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The BMO Vancouver Marathon is fast approaching and Michael is very excited to announce that he will be completing his first half Marathon this year! A lot of preparation and work has gone into Michael’s pursuit of athleticism, so let us take a look at how his race prep has allowed him to delve into the mind of a potential home owner and how it has helped him to really understand the struggles and joys of a first time home buyer.

 

Preparing for your first half marathon begins far before you even pick which race you will do. It begins with the feelings of commitment to completing a goal, overcoming a hurdle, or moving on to a new stage in life. When deciding to buy a new house, this also comes with a change in composure towards a new life phase, whether it be a new home because of a marriage or growing family, a change in career, a geographical change, or downsizing the home in senior years, it takes gumption to know when change is abreast.

 

Next Step: Choosing which race you want to do and when you want to do it. There are a lot of factors that go in to choosing which half marathon you want to complete. Where will the route go? Who else will be competing in this sort of marathon? Have you qualified to run in it? Where is the run located?  Will somebody train with you? Do you have a good support network to help you for this particular marathon? Similar considerations must be taken into account when choosing when choosing your new home. Where will your new home be situated? One must look to factors such as who the neighbourhood demographic may be, nearby amenities, cost of living, parking facilities, etc.

 

While training for a marathon, you will definitely encounter some roadblocks, unless you are really lucky. Illness, injury, and prior commitments are definitely likely to be a sticking point in your training regime. These can be overcome, however with a good, though flexible training plan, a training partner by your side, and a good coach or mentor.

 

Buying a house is no different – You are bound to encounter some roadblocks, but with the help of an experienced realtor, and a good support network of family and friends, the road to your new home is bound to clear!

 

Keep your Focus.

Make a plan.

Build your support Network.

 

Best of luck in your next pursuit, whether it be athletic, academic, or taking the next step in your life buying your first home!

 

Hope to see some of you out there running the BMO!

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