Guide to Buying
How to Find Your Perfect Home
Step 1 - Build A Budget
An effective budget will map out your plan to set aside money for your down payment and additional costs. It will also help determine the price of home you can afford.
Step 2 - Investigate Mortgage Options and Get Pre Qualified
There are many different types of mortgages. If you don’t have the 20% down payment for a conventional mortgage, you can get a high ratio mortgage, combined with mortgage default insurance, that allows for a smaller down payment. You should be pre-approved for a mortgage before you start house hunting.
Step 3 - Choose ME as Your Realtor
As your realtor I will play a vital role in your home buying experience. I will be a combination of a personal advisor, consultant and negotiator. I will show you homes that match your criteria, guide you through the home buying process, negotiate the best possible price for your home and deliver your closing documentation.
Step 4 - Get a Lawyer
It’s important to hire a lawyer who specializes in real estate. You could find yourself in a bidding war for the home you want, and it doesn’t hurt to have a lawyer look over any offer to purchase before you submit it. A real estate lawyer will also conduct a title search and check for outstanding taxes and liens on the property.
Step 5 - House Hunting ( Create a Wishlist )
House hunting can be a lengthy process. To save yourself time, know exactly what you want in a home beforehand. Think about your immediate needs, future plans and lifestyle. When you look at homes, you may be tempted to concentrate on the home, but don’t forget to look at the whole property: the lot, the neighbourhood, the surroundings. How close is the home to facilities and services important to you?
Step 6 - Make an Offer
As your Realtor, I will present the offer to the seller. This document includes the price, conditions, deposit and closing date. The seller either accepts, rejects or counters the offer (also called “signing back” the offer).
Step 7 - Home Inspection
Hiring an inspector is voluntary, but it’s a smart idea for resale homes. You can choose to make your offer to purchase the home conditional on the outcome of your inspection. If your inspection reveals major problems, you can negotiate those repairs with the seller before your deal closes, or legally withdraw your offer.
Step 8 - Finalizing the Deal
Finalizing the deal will include the final approval of your mortgage, a meeting with your lawyer to finalize details like insurance and conditions, and the results of a title search.
Step 9 - Prepare to Move
There’s a lot to do before you move. Line up utilities and other services like phone, cable and internet. If you rent, you must give your landlord notice. Also, forward your mail to your new address and hire a moving company. Preparing these things well in advance will help you make a smooth transition to your new home.
Step 10 - Closing Day
This is the day you legally get possession of the house. Your lawyer completes the paperwork (so the home is in your name), payments are finalized and you receive the deed and the keys. Congratulations on your new home!