The buying process

Feeling comfortable and confident about your decision is key, and being aware of what to expect is essential.

Choosing the right Realtor to represent you in your real estate endeavours will make all the difference in your home buying experience. Having a full time professional who is protecting your best interests will eliminate unnecessary stress and error in the process, ensure that you make a wise and financially sound investment, and carefully guide you through each step of the moving process. My 25 years with Re/Max brings a wealth of experience and expertise to team up with you in all of these areas. My 25 years with Re/Max proudly gives me a leading place in London’s real estate industry placing you `top of mind’, always with an effort to exceed your expectations, leaving you with confidence and comfort as you settle into wherever ‘home’ might be.

Take a peek at the list of duties, tasks and responsibilities that become part of our days and simplify your real estate business and benefit your experience when purchasing a home. Just to highlight a few of their roles:

  • I will educate you on market trends and justify value to ensure you won’t overpay for your next property
  • Compare listings and neighborhoods in order to help you make an informed decision about where you’d like to live
  • Access the MLS system and enroll you in features of this tool that the public is not privy to
  • Preview homes to ensure they are a good fit for you
  • Coordinate and accompany private showings, all the while providing valuable feedback about unique features or drawbacks to specific properties
  • Refer you to trusted service providers such as mortgage specialists, home inspectors, lawyers, contractors and other relevant contacts that might be helpful to your circumstances
  • Negotiate with your best interests in mind
  • Ease the transition of moving with timely reminders & lists of value-added services including moving help, change of address information and more!

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The Buyer Representation Agreement

This contract sets out the responsibilities of your realtor, in order to protect your rights and put your best interests first. This agreement will guarantee that you will receive the best service possible when it comes to your real estate dealings. The Buyer Representation Agreement ensures that full disclosure, confidentiality, loyalty, diligence, and respect will be given to you. The contract also protects the realtor by ensuring that compensation will be made when their job is done. Jennifer will explain this in further detail – don’t be afraid to ask questions, and always be informed about what you are signing!

  • Benefits of signing a Buyer Representation Agreement

Once your realtor is working on your behalf, you’re ready to hit the road. Although looking at house after house can be tiring, it can also be exciting to see the homes you could purchase. Jennifer and Nicole will help to simplify this process by weeding out any undesirable properties. They will email you information to review prior to each showing and suggest effective ways to ease your search. Jennifer will also provide objective feedback about each property – highlighting its advantages, and also its setbacks. It can be tempting to fall in love with that custom kitchen, or that oversized garage. But if a home doesn’t meet your true needs, it might not be the best fit. You can trust that when it is time to make a decision, you will be informed, educated, and aware.

As you shop and tour the homes available for you, take a pen and paper to jot notes and candid thoughts. You might also want to bring along a checklist to see how each property ‘stacks up’ against your wish list.


Making an Offer

Once you have found a house to purchase, deciding to submit an offer is an exciting step. Committing to the process might make you nervous, but Jennifer will guide you through this contract. The Agreement of Purchase and Sale is a lengthy document outlining the terms of ownership transfer. It is full of legal language, but here’s some information that will help you understand the essence of the contract.


Closing the Purchase

Once the Agreement of Purchase and Sale is firm and binding (when the conditions have all been fulfilled), a lawyer will become involved to begin the legal transfer of the property. Many documents are required and a long list of tasks must be completed before the keys to your new home land in your hands. Reviewing the legal status of the property, transferring the ownership deed, protecting against fraud, fulfilling government legislation, examining zoning issues, unpaid taxes, liens and easements – your lawyer has a big job to smoothly finalize the sale of your home. Jennifer can refer you to a lawyer who will get the job done.

Making your Move

A firm contract means you can officially begin planning your move. Jennifer will provide helpful hints to ensure that nothing is forgotten so that everything unravels smoothly upon moving day. Don’t forget to…

  • Notify utility companies about your upcoming change of address
  • Give notice to your landlord if you rent your current home or apartment
  • Begin planning your move – hire movers, pack belongings
  • Update your address with Canada Post and contacts