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The Definitive Most Important Thing You Need To Know Before Even Thinking Of Buying Your First House

Whether we want to accept it or not, we're all becoming adults fast (even if our Snapchat stories suggest otherwise) and a big part of adulthood is having a place to call your own.

The housing market in Toronto is hot AF right now, so there's never been a better time to get out of that shared accommodation with a communal kitchen and refrigerator full of other people's weird-smelling food, and into your own pad.

However, finding the time to get down to the hardcore research when there are so many other fun things to do, can be hard. That's before you even start considering basics like comparing different neighbourhoods, property types, and wrapping your head around all the complicated legal stuff that comes with getting your own place - contracts rarely make for relaxing bedtime reading.

Even then, negotiating with sellers for better deals, doing the right background checks, and knowing the warning signs to keep an eye out for, are extras that are surprisingly easy to overlook (I'm speaking from experience here).

Luckily for us, there are a healthy handful of services out there to help secure you your dream house, if you know where to find them. Kinda like that one friend we all have that we go to for dating advice, who somehow knows what to do in every situation, a REALTOR® knows everything worth knowing about buying and selling homes. That gives you the time to focus on the really important stuff like choosing what colour you want the bedroom to be.

There's a lot that goes on behind the scenes of the housing market, and going at it alone could spell disaster if you aren't entirely sure of what you're doing. From the initial question of whether or not you're ready to buy, to choosing the right type of property, right through to signing on that dotted line, a REALTOR® will help turn your #housegoals into a reality.

Having a professional advise you on what could be the biggest purchase of your life actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it. You're buying so much more than a house - it's somewhere that will become your home, and it's where your future will take place - you want to get it right the first time around!

REALTORS'® knowledge of Toronto's property landscape is pretty impressive, and they get to know you as people so you can avoid any awkward moments when you go to meet the neighbours on moving-in day only to find out they're dentists/killer clowns/some other childhood nightmare of yours. Okay, that probably won't happen, but there are definitely some neighbourhoods you're better suited to than others, and REALTORS® know about them all.

So, how do you go about finding the right REALTOR®? A good place to start would be The Canadian Real Estate Association's free No Regrets website. It's an online resource designed to educate home buyers (especially if you're a first-timer) on the advantages of using a certified REALTOR® when looking for their future home. They represent over 111,000  real estate agents across Canada - chances are you'll find the right fit for you.

So, get the 411 on the 416 from someone who makes it their business to be all-knowing about Toronto's housing market and find the house that you'll be proud to make your home.

If you're looking for a new home and need a bit of a helping hand, check out for more info.

Otherwise, head down to CREA's one-day pop-up on October 26th at King and Peter for some real tea and real-estate stress relief. Happy house hunting!