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    Alex Prasoulis

    Broker of Record

    iListRealEstate Inc. Brokerage

    Buying Your First Home or Condo

    There may be nothing as exciting as the purchase of your first home... the great feeling you get when the keys are handed to you and you're standing in your new living room. Getting to that point is an adventure. It can be daunting and stressful, but if you follow some simple rules, the whole experience will be a positive one for you. Below we present some tips and steps to make sure that you realize your dreams.


    Set Your Goals

    Your first task to set your goals. Buying a House in Toronto can be challenging so do your homework. Write down key elements of what kind of home do you want? in what area? with what features (schools, parks, recreational facilities, proximity to work, etc?). in what price range can you afford? make sure you review the first time home buyer program as there may be special programs for first time buyers. Answering these questions with the help of your agent will allow you to develop an effective plan for searching out that perfect home. Make sure you source out and pick a trustworthy, experienced, full time agent in order to make the process go smoothly. This is likely one of the most important steps in the process. Your agent can set you up on Listings match so that you receive new listings in the area you desire and at the price range you can afford directly from the Toronto Real Estate Board database. That way you will never miss out on a hot new listing. Your agent can also arrange all the showings on the listing you choose to see as well as negotiate the contracts on your behalf. Having an experienced agents will add a wealth of value to the process. 


    Know Your Limits

    How much can you afford to pay? The rule of thumb is that your Total Debt Service (TDS) ratio should not exceed 40% of your monthly income. You can work this out by dividing your principal, interest, property tax, heating, half of condo fees and any other monthly financial obligations such as credit card payments, car payments, etc against your gross monthly income and multiplying by 100. You will also have to factor in closing costs if your offer is successful. These will include some or all of the following: lawyers fees; land transfer tax; survey; home inspection; CMHC fees if you have a high-ratio mortgage; registration fees; compliance letters; title insurance; utility connection charges, etc. Your agent can help you with all of these details.


    Get Pre-Approved

    Nothing is more frustrating than losing an offer on a home because your financing fell through, or that your offer was conditional on getting financing approved. Get pre-approved first. We offer free pre approvals for you as part of our service. We have licensed mortgage agents and bankers with extensive knowledge of various mortgage products at our disposal which we can connect you with to get pre-approved . We will use our resources to shop fot the best mortgage rate on the market for you and guarantee to get you setup with your mortgage with no hassles.


    Start Looking

    This is the fun part. Go to open houses, or get your agent to arrange private showings of the homes you are interested in. Take notes to keep track of the homes you have visited.  If you find a home you think is the one, have your agent register an offer. At this point, the listing agent will require a deposit, which varies by area and type of property, but is usually around 5%.  The deposit will be held in the listing agent's trust account until the transaction closes, or is mutually aborted. If interest has accrued on the deposit it will be paid after closing.


    The Dance

    Negotiating is a delicate dance whereby everyone wants the best possible outcome for themselves. The vendor wants the best price they can get, while you as the buyer want the best price you can get. There will be offers and counter-offers, and if there are multiple offers on the property, it may start to resemble a feeding frenzy as agents go back and forth between their clients and the vendor. Again, know what your limit is, and how much you are prepared to go above it, if at all. Your agent will advise whether it's worth it to sweeten the pot or walk away. Ultimately, however, it's your decision.


    The Winning Offer

    Congratulations! Your offer was accepted! Now comes the closing phase, where your lawyer and the vendor's lawyer transfer title and all the paperwork necessary to put your new property into your name. As stated above you will incur closing costs so make sure those are factored in. On the closing date, the keys will be transferred from the vendor's lawyer to yours, and you can walk in to your new home and crack open the champagne.



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    Alex Prasoulis

    Broker of Record

    iListRealEstate Inc. Brokerage

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    I want to thank Alex for selling our home so quickly and over list price. Alex is all business and very thorough. You can trust Alex. His marketing skills are incredible. He brilliantly planted the sign on our lawn before the listing became active. This made local residents aware that our home was …

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    I want to thank Alex for selling our home so quickly and over list price. Alex is all business and very thorough. You can trust Alex. His marketing skills are incredible. He brilliantly planted the sign on our lawn before the listing became active. This made local residents aware that our home was available and generated even more activity. His staff are equally professional. I am recommending Alex to friends and family.

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    Hi Alex,

    It was a real pleasure to work with you on this. As you can imagine after so long in the house it was a traumatic time for us. However, you were so helpful and always kept us posted and answered any and all questions we had. It was so smooth we were able to go away on vacation and by …

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    Hi Alex,

    It was a real pleasure to work with you on this. As you can imagine after so long in the house it was a traumatic time for us. However, you were so helpful and always kept us posted and answered any and all questions we had. It was so smooth we were able to go away on vacation and by the time we returned the house had been sold! 

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

    Marie and Rocco 

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