Victoria Real Estate On Vancouver Island

Buying Real Estate In Victoria

You need every advantage and safeguard you can get before you make the commitment to buy or sell. As your REALTOR® who you trust and who understands your situation is key.


You can participate with me in the search and elimination of existing and new homes and properties in Victoria or I can act as your guide through the process of searching, viewing, and evaluating each home with you.


With my previous and ongoing experience with construction and renovations I can help you decide what is worth spending time and money on. I can also recommend building inspectors, mortgage brokers, lawyers or other professionals right here in Victoria British Columbia. Locating the perfect home is not always an easy task, and obtaining a mortgage loan can be a complex and tiring process. Once you have determined that you are ready to move forward with purchasing a home, the rewards are unquestionable.


While at your side each step of the way, I, Don Burnham, will make the process of purchasing a home easier, more enjoyable, less time-consuming, and less expensive than if you undertook this challenge on your own.


I am always familiar with the current homes on the Victoria real estate market, and I know neighbourhood values well, so I can help you determine which properties are fairly priced and in good condition before you start your search.


I love to use my knowledge of the market and skills as a negotiator to get you the best price and terms possible working for you as your REALTOR®.


How I Help You As Your Victoria REALTOR®


If you are buying, I will start by listening to what you tell me your needs are and making them a priority. If you are buying your first home, building your first home, buying a condo or townhouse, lot or strata duplex, I can tell you what to expect and make you an informed buyer from day one.


My automated real estate searching system ensures I never miss out on examing new homes for you; as soon as they come  on the market, I know — before they even hit MLS. I can also add you to my alerting system, so you can be the first to know as well. 


My background in construction, has given me given me an in-depth knowledge of home and property issues. I can help you get estimates and choose the right professionals to take advantage of a situation that others can't.  


While showing you properties, I will share my views on their strengths and weaknesses so you can are aware of important elements like neighbourhood safety, traffic changes, bylaws, noise, light, etc. By closely listening to you, I can help you decide what is the best price, location and choice for your desires and needs. 

Your First Step To Buying A Victoria Property

Your first step to buying a home in Victoria is to ask yourself why you want to buy a home: to stop paying rent? to start building equity? to have a place of your own? to raise a family? to entertain business associates? to move up to a bigger house? Next, list what kind of home you'd like and where you would like to be. Be specific. Separate the "must haves" from the "want to haves."
Think of yourself as zeroing in on a target, going from the general to the specific. Consider area, community, neighbourhood (older and settled or sparkling new, a particular school zone, recreational facilities, and other community services such as transportation, day care, library, stores, entertainment). Ask yourself how many minutes you are willing to commute to work.
Think about home styles. How much space do you need? Does your situation require a one-level home, or are stairs acceptable? Consider size and kind of property. Do you want a newer home, or maybe an older one to fix up?


Your Next Step: Loan Pre-Qualification

Once you have addressed the above needs, your next step in the purchasing process is to get pre-qualified with a mortgage company. This can be done over the phone or even online in a matter of minutes.
Call me and I will refer you to a mortgage professional that has an excellent reputation and track record for successfully acquiring loan approval for their clients.

I Will Find The Right Homes For You

Once you've been pre-qualified and know what price range you want to stay in, I can help you determine which properties fit your needs by using the (MLS) Multiple Listing Service system to locate them.
I have the best possible resources and communication systems available today to help you locate the homes on the market that match your specifications. You can even search my listings here at my website.

I Will Help You Every Step Of The Way

I will help you complete your financing and inspections, and close on the transaction. My top priority is to make sure that your home buying experience is pleasant, cost-efficient, and successful.

MLS® property information is provided under copyright© by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and Victoria Real Estate Board. The information is from sources deemed reliable, but should not be relied upon without independent verification.