The walls are freshly painted. Everything seems bright and new. You’re considering making an offer. Should you include a home inspection clause?home inspection clause

Then, while standing on a mat in the kitchen, you hear a squeak below your feet. You lift the mat and see that some tiles are broken. Obviously the mat was there to, literally, cover up that defect.

A few broken tiles are not a big deal. But now you’re thinking, “What else might be wrong with this house?”

There’s no reason to worry that every home will have maintenance issues hidden from view. However, it’s smart to do your due diligence to ensure the home you’re considering is truly as good as it looks.

One way is when you make an offer on a home, it’s a smart idea include a Home Inspection clause/condition in your Purchase and Sales Agreement.  A professional home inspection will check the home out from top to bottom. This inspection will ensure that the property doesn’t have any unexpected “issues”. After all, you don’t want to buy a home only to discover that the roof needs to be replaced, immediately, for thousands of dollars.home inspection2

It’s also smart to ask questions. Find out the age of certain features, such as the roof, furnace, and appliances. Ask about any recent renovations, and determine whether they were done by a professional or by the homeowner.

Most importantly, work with a good REALTOR® who can provide you with information on the property that you would have difficulty getting on your own. Your REALTOR® has a stake in making sure you buy a home with your eyes wide open — knowing all the potential maintenance issues you’re likely to encounter.

In the end, a professional home inspection gives you peace-of-mind and protects your investment. So getting one is highly recommended — even for recently built homes.

A good REALTOR® can recommend a trusted home inspector for you. One example is HouseMaster

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Recap of the 2015 St. John’s average housing price and 2016 Predictions

St. John’s Average Housing Price

The St. John’s average housing price (Metro Area) declined by approximately two per cent year-over-year to an estimated $297,300 for 2015. Sales increased moderately: there were 833 sales between January and October of 2015, compared to 793 during the same period last year. There was a good selection of inventory on the market in 2015, and properties averaged 70 days on market. Similarly high inventory levels are expected for 2016, and may cause prices to soften somewhat.

St. John's Average House Price

Buyers looking to purchase first homes in the $270,000 to $330,000 range drove the market, followed by move-up buyers purchasing in the $350,000 to $400,000 range. Foreign buyers are fairly new to the St. John’s real estate market, and are anticipated to play a growing role over the next several years.

First-time buyers

In October, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador introduced the Downpayment Assistance Program, which provides first-time homebuyers with low-to-moderate incomes the opportunity to qualify for downpayment loan assistance to purchase a home. The new program, combined with continued low interest rates, is expected to increase the number of first-time buyers next year. This is anticipated to increase demand for entry-level homes, encouraging their current owners to sell and move up.

 

Condo market

There is high inventory in the St. John’s condo market, as many new developments were built to meet demand from the oil industry, which has since been scaled back. A good selection of entry-level units appeals to first-time buyers and “downsizers”.

Luxury homes

The luxury home market was slower in 2015, due to the decline in oil prices and cutbacks in the industry. There were 25 sales in the $750,000 to $1 million range between January and October 2015, compared to 41 during the same period in 2014. Although demand has decreased, St. John’s average housing price in the luxury market are expected to remain stable in 2016.

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