Educating yourself with the current market conditions is the most important step of the home buying process. To ensure you have the most effective search possible, I've compiled the following important steps:
Choose Your Agent
There are thousands of real estate agents in Toronto, so how do you chose one that’s right for you?
Since buying a home is usually the largest investment you will make, you should pick carefully. Your agent should be looking out for your best interests at all times. You will need someone that you can trust, and someone who understands what you want. Your agent should also be in tune with the current market conditions. It's always good to read testimonials from past clients.
Get Pre-Approved for Financing
Getting pre-approved for a mortgage should be one of the first things you do. It is important to set a parameter for your search, but will also make your offer stronger from a negotiation standpoint. I am happy to recommend my preferred mortgage brokers to anyone who is looking for assistance.
In a fast paced market such as Toronto, it's important to be as prepared as possible. Often, you will need to submit a deposit cheque with your offer. This depends on the sale structure of each property. If not submitted with your offer, you will still need the funds within 24 hours of an accepted offer, so it's best to have the deposit amount available. In Toronto, deposits are typically a minimum of 5% of the purchase price.
Know All Your Costs
Additional to your deposit and down payment, there are other costs involved in buying a home. You will need extra cash to pay for Land Transfer Tax, legal fees, title insurance, a home inspection, disbursements, and moving costs. Feel free to contact me, and I will be happy to discuss these costs with you!
Begin Your Search!
The more prepared you are, the smoother the home buying process will be. With proper education and an agent who is working in your best interest, the purchasing process can be very enjoyable. Contact me for more information!