So you’ve decided to buy a house or condo with the BREL team…don’t worry, you’re in good hands. Below you’ll find some really important information that will help you through the process.
Important Legal Agreements (in Plain English)
There’s a lot of legal jargon in the ‘official’ agreements, so if you aren’t a lawyer, take the time to familiarize yourself with the documents in plain English before it’s time to sign on the dotted line:
Buyer Representation Agreement – this is the document where you agree that Sage Real Estate and the BREL team will represent you
Agreement of Purchase and Sale (Houses) – the offer in plain English (for houses)
Agreement of Purchase and Sale (Condos) – the offer in plain English (for condos)
Working with a Realtor – this explains the various ways REALTORS can represent Sellers and Buyers
All That Paperwork
There are a lot of documents involved in buying a home and we strive to be as paperless as possible. We’ll be inviting you to an online document sharing cloud service called Docusign Transaction Rooms (formerly Cartavi), where you’ll be able to access all the documents about your purchase (and create a zip file of them all at closing time). Docusign TR is completely confidential and safe. It also allows us to share relevant documents with your banker and your lawyer and eliminate back-and-forth scanning, e-mailing and faxing.
We may also be signing some documents electronically with Docusign. If you’d rather use pen and paper, that’s OK – but many of our clients enjoy the simplicity of electronic signing (no faxes, no scanning, no running to Kinkos).
Your House Search
You’ll be receiving new listings of properties that match what you’re looking for every day in your inbox. If you want more flexibility in your search, then sign up for the search tool on our website – it’s updated from the MLS every 2 hours and it’s an easy way to explore new neighbourhoods and price ranges.
When we’re out and about house-hunting, you’ll have the option to use one of our iPad Minis to record your opinions, photos and video of the properties we see. We use Evernote to store everything, so if you have an Evernote account, you’ll be able to access your home search from anywhere.
Essential Reading List for Buyers
- 10 Things to Know about Old Toronto Houses
- What to Look for When Buying a Condo in Toronto
- How to Read an MLS Listing
- Top 10 House-Hunting Tips
- Toronto Real Estate Neighbourhood Maps
Making an Offer
- Making an Offer – What to Expect
- The Financing Condition
- The Home Inspection Condition
- Bidding War Basics
- How to Win a Bidding War
- Bully Offers
Closing on Your New Home
- Next Steps Once Your Offer is Accepted
- Closing Costs
- Home Insurance Info for Buyers
- How to Move without Getting a Divorce
Help! The BREL Concierge
We know that moving is a pain, and we’re here to help. Our assistant is available to help you not sweat the small stuff – from waiting for the cable guy to picking up moving boxes to whatever tasks your overworked-self can dream up. Bring it on!
The #1 place to go to get inspired is www.Houzz.com (or better yet download the iPhone/Android apps and obsess from anywhere).
We’ve also compiled a list of our favourite resources on our People We Trust page.
Furniture & Stuff
Who wants empty rooms? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite furniture stores in Toronto.
We’ve also put together a list of where to bring all the stuff the you don’t want to move into your new home.