THINKING ABOUT BUYING?
You’ve come to the right place. With our past experience in construction and design mixed with our killer negotiating skills we’ve become savvy buyers agents and helped over 500 clients find their home. With over 10 years under our belt playing the Real Estate game you’ll soon find out why they call us “Special Agents”.
Below is our simple 10 step process to buying Real Estate
1. FIND A BUYERS AGENT
Congrats !! You’ve just completed Step #1. You are here. We usually like to start the process by setting up a quick coffee (or beer) meeting to learn more about what exactly you are looking for and explain how we can help out. But for now simply fill out our VIP House Search form and get the ball rolling.
2. GET PRE APROVED
This is a very important step that needs to happen before you start shopping for houses. You definitely don’t want to find your dream home only to find out you can’t afford it. That’s just no fun. We have an amazing list of our “GO TO” mortgage specialist that we know and trust. These are the best in the game and we can hook you up. Once we know a bit more about your ideal criteria we can connect you with the perfect broker.
3. MAKE A WISH LIST
There are a ton of factors to consider when making your list and the priority of that list changes as you see properties in person. Our goal is to find you something that gets you a 7 out of 10. Not because 10 out of 10’s just don’t exist…..They are like unicorns. Because one of those 10 is price. Things to consider when making that list; numbers of bedrooms, sq/ft, ideal location, parking, is in-suite laundry and a patio a must ?
LET’S FIND YOUR DREAM HOME
4. LET’S START THE HUNT
Once you decide on your search criteria, we set up a search and start sending you properties that match your criteria. One of the benefits of working with an agent, is you get notified 2 or 3 days before the public when a matching property hits the market. Once you come across a listing or two you want to see in person, you simply let us know and we organize the showings for you. It’s now time to hit the streets.
During this time we can educate you on the pros and cons of certain areas. Teach you about specific issues to look for in certain types of buildings. Advise you on renovation ideas. Show you what “rainscreening” actually means. And answer every real estate question you’ve had on your mind.
5. YOU FOUND THE ONE !!
You’ve found the one !! This is the biggest and most exciting step (besides the house warming party obviously) It’s time to write up an offer. We now draft up a contract, do the research on all the comparables, dig up the tax report and then sit down with you to come up with the most attractive offer possible. This is where our Special Agent negotiating tactics get you the BEST price possible. Time to play some hardball. Our favourite part 🙂
6. OFFER IS ACCEPTED
We now have a week to 10 days to remove subjects. During this time we help you organize inspection, read through all the strata docs, and help your mortgage broker get everything they need to get you a full mortgage approval.
8. PICK A LAWYER OR NOTARY
You’ll need to pick a real estate lawyer to complete the deal. Usually costs around $800-$1000 depending on your mortgage situation. We organize delivery of all the documents to the lawyers. All you need to do is show up on a specified day and sign the papers.
7. SUBJECTS ARE REMOVED (DONE DEAL)
Congrats !!! You have done all your due diligence and are happy moving forward with the purchase. You sign a subject removal addendum and get a deposit cheque (usually 5% of the purchase price) and BAM !! We technically have ourselves a done deal.
9. ORGANIZE THE MOVE
During the next coming months you’ll need to organize movers (We have hook-ups for you), call and book cable/internet connection, set up hydro, and purchase house insurance (we also have a connection) Closer to the completion day we will organize with lawyers and other agents to get you access and keys to your brand new home.
10. HOUSE WARMING PARTY
This is our favourite part and one of our specialties. We love House Warming parties !! It’s honestly one of the reasons we got into real estate. haha ! By the time we’ve gone through this entire process together, we will become pretty good friends and it would just be weird if we didn’t show up at your house warming party baring gifts. Just don’t forget to invite us 😉