Step 1: Get your mortgage Pre-Approved.
Contact your lending institution to find out how much you can be pre-approved for before spending time hunting for your new home. Remember to ask the lending institution for a commitment letter with the details of your pre-approval. Also , remember that the closing date of your purchase needs to be within the period for which you are pre-approved. During the pre-approval process you will fill out an application stating your assets and liabilities , income , and other personal information. You will also be required to provide income confirmation (usually with a letter from your employer and a pay stub with year-to-date figures). Finally , you will be required to provide written confirmation of your down payment. This may be satisfied by a bank statement showing the source of down payment funds or statements of investments (stocks , bonds , etc.).
Step 2: Find a suitable property.
Choose the location where you would like to live and then let me do the work of finding available listings. In order to help you with your search , Kim will pay you a visit and show you listings on his laptop computer that meet your requirements. Go out and have some fun! Finding a new home should be an exciting time in your life. Whether you are looking for your first home or a cozy spot to retire , shopping for a new home should be an exhilarating experience. Having the right information can make home shopping so much easier.
Step 3: Make an offer.
After searching a bit and finding a home that meets your needs , you will want to make an offer. Hopefully , you have seen a few comparable homes and are able to determine if the asking price is reasonable. I will assist you with this , negotiating the price on your behalf. Once you have decided on a price , I will write an offer and present it to the seller. The offer will be in the form of a purchase contract that includes subject clauses allowing you to cancel the offer in the event the subject clauses are not satisfied. In the offer , you will stipulate a time frame that the seller has to accept or to counter your offer. If the seller counters , you may accept the new price or reject it and counter again. Eventually you will settle on a price that is accepted by both parties. At this stage , once both parties settle on a mutually agreed price , a five percent deposit will be given INTRUST to Re/Max Central. This is an old practice derived from English Tort Law. Once the offer is accepted , I will send a copy to your lending institution. The lender will review the offer to ensure that the amount corresponds with your pre-approval. The lender will also perform an appraisal of the property to ensure that its market value is fair relative to the purchase price. (Note , I strongly advise that the home be inspected by a professional inspector with the proper credentials.) This will provide you a thorough study of the property in terms of structural integrity as well as any other necessary repairs required. I can help you arrange this.) Once the appraisal has been done and approved by your lender , you will get a written confirmation of the approval of your mortgage. Assuming you are satisfied that all subject clauses have been met , you will remove your subject clauses from the offer and the offer becomes a contract that is firm and binding. When all documentation has been arranged on your mortgage approval , the lender will send mortgage documents to your lawyer. Your lawyer will then do the appropriate title searches and prepare documents to register the mortgage and to transfer title of the property to you. Approximately one week prior to your closing date , you will be asked to go to your lawyer's office with your down payment and any associated closing fees (less any deposits made). These amounts ate to be paid with a certified cheque. You will sign all mortgage documentation at this time and your lawyer will then transfer title of the property to you on the closing date.
Step 4: Congratulate yourself!
You made it! You are now the owner of a new home! Start making plans to move in. If you need help selling your current property , you can list it with Kim Cheng!
Detached property: fire insurance must be purchased prior to completion of the sale as a condition of mortgage funding , but only applies if the buyer is getting a mortgage. Fire insurance is still recommended in all cash purchases. Content and other various types of insurance may be acquired at the buyer's discretion. Strata property (condominiums , apartments , town homes , etc.): fire insurance is included in the monthly maintenance fees. Buyers need only obtain content insurance or various additional insurance at their own discretion.
Court Ordered Sales
Court ordered sales usually come about as the result of bank foreclosure or divorce. When property is ordered for sale by a court , this may provide an opportunity to purchase at a discounted price. If the seller is a bank or another type of mortgage lender , they may know nothing about the condition of the property. Thus , generally you are buying the property in "as is" condition. Be aware that the seller may not offer any kind of warranty and that the possession date may be postponed if the property is occupied. When you are buying a property that has been ordered for sale by a court , the most important thing to remember is to be realistic. It is important to keep in mind that the property may not be as good a deal as it initially seems. Additional , the court proceedings may dictate that the property is sold to a buyer who makes an offer higher than yours , even if your offer has been accepted by the seller (Bank).
The procedure is as follows:
- The buyer makes an offer that may include subject clauses and conditions negotiated with the seller.
- Once the offer becomes firm and binding , the seller presents the offer to their lawyer in order to set a court date for the court to approve the sale.
- While waiting for court approval , other buyers may continue to submit unconditional offers. These offers can be made directly to the judge and are made without going through the listing agent. The process is similar to a silent auction.
- On the day of approval by the court , the original offer is posted at the court for the public to view. All other offers must be higher than the original offer.
- During the proceedings , the buyer should be prepared for competing offers. Upon discovering that there are higher offers , the original buyer may present additional offers to the judge.
- The court approves the bidder with the highest offer and this party becomes the new owner of the property.
The process sounds somewhat daunting and it can be. However , it can also be very exciting. My experience in court ordered sales can help you navigate the process as efficiently as possible. Additionally , my expertise can provide you with information you may not know how to get on your own. Federal Government Incentives 95% Ratio Program All buyers automatically qualify for 95% financing whether they are repeat or first time buyers. (Note , there are exceptions to this program. The home must be owner occupied and the purchase price cannot exceed $350 , 000 in the Vancouver Lower Mainland. The ceiling price may vary in outlying areas.)
First Time Buyer's RRSP Withdrawal
First time home buyers are permitted to withdraw as much as $20 , 000 per person from their RRSPs towards the down payment of a home (bypassing the usual tax implications of redeeming RRSPs). The amount withdrawn must be paid back into the respective RRSPs over the next fifteen years in an amount not less than 1/15th per year. For more details on this program , please refer to Canada Customs and Revenue Agency's Home Buyers Plan booklet (available from any Canada Customs and Revenue Agency office).