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223 Webb Drive Condo For Sale With Spectacular Lake View And 60K In Upgrades

June 15, 2015 - Updated: June 15, 2015Top listings

223 Webb Dr #2309 condo for sale top listing

If you are looking to live in a Mississauga condo which can only be described as stunning, then look no further.  This ultra modern two bedroom and two washroom condo features spectacular views of the lake and the Toronto skyline.  223 Webb Drive otherwise known as the Onyx condo is located minutes away from Square One shopping centre, great restaurants, entertainment and accessible to highways and transit nearby.

Sixty thousand dollars was spent to jazz up the already well styled “standard” suite into an ultra modern palace in the sky of Mississauga. 

Featuring: 

  • Custom designed modern kitchen with premium stainless steel appliances, wall oven, dark cabinetry with modern hardware, pantry, back splash, pot lights and built in wall TV.
  • Solar powered blinds to regulate ceiling to floor window privacy.
  • Imported 24 inch tiles from Spain.
  • Premium Canadian Hardwood.
  • Custom bathrooms with modern square toilets.
  • Plus so much more

This might be the best two bedroom suite at the Onyx condo and for sure the best that I have ever come across.  Considering the buildings outstanding amenities, super location and the buildings good resale value, this condo is an absolute gem for any prospective buyers.  To see this condo please contact me in the comments, email or simply call.

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Get Special Access To Pinnacle’s New Amber Condo Before It’s Open To The General Public!

June 10, 2015 - Updated: June 10, 2015Buying Real Estate

Amber Pinnacle Uptown New Mississauga Condo Todd Lee

Amber condo is the next phase of Pinnacles Uptown project to be built located steps from Eglinton Ave. W.  And Hurontario St. in Mississauga.  PInnacle International is one of Canada's Leading builders of Luxury condominium residences.

 

ToddLee.ca has arranged with the builder Pinnacle to have V.I.P. access for our clients before the initial release to the general public.  You heard that right.  You can get the best available condo units in this very popular condo project before anyone else.

 

Uptown by Pinnacle is a widely successful condo apartment and townhouse development.  Current phases completed or under construction are Crystal condos and The Marquee Towhomes On The Park.  Often time’s investors and condo shoppers want to buy a preconstruction condo but find the best units have already been snapped up.  To avoid missing out, call Todd Lee right away to get the best one, one plus one and two bedroom condos before their all gone!

 

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So You Want To Buy An Investment Property. But Are You Ready To Be A Landlord?

May 23, 2014 - Updated: May 23, 2014Buying Real Estate

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Why do you want an investment property?  To make easy money right!  Here are some things to consider when you are buying an investment proeprty.

 

Positive cash flow

How profitable will being a landlord really be?  The landlord has to ask themselves if they want positive cash flow and figure out if the money earned will exceed the money spent on being a landlord.  Consideration to the local rental rates especially to similar properties is required to properly ascertain potential gross income.

 

Will a reasonable rate minus the cost of leasing the unit be worth the while?  Costs can include regular maintenance costs, condo fees, insurance, property taxes, mortgage payments cost of gas travelling to and from the leased unit and realtor fees. If after all this accounting is done for all the potential and likely cost and the numbers are in the black then you will have positive cash flow.

 

If the landlord is buying an investment property they must consider the consequences to personal income tax; if it’s a condo apartment, what rules may not allow for the rental of the unit or make living there more difficult for potential tenants (i.e. not pets allowed); if the landlord is a new home buyer, are they aware they will lose first home buyers benefits when buying their first home to live in; if buying a house to rent out, does the house meet zoning rules, municipal bylaws and health, fire and safety codes.

 

When buying an investment property the landlord needs to consider what tenants are looking for and what they will pay higher rents for.  Do you buy a turnkey situation where the condo or house is already updated or do you get affixer-upper and do renovations which will save you money on the sticker price but will cost thousands to bring to standards?  Depending on the landlords ability to do construction themselves or to get it cheaply done perhaps buying the turnkey property is more appealing.

 

How will you go about in getting a tenant?  The landlord has to consider trying to find a tenant by themselves or through the use of a real estate sales person.   If the landlord tries to rent for themselves they have to find ways of marketing their property so potential renters will find them.  The landlord will have to qualify potential tenants, do negotiations and right legal documents by themselves.  If the landlord is inexperienced they might make critical mistakes which can lead to big headaches, legal cost, time spent away from work etc…

 

 Using a realtor does cost money for their service, but on the other hand they qualify potential tenants, market the property through the realtor network by using the MLS and at the local brokerage.  They make arrangement for other realtors to show the unit to renters in the form of showings.  And finally they help the landlord with the legal paper work and negotiations.

 

Tenancy agreement

But wait! Do you need a written tenancy agreement?   The quick answer is “no”. However, the proper answer should be “yes”.  Look at it in this way.  If a problem arises which leads to having to go to court, not having a written agreement becomes harder to prove who’s right and wrong.  With a written lease clearly laid out, it should be very clear to all parties what their obligations were.

 

The tenancy agreement is therefore very important and hiring a realtor will aid in making an iron clad agreement as they would have the expertise to know what “rules” are allowed and which are not.

 

Landlord’s responsibilities

Who is responsible to maintain the unit?  The landlord is responsible to maintain the unit and ensure it’s in a good state.  This is true even if the tenant was aware of problems before they rented the unit.

 

To try and get around this some landlords put a clause stating it’s the tenant’s responsibility but the law does not see it that way.  It’s still the landlord’s obligation.

 

But, the tenant is obliged to keep the unit clean and to a standard that most people consider ordinary cleanliness.  Also, the tenant must pay for or repair damages to the unit caused by the tenant or their guests/other people living in the unit.

 

What about snow removal?   The Act generally states the property must be kept such that it can be safely entered and exited.  Failure to keep the property clear of snow might be a breach of the Act.

 

Garbage removal is a point of negotiation between the landlord and tenant.  Once an agreement is reached it cannot be changed without the consent of both parties and if the change results in less service for the tenant than a rent reduction can happen.

 

Does the landlord have to renovate the unit?  The answer is no.  The law does not force the landlord to “update” living conditions such as replacing carpet or freshly painting the walls.  The landlord is however responsible for keeping the unit safe and habitable therefore in certain circumstances, renovations might be necessary for safety reasons.

 

Entering the tenant’s unit

When can the landlord enter the tenant’s unit?  The landlord may only enter the tenant’s unit under specific circumstances.  Mostly the landlord will give the tenant 24 hours written notice, which will state the when and why they will enter.  Exceptions to giving notice are in an emergency or if the tenant agrees to allow the landlord to enter the unit.

 

Can the tenant refuse to let the landlord in after giving notice?  The Act allows the landlord this lawful right thus a refusal by the tenant can lead to the landlord giving them notice of termination and lead to the eventual eviction of the tenant.

 

If you can read through all of these questions and after answering them for yourself you are still positive about being a landlord then go for it.  If you come away y thinking that seems like too much work which you might not be willing to commit to then there are other ways to making money in real estate which might be for you.

 

Getting rid of bad tenants

What happens if you lease to a bad tenant?  There are rules to be followed and every circumstance is treated individually.  If after trying to work with your tenants to correct the “bad” situation and the circumstance continues I would recommend that you contact the Landlords and Tenants board for advice on how to deal with the situation.

 

Conclusion

Buying an investment property can at times be very profitable and very easy if the right tenant is found. A real estate agent can help you to find the investment property (for free as the seller pays the agents), place an offer for it, negotiate and prepare all necessary paperwork and walk with you through the whole process.  Realtors will also be able to help you to get qualified tenants reducing the risks of getting a bad apple, do the paper work and negotiate for a small but reasonable fee usually one half months’ rent.

 

Being a good landlord can also help you keep good tenants which means less headaches, less turnover and less time and money wasted.  Remember if you treat people with well they probably will treat you the same way back.

 

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Should You Compete In A Bidding War?

May 10, 2014 - Updated: May 10, 2014Buying Real Estate

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Some of the most dread words for a home or condo shopper to hear are: “multiple offers”.  The first thing my buyers think is… “I am not going to compete in a bidding war because I don’t want to over pay”.  That logic is pretty standard as I don’t know anyone one who willingly wants to over pay for anything.

 

Obviously people still engage in this seemingly cavalier behavior and end up winning the bidding wars despite this.  Do they have regrets?  I’m sure some do.  I’ve heard from people who felt the agent involved gave them the wrong advice and made them offer way too much money and in retrospect they could have offered less to win.

 

On the other hand perhaps some people may have the opposite feeling, one of happiness because they were the victor.  In this scenario the asking price may have been priced low and therefore the well informed buyer makes a conscious decision to give an offer higher than asking price but in reality they are still paying market value.

 

A third scenario can also be true.  Sometimes there are extraneous circumstances which prevail and the buyer has no choice.  I had a client some time ago who needed to buy an apartment next door to their own so their family can be close by for medical /safety concerns.  So they waited and waited until the neighbor finally decided to sell.  These buyers would have to decide on how important it was to own the unit next door vs. if they would have to compete in a bidding war.

 

The condo or home shopper really has to consider several things when shopping these days.  Does there budget meet the asking price of what they want or is it more realistic to find something cheaper.  How do they know their budget?  Did they get a real pre-approved mortgage or did someone ask them 3 or 4 basic questions and gave them a rough idea?  Confidence plays a huge role in a buyer’s strategy in multiple offer scenarios.

 

Many of my clients lately have been shopping at the top end of their budget.  They find homes they like but guess what other parties like the same homes too.  The thing is these clients are stretching to make an offer and are relying on negotiating the price down to be able to buy.  With all these multiple offers out there they will almost surely not be able to compete should the bidding war happen.  Now they have to look at a condo or home maybe in a different area to get the price to match or sacrifice something else.

 

Should the buyer wait until something else comes onto the market?  Maybe it does maybe it doesn’t.  I recall one time a client of mine found THE perfect condo.  They waited to see if the owner would reduce the price and before they made an offer someone else did.  They didn’t want to engage in a bidding war and lost their chance.  It’s been 3 years and they still haven’t found anything like the one they lost.  And the kicker is prices have gone up so much since then it would have been better to have at least tried to win a bidding war.

 

The usual manner for which a multiple offer is conducted is as follows.  The seller agent will inform the agents representing the buyers there is indeed multiple offers for the property.  The buyer agents are usually invited to meet at the seller agent’s office to make finally offers to the seller(s).  This is done for transparency.  The buyer agents can feel confident they are not being played because they are able to see all the agents present to make offers.  But, no one knows what the other’s offer is so the buyer is asked to bring their best offer forward.

 

After the seller is presented the offers they will discuss with their representation the merits of each offer and reach a conclusion as to which is the best offer.  The best offer is not always the one with the most money offered.  Other variables are at play such as the deposit amount which too low could mean the buyer is not as serious, the closing date may or may not be good for the seller and the clauses for finance and inspection may be waived making the deal more “firm”.

 

If you are an informed buyer and can understand you budget, need and your timetable requirements are tight then go for it.  You probably won’t have regrets afterwards.  For those who know you don’t have the budget then don’t bother wasting people’s time and energy and move on to something more realistic.  For those buyers who can “wait” years just understand prices are only going up and if you factor in the price increase over years you might be wiser to buy now.  In the end you win some and you can lose some.  But if you want to be the last man or woman standing you have to at least try.

 

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Pinnacle Grand Park 2 – Available NOW!

October 14, 2012 - Updated: April 18, 2014Buying Real Estate

 

 

    I have great news for all you out there looking to buy into the Pinnacle Grand Park 2, one of Mississauga’s hottest new condo developments.  I attended the VIP Sales Event Yesterday and I’m able to afford any of my clients the opportunity not only buy into this fabulous condo development, but also the best suites that are available.  Understand that the first phase, Pinnacle Grand Park 1 is almost SOLD OUT with only a small selection of suites available.  Now is the best time to get ownership of this first class condo development, The Pinnacle Grand Park 2!

 
“The lowest pre-construction condo fee in the Square One area.”
Eric Skicki, Realtor.

 

    For those who do not yet know about Pinnacle Grand Park, I will give you a heads up.  This project is being developed by Pinnacle International which is considered to be a leader in Canadian luxury condominiums, hotels and commercial developments.  This is the second phase being constructed in PRIME Mississauga real estate.  The construction site is located near the cross section of Burnhamthorpe Road and Grand Park Drive (between Mavis Road and Confederation Parkway).  The pre-construction advertised condo fee is $0.43, per square foot!  This is considered to be the lowest pre-construction condo fee available today.

    Through me you will get access to the best and most desirable buys for one bedroom, 1 bedroom plus a den and 2 bedroom condo units.  Remember that quantities of the best suites can and will go fast, just like in the first phase.

Contact Todd Lee, Mississauga Real Estate Agent today at:

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Semi Detached Homes, Townhomes and Condominiums – Real Estate 101

September 27, 2012 - Updated: April 18, 2014Real Estate

    In this second installment in the series of Real Estate 101 blogs I will examine the residential structures that share multiple single family dwellings.  To keep in line with the previous blog I will be answering the questions regarding: What are the different types of residential property?  What are the advantages or disadvantages? What is a Condominium?  What is the difference between a Row house and a Town house?

    If you missed the First blog, I discussed questions around detached homes and you can read it here

    Opposed to detached homes which are considered a single family dwelling that is on one plot of land, there are other types of residential property that can have multiple dwellings on one plot of land.  While there are technically many varieties available I will choose to focus my efforts on the 3 most common we would find in Mississauga:  Semi Detached Homes, Town Homes and Town Home Condominiums.

    The Semi Detached home is defined as two attached dwellings that are divided by a common vertical common wall above grade.  The semi-detached house has many advantages including separate floors for sleeping on the top floor, living on the main floor and storage in the basement.  The economic advantage to semi-detached homes lies in the fact the two dwellings share a common structural wall, meaning the builder can fit two homes on a smaller plot realizing a savings in the cost of land.  This savings is passed down to the buyer who may desire the advantages of a detached home but cannot afford one. 

    Disadvantages to the Semi detached house include lots of stairs between levels; less privacy as sounds can pass through the common wall if not properly insulated; higher risk of damage if the adjoining unit catches fire or suffers from some other disaster and less potential to modify the building because of the shared structure.

    Townhomes or Town Homes or Row Houses are all the same thing.  Defined; they are more than two attached dwellings (typically three or four) that are separated by a vertical party wall above grade.  In Mississauga you will find Townhomes having three or four floors.  Sometimes they will have a basement with two or more floors above grade, while others may have the main entrance on the second floor and a garage entrance on the first level with a walkout to the backyard.  As land became more scares in Mississauga we see more development of this style of residential structures as the use of land is more efficient.  Just like the semi detached home, the advantage of putting more living units on piece of land results in a cost savings to the builder, which in turn is realized as more affordable housing for the buyer. The most desirable units in a town house are always the end units as they resemble semi detached homes.

    Disadvantages to the Town house include:  Typically smaller sized units 900 to 1600 square feet (though some go higher than 2000 Square feet), lots of stairs between levels and lots of levels; less privacy as sounds can pass through the common wall if not properly insulated and in the case of the middle units from both sides; higher risk of damage if the adjoining units catches fire or suffers from some other disaster and less potential to modify the building because of the shared structure.  As builders can fit more units in a space vs. if they had developed only detached home, you can expect higher concentration of people, traffic, noise etc.

    There are several types of condominiums available, but for the purposes of this blog, I have chosen to focus on the most typical forms people are aware of; Condominium Townhomes and Condominium Apartments.  Before I get into the definition of a condominium I would like to address the advantages/disadvantages of apartment buildings.

    They can be built as low rise, mid rise or high rise.  This means the builder can have even more efficiency of the plot of land by having much more units to sell.  As most apartments are only one level, like the bungalow, this makes the flow through the unit very easy.  As this is the most efficient use of space, typically this structure is the most affordable for first time buyers or people without the income for a townhouse. The drawbacks to apartments are; lack of privacy as units can leak noise from neighbors above their unit, or to either side or from below.  There are usually rules for use of the common elements and even for modifying plumbing, electrical wiring and window and floor surfaces.  By laws can effect even what pets can be in the building.

    Physically the condominium townhome or condominium apartment is no different to a regular townhome or apartment buiilding.  The key to understanding condominiums is to know that it’s a legal entity (Corporation) that has a Declaration (Constitution) which contains required and optional information set out by the Condominium Act.  It also has a Description that contains plans, surveys and specifications describing the property.  The Condominium defines what a unit of the condominium is and what the common elements are via the Description.  Units can be owned exclusively, while the common elements are owned by all the unit owners as tenants in common.  Unit holders have to pay a maintenance fee or condo fee which goes to pay for the expenses of the condominium.  Click here for more about condo fees.

    Condominiums are governed by a board of directors.  They are elected by the unit holders with the exception of the first board who are appointed by the Declarant, who is usually the individual who created the Condominium.  The board has power to make, amend and repeal by-laws, which establish the condominiums internal operation and rules, which promote safety, security, welfare of the owners and the condominium property and assets and the common elements.

    An excellent example of how a condominium is better than a free hold situation can be seen in maintenance.  The average person in Canada does not put aside money for a “rainy day” should their roof leak or if the basement gets flooded.  The Condominium is required by law to calculate predicted maintenance expenses and have a reserve fund should the condominium need repairs which would be tapped into.  Furthermore, condominiums usually take care of all the landscaping, snow removal and salting of walkways, painting and maintenance of the common elements (gym rooms, pools, party rooms etc.) and cleaning of the exterior windows.  In a freehold situation, the home owner has to take care of all of those things and still may not have all the amenities to enjoy that can be found at a condominium town home or apartment.

    I hope you found this blog educational and useful.  Thank you for reading it and for more information please contact me at info@toddlee.ca. Should you need professional real estate representation I sincerely welcome your business.

By Todd Lee

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The secret to getting the best deal from new construction builders

June 23, 2012 - Updated: January 23, 2013Buying Real Estate

    If you’ve purchased from a new home or condo builder before, perhaps your experience went a little bit like this.  Some need arose from a change in life.  Maybe you graduated school and wanted to live near work, or you wanted to build that nest for the family you were planning for.  You saw a new construction sales centre or the giant sign while you were driving and decided to drop in to see what the prices were like.  As you walk into the grand entrance you were greeted by a receptionist.  She asked you if you have ever been to the sales office before and you replied no.  You’re given a form to fill out your name and contact information.  At this point you’ve already passed the point of no return and you will not get the best deal.  That’s right, filling out that information card cost you thousands of dollars because you just became the builder’s client.

    That story is played out every day of the week.  People are not just losing money, they missing out on the best floor plans and certainly are not working with sales people who have the best interest in mind for you the buyer.  What you are about to read is not really earth quaking news.  But, it’s something so simple people just don’t think about it.  Before you decide to visit a new home or condo construction sales office or fill out a registrant’s form online, you should enlist the service of a Real Estate Representative.

    This is the first and most important point.  The pre-construction sales staffs are trying to meet quotas and their loyalties lie with the builder, their employer. The Real Estate Representative you hire will work for you and have your best interests in mind. If there is a better situation for you elsewhere your representative has no problems showing you alternatives.  Also, if you have any questions about the project or status of the build you will have the Representatives direct phone number to contact any time.  If you want to contact the pre-construction sales office you will have to call during the office hours of operation which can be limiting.  In the end Ontario Real Estate Representatives follow a code and answer to the governing body called RECO should there be any violations.  You the client are always the number one priority.

    The pre-construction salespersons are focused on selling only what that builder trains them for.  When you hire a Real Estate Representative you have the advantage of that person’s real estate education, expertise and experience.   Because Real Estate Sales Representatives use MLS system every day they know the real estate market and can show you similar properties for comparison purposes.  Using their understanding of pre-construction the representative will help you understand the purchase agreements and can ask pertinent questions such as assignments, construction financing and occupancy.  If you are going to sell the property before you take possession, your Representative can help you find a buyer as the builder limits the ways you might advertise. 

    Real Estate Representatives are invited to VIP sales events by the builder because of their reputation.  At these events your Representative will have access to the best floor plans, discounts and special deals that WILL NOT BE OFFERED later on when the builder releases to the general public.  This can save the buyer thousands of dollars and allow them the advantage of picking the best property before anyone else can.  During the general release, prices are not negotiable. However, your Representative knows the fees that can be waived and negotiate on your behalf.  The final way you save money is simple…for all the great things a Real Estate Representative gives to you the buyer, you don’t pay them a single cent!  That’s right.  The Representative gets compensated by the builder and not by you the buyer.

    In summary, never go to the sales office without representation or register online.  If you do this your Real Estate Representative cannot help you. Having the assistance of the Real Estate Professional gives you the advantage of having someone in your corner when dealing with the builder and also helping you find the right property while educating you about your options in the market.  Finally, your Representative can help you get the best deals through special promotions and knowing what to negotiate out of the purchase price.  Should you be actively looking to buy Pre-Construction homes or condos in Mississauga or Brampton please contact me at info@toddlee.ca, and I will be happy to assist you.

Written by Todd Lee

Posted on 23/06/2012

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Are you a first time home buyer? Here is what you need to know.

May 18, 2012 - Updated: January 23, 2013Buying Real Estate

   

    I was once a first time home buyer and I can recall my experience to be a little overwhelming even with the help of an experienced real estate agent and mortgage specialist.  So if you feel the same way that’s perfectly normal and don’t worry, you will get through it.

    First you would want to find out what you can afford.  You need to contact your financial institution and find out how much they will lend to you as a mortgage.  Be careful not to let them pull your credit report as the more times they do, it can hurt your credit score.  I suggest acquiring your credit report yourself, it cost around 45 dollars and it does not affect your score.  Bring it with you to the meeting and they will have no reason to pull your report.  It is also important to discuss how interest rates will affect how much you will pay to the bank over time and what options you can get to pay down your mortgage faster.

    Now you have a number in mind as to how much you should be looking for. Should you buy new or pre owned?  There are good reasons to buy either way and I will summarize.  Buying new is really about being able to pick and choose how your property will look and feel like.  New home sellers usually offer a variation of styles and sizes to choose from usually in a subdivision or condo.  Then you can customize your property at a design centre usually at great cost.   New homes usually means newer and better technology and materials and more modern designs.  The potential draw backs are you don’t know your community. 

    As its new there is nowhere to drive or walk around to see your neighbours or schools etc…to get a feel of where you are living. Even after you have moved into your new home, there could still be construction going on for years, and the new home owner has to deal with dust, noise and the settleing of the new home.  There is a Tarion warrantee that helps protect the new homer for defects of the new home.  The home owner still has to take time off from work to be around for the home builder to come by and fix what is broken which may not be too convenient.  Renovations to the property usually have to wait for the home to settle or you may risk voiding warrantee.

    Resale homes offer the new home buyer many more advantages than new home sale.  Firstly the buyer can physically research the neighbourhood they are looking to buy into.  They can walk the parks; visit the schools, shopping malls and hospitals.  There is a saying in the business, location, location, location.  It’s a fact that all the most desirable places to live have already been developed.  Perhaps the new home owner prefers to live close to the city centre or to the lakeshore.  Or maybe they need to be close to the subway or GO station.  My point is buying resale can get you into a neighbourhood that is more convenient to live in and is probably a better investment for when the home owner would like to move on and want to sell.

    Outdated exteriors and interiors can be spruced up and even renovated to reflect the home owners styles and tastes…and usually cheaper than if they were to have bought a new home and customized it at the design center.  If the home owner does not like the layout, walls can be removed to create an open concept feel so long as structural elements are not ignored.  Older properties are usually larger so back yards can be used for greater entertaining or putting in a pool or deck.

    Buying resale has its draw backs too.  Dealing with renovators is not always easy. Monetary and time cost of retrofitting outdated roofs, windows, electrical, plumbing and HVAC can be expensive to make the property more efficient and able to handle new appliances etc…  But consider the purchase price of a resale home in Toronto can be easily $700,000 and the cost of retrofitting it might only be $30,000 which is only just a small fraction of the purchase price.  After the retrofit is done, think about the increase in the value of the home because of it and one can see it might not be as bad as it seems.

    Making a list of needs and prioritizing them is very important and often over looked by the first time home buyer.  I can’t stress enough how making a list can help in keeping the search for a property on track as shopping for a property can be daunting.  The first time property buyer also has many styles of homes(Detached, semi-detached, Town home, condo, bungalow and side split etc…) to choose from and from many different communities.

    I highly recommend enlisting my services because as a real estate agent it is my business to know things that the everyday person would not know about real estate.  Regardless if I’m chosen or not the agent’s job is to understand the buyer’s needs, show them appropriate listings, help the buyer to negotiate the purchase price, act as an advisor regarding any questions the buyer might have, be able to refer the buyer to lawyers and home inspectors and pretty much look after the buyers best interests.

    When viewing potential properties it is my advice to view only during the day where potential defects or problems might be more visible.  Take your time when browsing the property and follow a pattern for which to keep track of what may need to be fixed or what features might be of interest. I generally start looking at the ceiling, then move down ending at the floors.   You might do the reverse, but the point is having a system of inspection keeps things more organized and you’re less likely to miss things.

    Once the buyer has found that just right property they want to own, then preparing the offer to purchase comes next.  The realtor will provide options as to how much to offer based on their knowledge of comparable properties that have sold and which might be currently on the market.  Ultimately it’s the buyers choice as to how much to offer, but they should consider any counsel from their representative.  

    A clause is inserted to the offer of purchase that allows for an inspection to be conducted of the property before closing.  This clause may or may not be negotiated in or out but I always put it in the contract for the client’s best interest.   At the same time there might also be another clause allowing the buyer to first find suitable financing and if the buyer is not able to they can get out of the deal.  These offers can get quite complicated so I won’t get into every situation, but once again the buyer should rely on their representation for advice and clarification.  Be prepared for negotiations to go back and for several times before the acceptance of the offer to buy in accepted.  A deposit which is negotiable is required at acceptance and commonly its $5000 - $15000 where the higher the deposit is the more serious the offer.

    During the time after acceptance of the offer and the closing date, the buyer and seller has specified times to complete the clauses.  This also is a time for the buyer to meet with their lawyer who will check for any outstanding liens and verify ownership and other legal concerns are in order.  They do this at a fee for which the buyer will have to pay as part of what is known as the closing costs.  Other closing costs can be surveying cost, Title Insurance, Land Transfer Tax, Disbursements, Statement of Adjustments, Home Insurance, Mortgage application and appraisal fees and CMHC insurance premiums.

    All that’s left is to take possession at closing.  Make sure to do a final inspection of all appliances as this is the last time you will have any recourse at the vendor as the warrantee ends that day.  I hope this summary helps any of you first time home buyers and if you would like to discuss how I might be able to assist you please don’t hesitate to contact me at info@toddlee.ca or call 416-993-TLEE.

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