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PURCHASING A HOME:
We make the entire process really easy!
If you’re like most Canadians purchasing a home is likely the biggest financial decision you may ever make. With it comes a tremendous responsibility and the largest debt you will probably ever carry. The good news is that your home and mortgage can also provide you with the greatest growth potential of any asset you will own. Click here to get your Home Buying Step By Step Guide!
Important Steps to Follow When Purchasing a Home:
Step 1: Mortgage Pre-approval: Obtaining a pre-approval tells you exactly how much you can afford and guarantees your rate for up to 180 days. Now, you can buy a home with the confidence of knowing you qualify. It also shows the vendor you are serious about buying the home and keeps you several steps ahead of others in the market. It can be very disappointing if after you find your dream home, you discover that you don’t qualify for the mortgage.
Benefits of a Pre-Approval:
- Find out exactly how much you qualify for and what documentation will be required.
- Secure a guaranteed rate hold – if the rates go down, you get the lower rate, and if rates go up your protected!
- Find out exactly what your credit score is at.
- Find out what you need to do next time if you don’t qualify right now.
Step 2: Preparation: Now that you know your price range, you can begin the search. First, make a Checklist of your needs the home will fulfill, such as: type of home, type of ownership, location, inside and outside features, condition, and other matters such as property tax levels, etc. At this time, you should decide on a lawyer so that he/she will be ready to check all legal documents to ensure your interests are protected.
Step 3: Search For A House & Agent: With your pre-approval, personalized needs checklist, and lawyer at hand, you are ready to start looking at properties. At this time, it is important to find yourself a real estate agent to help you find the home of your drams. The real estate agents have a lot of information readily available for sale and the current selling prices. They can help you fine tune your personalized needs checklist; explaining the types of property and ownership, recommending neighborhoods, pointing out inside and outside features, and condition of a particular property.
The agent also is skilled at preparing the paperwork involved in making an offer to purchase and closing the sale (your lawyer will be handy here to review any offers). Make sure that you communicate your needs clearly, as you are responsible for all decisions. Choosing the right agent is important for you as you are placing a lot of trust on them to help you with your purchase. Ask friends and relatives if they could recommend someone. Chances are, if they are recommending them, there was something about the level of service and commitment they received from them.
Once you have found the right home, visit it at least twice, once in the daylight and once at night, and have your needs checklist with you.
Watch CMHC’s video on advice for buying your home.
ATTENTION FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS: First time home buyers may eligible for a 15% income tax credit on a maximum of $5,000 of home purchase costs (e.g. legal fees, land transfer taxes) representing a tax relief of $750. The tax credit is applicable to first-time home buyers purchasing a home with a closing date after January 27, 2009. For more information visit the Canada Revenue Agency site.
At F1RST CHO1CE Mortgage Solutions we’re passionate about sharing our knowledge, experience and unbiased opinions with borrowers who are looking for a trusted advisor to help them with their financing options.
ANY QUESTIONS?…Contact a Mortgage Advisor today!