Posted on March 05, 2014

Visiting a Presentation Centre soon? Read this first.

Whether you're casually browsing for a real estate investment or fiercely motivated to find your next home, visiting a presentation centre at a real estate development can be both exciting and a bit overwhelming. There's a lot of information to take in when making such a huge purchasing decision, so you should know what questions to ask and what to look for.

Before your next presentation centre visit, make sure to read these tips to ensure you capitalize on the experience.


1. Know What You're Looking For

How many bedrooms do you need? What amenities are important to you? What type of layout do you prefer? What are your 'must-haves' vs. your 'wants'? Ask yourself these questions prior to your visit.

2. Everyone Has a Price: What is Yours?

As any realtor will tell you, it is a waste of your time - and very counterproductive - to fall in love with a home you cannot afford. Before stepping into any presentation centre, know what your price ceiling is. It's even a good idea to be pre-approved for a mortgage prior to doing any real shopping. 

3. It's All About the Location

Before trekking across town to visit a shiny new real estate development, make sure you consider the neighbourhood, not just the units. At the end of the day, you won't just live inside your own condo; you will live in the community.

4. Make a List

When conducting all your pre-visit research, make a list of all the questions you may have and elements you're looking for. You can refer to this list during your visit.


5. Take the Help that is Offered

Many BC homebuyers may be used to declining help from sales people when shopping and prefer to "browse" on their own. This should NOT be one of those cases. This is a home, not a sweater. Yes, the sales professionals are there sell homes, but they are also there to help you, answer your questions, and provide all the necessary information you need to make your decision. Take full advantage.

6. Check it Twice

You've taken the time to make a list before your visit, so check it twice before you walk out. Do you know where the closest elementary school is? Do you know where the closest transit station is for your commute to work? Do you know which design elements you'll get to have a say on? What are the timelines of this particular real estate development? Make sure you've inquired about all the things that are important to you.

7. Don't Forget to Register

BC homebuyers are often reluctant to give away their contact information and actually register for a real estate development. However, if you don't register, you could potentially miss out on special offers, pre-sales, and homebuyer bonuses - not to mention, critical information about the development, the community, and the homes for sale.


8. Follow Up & Follow

During your visit you'll have met the sales team for the project. Don't hesitate to reach out to them directly if you have any additional questions or require any further information - that's what they're there for! Also, many real estate developments are now building online communities in conjunction with their actual communities. Check out the project's website and keep up with the progress through social media. 

Feel ready to visit a presentation centre now? Station Square at Metrotown will soon be releasing their next phase of homes. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know when the new presentation centre is open.