Anna’s Buyer’s Guide will take you through the steps of purchasing a property with confidence when you choose Anna Oliver Real Estate Services.
The highest level of service and expertise can be expected while The Anna Oliver Group provides homebuyers with expert advice, accurate market and property information, and prompt access to coveted properties.
Whether it is the first time or not, finding and purchasing a home will easily be one of the most exciting events in your life! Although there are general steps in the process, it is important to keep in mind that every homebuyer or investor has their own unique situations and requirements. Advice from a professional, tenured, expert real estate advisor to assist with navigating financial, property and personal requirements are necessary to ensure a successful transaction. With The Anna Oliver Group, you have found just that expertise – we are so excited to help you navigate your purchase!
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Step 1. Prepare
Before starting your home search, it is important to evaluate your financial situation. Review and confirm your budget, familiarize yourself with mortgage options, and secure a pre-approval from your lender. Doing these items in advance will help you conduct your search with confidence and negotiate your desired home successfully.
ESTABLISH YOUR BUDGET
When determining your total monthly housing costs for your primary residence do not forget to include the mortgage payments, taxes, maintenance fees, insurance, interest charges, and utilities. This total should not exceed 32% of your gross monthly household income.
CONFIRM DOWN PAYMENT
If your down payment amount is less than 20% of the total purchase price, you will need to purchase mortgage loan insurance. The lender will require this as it guarantees the mortgage debt against default. This insurance is built into the mortgage itself and you should be aware of it, however, it is not a separate monthly cost that you need to prepare for.
CHECK YOUR CREDIT RATING
Your credit score plays a significant role in your mortgage approval process. Your lender will consider many factors, including your credit score, when determining the interest rate and other loan terms they offer you.
GET WRITTEN PRE-APPROVAL
Written pre-approval is essential and will give you a competitive edge in securing your desired home. For example, if a seller is looking at similar offers, they will be much more likely to accept an offer with a pre-approval than without.
DEFINE YOUR GOALS, NEEDS & PRICE POINT
Prior to meeting with The Anna Oliver Group, you should have a clear understanding of your goals, needs and price point. Think about your property preferences and any anticipated lifestyle changes or requirements that may impact the purchase of your home and your preferences. As a starting point, you can complete the following worksheet in preparation for your consultation with The Anna Oliver Group.
LIFESTYLE AND STAGE OF LIFE
Give thought to how long you plan on staying, your situation with children/older relatives and if you are close to retirement. Do you want to be close to certain schools? Do you need access to transit? How much of a commute to work are you comfortable with?
HIRE YOUR REALTOR
A REALTOR® represents your interests when purchasing a home, one of the most significant financial investments you can make. For this reason, it is essential to select an advisor with in-depth knowledge of your local real estate market and specialized experience in the property types you are interested in.
Step 2. Search
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Step 3. You Found Your Home. Now What?
SUBMIT YOUR OFFER
It is important that you sit down with your realtor to prepare your offer. Real estate laws vary widely from region to region, and it is essential that you protect your legal interests and account for any specific contractual contingencies unique to your area and desired property.
LEGAL AND CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS
In Canada, an offer commits you to legal and contractual obligations as soon as the other party accepts it. Prior to submitting an offer, ensure you are clear on the legal obligations you are undertaking, should the offer be accepted.
Prior to writing your offer, your realtor will provide you with information on recent area sales, local market information, and background.
With some investigation, your realtor may also be able to assess your seller’s background and objectives for selling, which may assist you in crafting a competitive offer.
The details of an offer typically include your legal name and that of the seller, the legal civic address of the property, the price you are offering to pay, inclusions (items in or around the home that you think are included in the sale should be specifically stated in your offers, such as appliances, lighting fixtures or window coverings), amount of your deposit, dates you take legal and physical possession of the home, legal “subjects” or “conditions” upon which the contract becomes final (such as satisfactory home inspection report or financing approval), and the date the offer expires. Your offer is a legally binding document and should be prepared by a real estate professional or lawyer.
The Anna Oliver Group can advise you as to whether a professional inspection should take place before or after submitting your offer. This will depend on the property age and type, and whether competitive
bids are anticipated.
Ensure that any time frames indicated in your contract are realistic, particularly if your offer is subject to financing. Increases in market activity, as well as increased vigilance by lenders, may mean that mortgage approval requires more time.
Step 4. Negotiate
After submitting an offer you should be prepared to negotiate, not just on the initial price, but for all key factors impacting the sale of the home including deposit, inclusions, dates for possession, and deadlines for additional conditions. Ensure you know your budget and requirements prior to submitting your offer so you do not commit to additional costs during the excitement of the process.
Given the current market, you will most likely find yourself bidding against other buyers. Some sellers in high-demand niche markets may also intentionally list their homes at a low price hoping to stimulate multiple offers.
Accepted As-Is: once signed by the seller, the offer becomes a binding legal contract.
Counter-Offer: the seller may make changes to your offer, such as adjustments to the price, closing date, or conditions. You may accept the counter-offer and close the deal by signing the document, or you may make another counter-offer back to the seller.
Rejection: the seller may choose to reject the offer.
Step 5. Close The Deal
The closing or completion day is the day you take legal possession of your new property.
As this day nears, The Anna Oliver Group and lender will monitor the progress of your transaction to ensure there are no last-minute issues.
COMPLETION (CLOSING) DAY
On completion day itself, legal property ownership transfers to your name. The mortgage amount is provided to your lawyer; they are responsible for paying the seller and completing any necessary documentation.
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