10 Steps to Smart Home Buying
Buying a home is no easy feat. Which is why we have decided to embark on providing our readers with as much useful information as possible. Arming yourself with knowledge of the real estate industry can not only save you a lot of money, but ease the burden and duration of the entire process. Below you will find a list of topics we are to cover over on our site. It is a table of contents of sorts to the book of information we plan to blog across this site. Be sure to take a read, and more importantly, drop us a message if you have any further questions. Thank you.
Meet with us for a pre-buying consultation where we will get you prepared and knowledgeable about one of the biggest milestones you are about to take. This will help you gain a better understanding so there are no hidden surprises.
- What’s your motivation to buy?
- Are you ready?
- Buying with discipline vs. emotion
THE REALITY CHECK
We’ll go through with you if it’s the right time to buy – help you build your 5-year plan.
- Understand market conditions. Is it a Buyer’s market?
- What is the current interest rate?
- Can you live in your current home for another 6-12 months?
- What are the repercussions if you decide to wait
THE MONEY CRUNCHER
Now that we’ve determined your reasons for buying and that you ready to buy – let’s talk affordability.
- What’s your budget?
- Down payment
- Do we need to get a pre-approval for a mortgage?
- CMHC insurance
- Closing costs
- Laying out your monthly carrying costs
- Home Insurance
- Maintenance Fees (depending on type of property)
- Property Taxes
THE NEEDS VS WANTS
Do your homework before you buy. Here we breakdown what you need vs. what you want and fitting that into your budget that we just identified.
- Differentiate between the types of home ownership
- Do you need a condo or house?
- Have you considered the lifestyles between a condo and house
- What is your bare minimum for the size of your home?
Picking the ideal location is also a key part of the home buying triple constraint. We’ll help you find the right neighbourhood with the right schools. Do you want a shorter commute to and from work?
- Schools and ranks
- Public transportation and accessibility
Now that we know what you want, where you want it and how much you can spend – let’s put all this to work. Let us help you build your portfolio of ideal properties.
Now that you’re in love, we have to move on to make that a lasting relationship. It’s important that you don’t let your emotions get the best of you when making an offer. Real estate is an investment – fortunately, we are here to help you put together an Offer to Purchase and discuss all the details.
- Comparative Market Analysis
- Submitting Offers
- Negotiating deals
- Counter Offers
What’s the first thing you do when you buy something? Make sure it’s in working order! It’s no different for home ownership. We’ll educate you on the importance of a home inspection and ensure we get an inspection done.
No, We haven’t switched the topic to baseball – we’re still on home buying. It’s time to seal the deal. This is where you meet the key player in closing the deal – the lawyer.
- What’s entailed in the closing costs
- Mortgage application fees
- Legal fees
- Title Insurance
- Registration and more
It’s finally here – D-Day! You move in to your new home. Congratulations!
- Call the movers
- Address change and mail forwarding
- Yard sale
- Donate unwanted things
- Utilities and more
You've just snagged a great deal for your new home! It's exciting to move into your new home but there's still so much to do! We can help you organize the rest of your move.
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BuyerJul 29th, 2021
Amelin worked tirelessly to ensure I found a great property in my ideal area, within budget. She was professional, patient, and highly knowledgeable. Furthermore, she was well-versed with all property types (detached homes, condos etc.) across the GTA as well as Downtown Toronto. Don't take my word for it - give her a call and see for yourself; you won't be disappointed.
Thank you Theepan for your invaluable advice and service. You helped us sell our home in a week’s time. From the day we met you till the day we signed off on the sale, your service was impeccable. We also appreciated how compassionate and understanding you were during this stressful period. Thank you for being very responsive, and going beyond our expectations.
We know many real estate agents but no one came as highly recommended as Theepan. He made us feel like we were his one and only clients, with constant communication throughout the entire process and we felt like he always had our best interest at the forefront. He did not disappoint. If you're looking for an agent, you should look no further.
Devakaran SarathchandranOct 23rd, 2020
I had many questions throughout the buying process and Theepan always answered them in a timely and helpful manner. He also asked the right questions to determine what my definition of a ‘perfect home’ (style, pricing, neighbourhood, etc. etc.) before making recommendations on prospective homes. I really appreciated his patience and availability – especially spending many evenings and weekends looking at homes in different neighbourhoods, different styles of houses, renovated/non-renovated homes, etc. until I found exactly what I wanted. I never felt any pressure from Theepan to put in an offer on a house I did not want. He is also very knowledgeable of the market and provided very frank feedback about the properties (pros and cons). I would definitely recommend Theepan to anyone who is looking for a helpful and professional real estate agent!!
Theepan helped me buy my first property and I enjoyed every bit of it. He was very professional from start to finish and answered all my questions thoroughly (even my stupid ones:P). He was very patient when showing the properties I was interested in - even when he knew I wouldn't like it but he let me make that call. He quickly caught onto what I was looking for and found me that one! It was a true pleasure working with him. Thanks for you all your support getting me through that nerve-wracking process! He is not lying about the customized approach to real-estate!:) That's exactly what he does!