The most important service that any serious buyer can sign up for is automatic property updates. It allows you to get access to listings days before Realtor.ca and makes sure that you don't miss out on the properties that matter most to you.
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The most important thing you can do as a potential buyer is prepare yourself for what will likely be the largest financial decision you make in your life. Our Buyers Guide is free to download, and takes you through the steps of the buying process.
Jenna De Lisa was a pleasure to work with on the sale of our home. She is very professional, knowledgeable and strategic. We felt like we were in very capable hands throughout the entire process. She was always quick to respond to emails or phone calls and we always felt like she was working hard to get us the best price for our home (which she did!). There were times where we felt she went over and above to provide us with the best service. I would strongly recommend Jenna to anyone who is looking for real estate services.
I can’t recommend working with Gregg Pearce enough. I was relocated with very little notice to Toronto for work and was fortunate enough to come in contact with him. He was so accommodating and helpful. He worked with my short-notice schedule, answered all my questions without complaint, and helped me find a great condo in less than a week! He made the entire process easy, stressless and was extremely cooperative and friendly. Highly recommend to anyone looking for real estate services!
I'll start by saying: Gregg is awesome! My wife and I were in the market for a condo downtown past summer and Gregg went above and beyond to accomodate us. He was readily available whenever we need him to look into a condo or get us details on prospects. Even at random times during the weekend. We felt bad for bugging him on weekends but he was there for us! Very personable, friendly, and he really does go above and beyond for his clients. I have and will recommend Gregg and his team to anyone looking to buy or sell in Toronto!
Loved it - is an understatement. If you're after a team of people who genuinely have YOUR interests at heart and really LISTEN to what you need then look no further than Blue Elephant Realty. Gregg & Jenna were fantastic in helping me find a unit...quickly!!! From setting up a daily email feed of properties that match my needs, showing apartments on Sundays, taking care of all the paperwork and responding efficiently to all of my questions and concerns. These two truly are the dream team! Look no further!
Most people just get on a website like mine and start shopping before they even know what goes into buying a property. The more you know about what you are doing the better experience you will have. Input your email below to download our guide.
A Realtor is so much more than someone who just takes you in showings. The true strength of a Realtor is in the additional value that they bring to the table. Your Realtor should introduce you to the best mortgage broker, lawyer, moving company etc. Your Realtor should know the neighbourhood that you are looking at inside and out. Your Realtor should be an expert negotiator and provide insight into how much you should spend on a particular property.
The biggest mistake that most buyers make is going online and using a "what can I afford" calculator to determine their budget. The first step that every buyer should take when purchasing a property is to sit down with a mortgage professional (not your part time cousin) to determine how much you can afford.
The city is a big place with a lot of properties. The more you focus the better chance you have of finding the best property for the best value. If you try to look in too many places it's like finding a needle in a haystack and ultimately it will leave you frustrated.
Of course we all want a west facing property with views of the city, a massive balcony, split bedrooms and a massive kitchen island. The reality is if you include too many wants in your search you may be left on the sidelines for a long time. Make sure to properly balance your wants vs needs and be realistic about what's available.
NOW you can start your property search, and every serious buyer needs to be getting automatic property updates. It's a crazy competitive market out there right now and buyers need every advantage they can get. Our automatic property updates services makes sure that you get the properties that Blue Elephant Realtyer most to you delivered to your inbox the second they hit the market. This is 24/48 hours faster than you will see listings on Realtor.ca or most other Realtor's websites! You can sign up in a couple of seconds by clicking the button below.
Once you find the perfect place you need to move fast! We don't ever rush our clients, but if you have properly prepared it won't feel rushed. We know how hard it is to find amazing places and we simply want our clients to have them! When making an offer your Realtor will protect your best interests by including conditions with the offer and negotiating with a maximum price in mind to ensure you don't overpay or go past your comfort level.
Once an offer is accepted (even before it goes "firm") you typically have 24 hours to deliver the deposit check to the seller. The deposit amount is negotiated during the offer process but it is typically 5% of the purchase price. If you deliver the check even 1 minute more than 24 hours, the deal is technically void. Moving money isn't always fast so make sure to have your deposit prepared in advance.
If your offer contained conditions like a finance condition, you have a specific amount of time to "waive" the conditions or the deal will become null and void and your deposit will be returned to you. If you waive the conditions, the deal becomes "firm" a and you are obligated to now close on the property. Neither side can back out at this point.
Your lawyer and mortgage broker will set up meetings with you for a couple of days before closing to sign off on the final documents. At this point your job is to book the movers and get your finances in order. The lawyer will let you know exactly how much you need to bring with you when you meet, but it will include the remained of your downpayment, land transfer tax and legal fees. Once you have done that, you get the keys to your awesome new property!