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    Leslie Powers

    Sales Representative

    iPro Realty Brokerage Ltd.

    Whether you're a first time buyer or seasoned home owner, purchasing a house can be stressful and time consuming. Know that I work with you every step of the way to give you piece of mind and make the experience simple and fun.  From providing expert advise during negotiations to offering recommendations on mortgage brokers, lawyers, insurance providers, home inspectors and experienced, first-rate local trades people, I promise the outcome exceeds your expectations.


    STEP 1 – Deciding to Buy

    Before you start your search with me, take some time to decide on the preferred area for your new home. Then think about how many bedrooms and bathrooms are essential. Do you want a finished basement 2-car garage, pool, large fenced lot, and any other key features that are important to you. Once you narrowed down your wish list, it's time for us to start our search.


    STEP 2 – Finances

    Schedule a meeting with your mortgage broker or bank representative so you know exactly how much you can comfortably spend on a house and how much you can carry on your monthly mortgage. Canada’s federal financial regulator introduced tighter lending measures on January 1. 2018 so borrowing guidelines have significantly changed. Now borrowers with a down payment of 20% or even more have to face a stress test and this can affect your borrowing power.


    STEP 3 – Start Looking

    Now you're ready to start shopping! I'll input your property criteria into a database and you will be automatically emailed new listings as they come on MLS. But, you can also search for houses on your own by checking websites like realtor.ca, zoocasa.com and homefinder.ca, search local newspaper listings, or even drop by weekend open houses. Looking for houses can be really fun and exciting! You can browse listings using the smart listings search on my website, click here.


    STEP 4 – Make an Offer

    Once we've found your perfect house, it’s time to make an offer. Not all offers are the same and here’s where I come in to negotiate specific terms and conditions that will be specified in the offer. Beyond the  price you want to pay, I include conditions to the purchase like financing, home inspection, insurance, etc. , and other items like inclusions and exclusions. It's not only about the price of the house but you have to carefully look at the other details included in this sale that are important to you like the appliances, chandeliers, or even minor renovations can also be part of the deal. Shorter or longer closing dates can also be specified in the offer.

    If there's something in the offer that doesn’t satisfy the seller, counter offers or negotiations can also be presented to help get a price that you think is fair.


    STEP 5 – Close the Sale

    There will be closing costs associated with the sale that need to be paid either by or on the closing date. This can include your legals fees, inspections, land transfer tax, but that’s taken care of, you get your new house.


    Congrats and welcome to your new home! You’re all ready to move in!

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