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Halifax Houses for Sale - Halifax Investment Property

It is becoming a popular trend in Halifax to buy a home as an investment property. Currently Halifax is experiencing a boom in housing prices. Halifax homes with a pleasant view of the horizon often sell at a premium above similar homes without the view. Even though most real estate value is usually concentrated in the building, the lot is important, too. Obviously, it should be as level as possible. Assuming the property is in a typical neighbourhood, the lot should be rectangular – no odd shaped lots or oddly situated lots. Yard sizes are smaller in modern homes than in older homes, but there should still be a decently sized front and back yard. Do not buy a house where the entire back yard is taken up by a swimming pool, for example. Do not purchase an over-landscaped property, either. You would normally pay a premium for that, which you may not be able to recover when you sell. You will get your best value if the house is moderately landscaped or under-landscaped for the area. You can always improve the landscaping during your ownership by improving the grass and adding bushes and trees. This will improve the value of your Halifax investment property.

In each Halifax residential neighbourhood, houses will vary in size and rooms, but they should not be too different. When resale value is important consideration, you should not buy the largest model in the neighbourhood. When determining market value, the homes nearest to yours are most important. If most of the nearby houses are smaller than your house, they can act as a drag on appreciation. On the other hand, if you buy a small or medium house for the neighbourhood, the larger homes can help pull up your value. This is one of those times where determining your "wants" versus your "needs" can be extremely important. Buying what you need in a more prestigious neighbourhood may provide more financial reward than getting what you want in a less desirable neighbourhood of Halifax.

Three and four bedroom houses are the most popular among homebuyers, so if you can stick in that range you will have more potential buyers when it comes time to resell your Halifax investment property. Five is okay, too, as long as you do not have to pay too much extra for the additional bedroom. There should always be at least two bathrooms in a house, preferably at least two and a half. One bathroom with a place to wash up for day-to-day visitors, one for the master bedroom, and at least one to be shared by the other bedrooms. Walk-in closets are extremely desirable for the master bedroom. For the rest of the house, just be sure there is plenty of closet space. Don't forget space for linens and towels.

Garages add to the resale value to your investment property and you should always make sure to get at least a two-car garage. Lately, three-car garages have become desirable in some areas of the country. The laundry facilities should be located somewhere convenient on the main floor of the house, but not in a place it will create an eyesore. Think about whether future purchasers will want to walk up and down stairs when carrying loads of laundry.

Family activity centers around the kitchen, so this is the most important room of the house. Larger kitchens are better, and they should be provided with modern appliances. Obviously, the dining room and breakfast nook should be located adjacent to the kitchen. In newer Halifax houses, the family room should also be extremely close to the kitchen. There should be easy access to the back yard, as there will be occasions for barbecues and outdoor entertaining. In addition, it should be a short trek between the garage to the kitchen so hauling groceries in from the car does not become a horrendous chore. Swimming pools do not provide as much added value as they once did. Safety issues about families with younger children have become more publicized than in the past, so families with small children tend to avoid homes with pools. As a result, having a pool may actually reduce the number of potential homebuyers when you try to resell the home in Halifax.

Halifax waterfront properties have historically been the best performers in terms of there resale value. Maclean's magazine even referred to increase in property values talking about Halifax $1 million dollar homes along the waterfront.

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