Buying your first home?
It's not easy out there for Millenials buying their first home, especially in metro Vancouver. So, when first-time home buyers purchase today, they must be smarter buyers to stay ahead of the game.
First time home buyers must be aware of where price appreciation has occured in metro Vancouver, and why it is a better investment to purchase in those areas. In addition, first time home buyers must be knowledgeable about maximizing future values, zoning and newer trends. It's not enough to
just leave it up to 'chance'. Knowledge is power and planning is key.
Buyers today must have a Realtor who can help them see anticipate future needs. I invite you to seek out three Realtors and interview them to see if they are the right fit for YOU. Ask yourself-- Do I want that Realtor on my team?
I am a full-time licensed Realtor with RE/MAX Crest Realty (Westside) in Vancouver. For the past thirteen years and have helped countless first time home buyers. I am also dedicated to the public and have been providing free home buying seminars to the communities of Greater Vancouver.
My mission is to educate, epower and enlighten first-time home buyers. But, that's not all I do. I give first time home buyers a whole lot more because I am passionate about what I do. I help first-time home buyers with resources, statistics, and reports prepared by qualified professionals in the real estate industry.
I am an experienced professional who has always provided guidance whenever needed, and placed people first, ahead of profit. I hope you will take the time to attend our seminar in the Fall, and meet me! If you cannot make it, please feel free to contact me and we will send you a copy of our slideshow presentation to view at your own leisure.
I am a member of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).
I am also dedicated to the Children's Miracle Network fund and donate a portion of my commission to such a worthy cause.
Many thanks for visiting my website ~Hope to see you soon! Geraldine Santiago
FREE Home Buying Seminar
Buying your first home? Young buyer? Move up buyer? New immigrant buying real estate in metro Vancouver? You're in the right place!
Vancouver is one of the best places in the world to live, work and play and if you are haven't bought your piece of real estate yet, ask yourself why not?
There are approximately 8,000 real estate agents in British Columbia. Some specialize in a certain area, such as Port Coquitlam, Vancouver, or Richmond. Others specialize in a certain demographics- seniors, investors or first time home buyers.
There are a handful of us who specialize in first time home buyers. Seek us out and find out who is the best candidate for you. Not all real estate agents are alike. Given that this is your first home, you need to find someone with the right credentials and who can far surpass others, other than just being a 'sales person'.
If you still haven't decided WHO to help you when you purchase- here's something to think about--
How you'll EXCEL when you choose ME as your Realtor:
I'll show you where to buy, what to look for to get maximum results. I'll take the time to show you trends, forecasts, research and reports. I'll show you exactly what areas have exceded market gains and WHY!!! I invite you to ask other agents these same questions, and you'll be convinced that the information and reports that I offer you will be POWERFUL TOOLS when you purchase.
KEY AREAS in NEIGHBOURHOODS throughout Metro Vancouver have become HOT SPOTS IN REAL ESTATE! If you are not aware of those areas, you could be missing out on a tremendous opportunity!
So giive me a call if you are serious about buying your first home. I'd love to meet you for a free consultation. (604) 76-HOUSE or email me at email@example.com
" You have my personal and professional commitment that I will help make the purchase or sale of your home a smooth and positive experience. I offer a unique one-on-one service with information, support, communication and experience like no other.
My real estate knowledge, experience in marketing, combined with my unique, creative skills and expertise in leveraging technology, will make your real estate experience with me successful."
-- G E R A L D I N E S A N T I A G O
If you're still not convinced I'm the right Realtor for you- check out these articles, this year- 2014.
Breakfast TV: Interview with Geraldine Santiago on Maximizing Your Property's Potential
Click Here: http://www.btvancouver.ca/videos/3449298978001/
Vancouver Sun: Geraldine Santiago On Densification in Metro Vancouver
REW.ca Know Where to Buy, Future Values Now for Buyers/Sellers
Want to attend our annual seminar and meet me personaly? Attend our free home buying seminar November 12, 2014 from 7-8:30pm at the Creekside Community Centre. Pre-register through Eventbrite as space is limited.
Geraldine Santiago, published author of the "Complete Home Buyer's Guide for Canadians" , "Selling Your Home in Canada" and "Buy and Sell a Recreational Property in Canada" and licensed Realtor, along with industry experts-- Alma Pasic, Glenn Duxbury, and Patricia Wright present at this seminar.
Topics to be discussed: the importance of each professional and what their roles are, contingency funds and special assessments, building envelopes, how to avoid leaky condo's, legal documents. binding contracts, costs and more!
Find out about what the market is doing. We'll show you how to read market statistics and learn how to use this information to get the best possible price. What are sub-areas doing? Each locality is different - North Vancouver to Richmond to New Westminster.
Knowing how much price are being discounted (or not) in these areas will give you a heads up during the negotiation process. The market is constantly changing- is it hot or cold? If so, which areas are going to increase next month? Don't miss out on this important information.
CAN'T ATTEND that day but are still interested in our seminar? Don't worry! Simply fill out the form and request of our webinar to be sent to your email. You'll be able to watch our seminar at your own leisure.
Want information RIGHT NOW? If you are wanting information right now, fill in the registration and make the request to receive our complimentary copy of our slide presentation. We will be happy to send them to you free of charge in a PDF file.
Once I became a Realtor myself, early in my career, my first clients happened to be first time home buyers. I knew EXACTLY what they were going through. I had been there myself. I tried to give my clients all the guidance they needed. I answered all their questions, explained in detail the options they had, and gave them all the resources they need to make their own inquiries. It was then I decided to help first time home buyers. As a published author, I provided home buying seminars at public libraries and community centres regularly, and was invited to speak at many real estate events.
Attend a First Time Home Buyer Seminar & Get EMPOWERED!
If you are thinking of buying your very first home, and don't know where to begin, this is the seminar for YOU! Whether you are thinking of purchasing in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Vancouver, East Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Tri-cities, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Ladner, or Maple Ridge, join us for an informative evening with industry experts.
Our home buying seminar specifically focuses on first time home buyers purchasing in Metro Vancouver. Experts discuss important real estate issues such as: first time home buyer's do's and don'ts, property purchase transfer tax exemptions for first time home buyers (and how to qualify), home owner's grants, obtaining the best possible rates, getting a pre-approval, avoiding leaky condos and costly surprises, depreciation reports, contingency funds, deposits and downpayments......and a whole lot more!
Our primary goal is to empower, educate and enlighten first time home buyers by way of facts, statistics and information--and lots of it! We provide tips on saving money, resources and most importantly guide first time home buyers through the entire home buying process from pre-approval to posession day.
We'll show you how to prepare and plan, save money for your down payment, improve your credit score, pay off your debt and point you in the direction when it's right for you!
Geraldine Santiago is a licensed real estate agent with RE/MAX and has always been active in the community. As an author of three real estate reference books, "Complete Home Buyer's Guide for Canadians", "Selling Your Home in Canada" "Buy and Sell a Recreational Property in Canada", Self-Counsel Press Ltd. she provides invaluable information on real estate. She has had the priviledge of also hosting home buying and home selling seminars at numerous community centres and public libraries throughout the lower mainland since 2002. Santiago says, "We hope to make your first home buying experience as stress free and enjoyable as possible and we recommend that you attend our seminar to achieve this!"
Join our 14th annual RE/MAX Greater Vancouver First Time Home Buyer Seminar scheduled for March 18, 2015 at #1 Athlete's Way for an evening of information. Please pre-register on-line as space is limited.
For over years, Santiago and her team of experts have helped thousands of home buyers. See a partial list of seminars we've hosted....we've come a long, long way!
March 18, 2015 Creekside Community Centre (Vancouver)
November 12, 2014 Creekside Community Centre (Vancouver)
November 13, 2013 Creekside Community Centre (Vancouver)
October 7. 2013 False Creek Community Centre (Vancouver)
October 8, 2013 Cambie Public Library (Richmond)
October 21, 2013 Ironwood Public Library (Richmond)
May 14, 2013 False Creek Community Centre
November 25, 2012 Burnaby Public Library
November 7, 2012 Richmond Public Library (Minoru)
January 11, 2011 False Creek Community Centre
January 26, 2011 Dunbar Community Centre
October 5, 2010 False Creek Community Centre
April 20, 2010 Richmond Cambie Public Library
October 22, 2010 Renfrew Community Centre
September 10, 2009 Renfrew Community Centre
September 3, 2009 Killarney Community Centre
May 28, 2009 Richmond Public Library
May 14, 2009 Riley Park Community Centre
April 23, 2009 Richmond Public Library
March 12, 2009 Renfrew Community Centre
February 5, 2009 Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
October 7, 2008 Riley Park Community Centre
June 5, 2008 Roundhouse Community Centre
May 20, 2008 Riley Park Community Centre
March 10, 2008 UBC Community Centre
Marcy 4, 2008 Riley Park Community Centre
February 28, 2008 Roundhouse Community Centre
February 20, 2008 Richmond Pubilc Library Cambie Branch
February 6, 2008 Renfrew Community Centre
January 30, 2008 Renfrew Community Centre
December 4, 2008 Richmond Public Library Ironwood Branch
November 29, 2007 Coquitlam Public Library
November 27, 2007 Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
November 21, 2007 Roundhouse CommunityCentre
October 24, 2007 South Delta Pubic Library
October 10, 2007 North Delta Regional Library
October 3, 2007 Port Moody Public Library
September 19, 2007 Riley Park Community Centre
June 20, 2007 Richmond Public Library Cambie Branch
June 13, 2007 Riley Park Community Centre
May 29, 2007 Richmond Public Library Ironwood Branch
May 9, 2007 Roundhouse Community Centre
April 24, 2007 Trout Lake Community Centre
April 19, 2007 Renfrew Community Centre
April 10, 2007 New Westminster Public Library
March 7, 2007 False Creek Community Centre
February 28, 2007 East Hastings Community Centre
February 27, 2007 Richmond Public Library Ironwood Branch
February 22, 2007 Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
January 24, 2007 Renfrew Community Centre
November 24, 2006 Roundhouse Community Centre
October 19, 2006 Richmond Public Library Cambie Branch
October 12, 2006 Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
October 5, 2006 East Hastings Community Centre
September 27, 2006 Renfrew Community Centre
June 1, 2006 EV Logistics: Exclusive Seminar
April 26, 2006 Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch
April 18, 2006 Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
April 8, 2006 Chapters Bookstore Bridgeport Richmond
April 6, 2006 Richmond Cambie Public Library
March 29, 2006 Renfrew Community Centre
March 22, 2006 Richmond Public Library Ironwood Branch
March 18, 2006 Italian Cultural Centre with Ozzie Jurock
February 23, 2006 Roundhouse Community Centre
January 26, 2006 Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
January 19, 2006 East Hastings Community Centre
November 3, 2005 Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
October 27, 2005 East Hastings Community Centre
October 25, 2005 Trout Lake Community Centre
October 20, 2005 Richmond Public Library Cambie Branch
October 13, 2005 Richmond Public Library Ironwood Branch
October 5, 2005 Roundhouse Community Centre
September 28, 2005 Renfrew Community Centre
April 28, 2005 East Hastings Community Centre
April 27, 2005 Trout Lake Community Centre
April 13, 2005 Renfrew Community Centre
March 10, 2005 Roundhouse Community Centre
February 16, 2005 East Hastings Community Centre
February 2, 2005 Roundhouse Community Centre
January 26, 2005 Renfrew Community Centre
January 19, 2005 Trout Lake Community Centre
November 3, 2004 Roundhouse Community Centre
October 13, 2004 Renfrew Community Centre
September 30, 2004 Roundhouse Community Centre
August 11, 2004 East Hastings Community Centre
June 16, 2004 Roundhouse Community Centre
May 12, 2004 East Hastings Community Centre
April 29, 2004 Roundhouse Community Centre
April 14, 2004 Renfrew Community Centre
April 13, 2004 Trout Lake Community Centre
March 18, 2004 Richmond Public Library Minoru Branch
March 10, 2004 Roundhouse Community Centre
February 3, 2004 Renfrew Community Centre
January 15, 2004 East Hastings Community Centre
November 16, 2003 Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre
October 12, 2003 East Hastings Community Centre
October 5, 2003 Dunbar Community Centre
May 14, 2003 Roundhouse Community Centre
May 4, 2003 Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
March 5, 2003 East Hastings Community Centre
February 7, 2003 Trout Lake Community Centre
January 30, 2003 Douglas Park Community Centre
October 10, 2002 Killarney Park Community Centre
October 17, 2002 False Creek Community Centre
November 21, 2002 Roundhouse Community Centre
Top Row: (Left to Right) Glenn Duxbury and Ron Usher
Bottom Row:(Left to Right) Alma Pasic and Geraldine Santiago
Photography: Steve Owst Photography
Left to Right: Glenn Duxbury Home Inspector, Geraldine Santiago RE/MAX Agent and Published Real Estate Author, and Alma Pasic, Mortgage Broker
Alma Pasic, Mortgage Broker with Verico Wizard
Geraldine Santiago, Published Real Estate Author and RE/MAX Agent
Glenn Duxbury, Certified Home Inspector