CELPIP Reading for Information Buying a House

Celpip Reading for Information Buying a House

CELPIP Reading for Information Buying a House

This Reading Module has 12 questions similar to the kinds of questions that you can expect to find on an actual CELPIP Test. Practice Celpip Test Reading for Information “Buying a House” with answers.

Part 1

Directions: Read the following passage.

A.

Buying a house is one of the most important decisions people will make in their lifetimes. One of the most important things to do before buying a house is to do your homework. Too many people get into the market without really knowing what to look for. It is easy to make mistakes, to the point of even buying the wrong house, if you do not know what you are doing. By following a few simple steps prior to making this major purchasing decision, you will make the house hunting process that much easier.

B.

One of the first steps to take before purchasing a new home is to talk to people who have experience buying and selling houses. That could include friends, neighbours, relatives, and even blogs on various real estate websites. Those people may have ideas that can save you time and headaches. Ask them about their experiences, and what kinds of things you should be looking out for when buying your first home. There is a lot to be said for using another person’s experiences to make your own experiences more pleasant. Taking such a basic but important step is key to making a good purchase.

C.

Another step to take prior to purchasing a house is to make a list of criteria that you are looking for in a house. For instance, what kind of building would you like to live in? Would you like to live in an older or a newer one? Would you like to have every room on one floor, or would you rather have a twostory house? What kind of neighbourhood would suit you? How many bedrooms do you want? Such considerations will enable you to make a better buying decision. It cannot be emphasized enough that, by asking and answering such questions, you will be much happier with the purchase of your home.

D.

Another step that you should take is to visit various houses for sale, so that you can get an idea of what is available at what price. A realtor would certainly make such visits easier, because they are good at narrowing down the selection of houses for you; however, these days more and more people are opting to bypass the traditional realtor method, and are going house hunting on their own. This allows home buyers to save thousands of dollars on commissions. Multiple listing websites allow even laymen to research the listings that are available in any given area. Open houses are an excellent way for home sellers to display their homes, as well as for prospective buyers to get a close look at a home they may be interested in purchasing.

E. (Not mentioned)

Part 2

Directions: Decide which paragraph (A, B, C, or D) contains the information in each of the following statements. If the information is not discussed in any of the paragraphs, choose “E”.

1. These professionals are there to help you.

A      B      C      D      E

2. Consider what will make you happy.

A      B      C      D      E

3. Get experienced friends.

A      B      C      D      E

4. Always try to bargain.

A      B      C      D      E

5. Take a course on buying a house.

A      B      C      D      E

6. You should hire a realtor.

A      B      C      D      E

7. Acquaintances could assist you.

A      B      C      D      E

8. Making a wise decision includes considering the number of rooms.

A      B      C      D      E

9. It is easy to buy the wrong house if you know what you are doing.

A      B      C      D      E

10. You should use an easy guideline if you want to make something simpler.

A      B      C      D      E

11. More people are looking for a house by themselves.

A      B      C      D      E

12. Considering the age of a house can contribute to a better decision.

A      B      C      D      E

CELPIP Reading for Information Buying a House Answers

1) D
2) C
3) E
4) E
5) E
6) E
7) B
8) C
9) E
10) A
11) D
12) C

Answers Explanation

Reading for Information Buying a House

1) D: Paragraph D discusses the concept of realtors (=real estate agents), who are professional home sales people.

2) C: Paragraph C says that you should consider what you would like (=what will make you happy) in terms of home characteristics.

3) E: The sentence “Get experienced friends” has the strange meaning of “Make new friends who have experience in something”, which is very different from the idea in Paragraph that advises talking to people (e.g. friends) who have experience buying and selling houses.

4) E: There is no information in the reading that says you should always try to bargain.

5) E: Paragraph A mentions doing your homework before buying a house, which means doing some research before buying a house, but it does not refer to taking a course.

6) E: Paragraph D says that realtors can make the process of home buying easier, but it does not say that you “should” hire a realtor.

7) B: Paragraph B discusses the various kinds of people that can help you, including neighbours, who are an example of “acquaintances” (people that you are familiar with, but maybe not as close as family or friends).

8) C: Paragraph C mentions that a consideration such as number of bedrooms will allow you to make a better (=wiser) buying decision.

9) E: Paragraph A says that you could buy “the wrong house, if you do not know what you are doing.” The Question 9 sentence is very similar, but it has omitted (=deleted) the word “not”.

10) A: The last sentence of Paragraph A says that “By following a few simple steps,…you will make the house hunting process that much easier”, which has the same meaning as “You should use an easy guideline if you want to make something simpler.”

11) D: Paragraph D mentions that more people are going house hunting on their own.

12) C: Paragraph C says that you can make a better buying decision if you ask a question such as “Would you like to live in an older or a newer (house)?”

Also Check: Celpip Reading for Information Education in Canada

 

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