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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How many homes should I look at before I buy?
  • What should I tell my agent about homes we look at?
  • What should I ask about each home that I tour?
  • How many bedrooms do I need?
  • When do I need to start packing?
  • When I start visiting homes, what should I look for?
  • How do I know for sure how much home I can afford?
  • What is my role in the selling process?
  • What are the dangers if I overprice?
  • What is the best approach to pricing my home?
  • How do I negotiate?
  • When do I need to start packing?
  • Do I have to disclose information about my house?
  • Where do buyers come from?

Answer:

There is no set number of homes you should look at before you decide to make an offer for one. That’s why providing your agent with as many details as possible up front is so helpful. The perfect home may be waiting for you on your first visit! Even if it isn’t, the house-hunting process will help you get a feeling for the homes in each community and narrow your choices to a few that are worth a second look. Sometimes seeing many houses can become confusing! An excellent way to differentiate each home is to name it! Call it the “cat house” if there were several cats, or the “deck house” if the main feature is the deck. This will make it easier to remember and to reach a decision.

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Open communication is critical. Tell your Realtor® everything you liked AND, more importantly, didn’t like about each home that you see. After all, YOU are their client and they are working for you. Don’t be shy about talking about a home’s shortcomings. Is the home too small for your needs? Let your agent know. Was the home perfect except for the carpeting? Let your agent know that, too. The more open and descriptive you are, the easier it is for your Realtor® to “zero in” and find a home you’ll love... To find a house that feels like home!

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As a rule of thumb, ask any questions you have about specific rooms, features, or functions. Pay particular attention to areas that you feel could become “problems,” such as additions, defects, or areas that have been repaired. Take note of the age of the heating system and roof; the type of windows; the state of the foundation; and the amperage of the electrical system, etc. And, above all, if you don’t feel your questions have been answered, ask until you do understand and are satisfied. In most cases, your real estate agent will be able to provide you with detailed information about each home you see. We will provide you with worksheets to note room sizes, features that need a second look and other comments.

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Whether you are married, or have kids, spare bedrooms come in handy when family and friends come to stay. When you’re not entertaining guests, extra bedrooms are useful as a library, den, or TV room. Another good reason to choose a home with extra bedrooms is the extra space will make your home more appealing to a larger number of interested buyers when it comes time to sell.

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MOVING DAY MINUS
SIX WEEKS

Get estimates from moving companies or truck rentals if you move yourself. Plan ahead if moving in peak season of June-September. 

MOVING DAY MINUS
FIVE WEEKS

Select moving company, confirm moving date and decide who will pack you, professionals or yourself. Paid packers typically come the day before moving day. 

Start do-it-yourself packing: seldom used dishes, glassware, books, off-season clothes, workshop, garage tools, hobby equipment, etc.

MOVING DAY MINUS
TWO WEEKS

Start packing often-used belongings.

MOVING DAY MINUS
ONE WEEK

Pack everything in kitchen you can do without until you unpack at new home.

MOVING DAY MINUS
ONE DAY

Finish packing kitchen things.

Pack suitcase with personal belongings to use until moving truck arrives at new home.

Mark boxes (coloured stickers are ideal) for room placement in the new house. Check inventory carefully. 

Pack “CARE” carton of essentials (toiletries, canned and dry food, can opener, light bulbs, trash bags, sauce pan, etc.) to be loaded last and unloaded first.

MOVING DAY!

Strip beds.

Load last minute items in car.

Be available to movers for questions/suggestions, but don’t try to supervise the van packing. Be sure movers know how to contact you en route. Give them a map to the new home.

Check rooms, cupboards,  closets, drawers, dishwasher, washer, dryer.

Answer:

The house or condo you ultimately choose to call home will play a major role in your family’s life. A home can be an excellent investment, of course,but more importantly, it should fit the way you really live, with space and features that appeal to everyone in the family. As you look at each home, pay close attention to these important considerations...

  • Is there enough room for you now and in thenear future?
  • Is the floor plan right for your family?
  • Is there enough storage space?
  • Will you have to replace the appliances?
  • Is the yard the size you want?
  • If it’s a condo, is there good security? Is the maintenance fund sound? What’s the view like?
  • Are there enough bathrooms?
  • How much renovating and/or decorating will you need to do right away... Or within the first 2-3 years?
  • In what condition are the “guts” of the house, such as the furnace, the wiring, the plumbing, the foundation, or the roof?

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Affordability is probably the single biggest concern of today’s first-time home buyers. Given the wide range of media coverage regularly devoted to the issue, it’s not surprising that many young people wonder how long it will take before they can afford their first homes. Don’t sell yourself short. Talk to your Realtor®. As real estate consultants, they are committed to honestly and responsibly working with you to determine your affordable price range. There are many financing options available today and some include low down payments. Find an option that fits your budget and you may be surprised at just how much home you can afford.

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You Are the Key Player on the Home selling Team. No one has a more important role in the home selling process than you.Here are some ways your participation can contribute to a successful sale.

  • Ensure that the house is
    easily accessible to real estate professionals.
  • Try to be flexible in the scheduling of showings.
  • When you are not at home, let us know how you can be reached in case an offer is received.
  • If approached directly by a buyer who is not represented by a real estate professional, please contact us. Do not allow them into the property unescorted.
  • Remove or lock up valuables, jewelry, cash and prescription medications.
  • If possible, do not be present when the property is being shown.
  • Securely pen up pets, or take them with you.
  • Be cautious about saying anything to buyers or their sales professionals that could weaken your negotiating position, especially regarding price or your urgency to sell.
  • Let us know of any change in the property’s condition that would need to be disclosed to potential buyers.
  • Be available to review with us the list price and condition of your property if it has not sold in a reasonable period of time.
  • Maintain the property in ready-to-show condition.

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1) You won’t attract offers without leaving room for negotiations. If a buyer views your property, they might not make an offer if negotiations won’t bring them within an acceptable price range. Also, reasonable offers will seem too “low ball” and the buyer might not insult you with one.

2) A long period on the market will leave buyers wary. As the home doesn’t sell due to its overpriced status, buyers will be convinced there are other defects or reasons the home hasn’t sold. Statistically, the longer a home is on the market, the greater the likelihood low ball offers will be received.

3) You will miss the burst of initial market activity. When a new home enters the market, a great number of buyers receive an immediate email. Homes priced beyond their range, or the expected range of the neighbourhood, will miss the initial flurry and those potential buyers.

Answer:

1) Thorough understanding of your neighbourhood, your location
in your community, and your community amenities.

2) Research recently sold homes and their final selling prices.

3) Research currently listed homes and their asking prices.

4) Analysis to differentiate these homes from yours and make relevant price adjustments.

Answer:

  • Explain the offer to you and answer your questions.
  • Help you determine the best course of action by pointing out potential advantages and disadvantages of the offer and clarifying the choices available to you.
    to you.
  • Prepare an Estimate of Net Proceeds based on the proposed price and terms.
  • Negotiate through the buyer’s agent and handle possible counter-offers to reach a final agreement.
  • Help you locate a new home
    if remaining in this area or refer you to a trusted agent if you are relocating.

Answer:

MOVING DAY MINUS
SIX WEEKS

Get estimates from moving companies or truck rentals if you move yourself. Plan ahead if moving in peak season of June-September. 

MOVING DAY MINUS
FIVE WEEKS

Select moving company, confirm moving date and decide who will pack you, professionals or yourself. Paid packers typically come the day before moving day. 

Start do-it-yourself packing: seldom used dishes, glassware, books, off-season clothes, workshop, garage tools, hobby equipment, etc.

MOVING DAY MINUS
TWO WEEKS

Start packing often-used belongings.

MOVING DAY MINUS
ONE WEEK

Pack everything in kitchen you can do without until you unpack at new home.

MOVING DAY MINUS
ONE DAY

Finish packing kitchen things.

Pack suitcase with personal belongings to use until moving truck arrives at new home.

Mark boxes (coloured stickers are ideal) for room placement in the new house. Check inventory carefully. 

Pack “CARE” carton of essentials (toiletries, canned and dry food, can opener, light bulbs, trash bags, sauce pan, etc.) to be loaded last and unloaded first.

MOVING DAY!

Strip beds.

Load last minute items in car.

Be available to movers for questions/suggestions, but don’t try to supervise the van packing. Be sure movers know how to contact you en route. Give them a map to the new home.

Check rooms, cupboards,  closets, drawers, dishwasher, washer, dryer.

Answer:

Let us know of any change in the property’s condition that would need to be disclosed to potential buyers.

Answer:

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