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 are most important 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.
Galina went above and beyond to help us find our apartment. She was always quick to reply to our emails and helped us get all of the appropriate paperwork ready as quickly as possible. She was so invested in helping us get our perfect place, we felt as though she was getting it with us! We cannot thank you enough Galina.
Working with Galina was amazing. Other agents would take weeks to get back to me and she setup 3 viewings for me on the first day. She also proactively booked a viewing for another place she thought I'd be interested in which was awesome. I found a place in 3 days(!) thanks to her hard work. She walked me through the process (I wasn't used to the rental market in Toronto and it's a bit intense) and was super patient answering all of my questions. I HIGHLY recommend her and will definitely reach out in the future if I decide to move again.
We couldn't have been happier with our experience with Blue Elephant! Their marketing was absolutely incredible and they use all the latest technology. We were able to schedule showings - and sign all of the paperwork - electronically which was a huge bonus as we had moved internationally!
I have used Blue Elephant Realty for the past few years with amazing success. I have never met a more caring, knowledgeable, and hard working group of real estate professionals before. From start to finish they made the process of buying and selling my home easy. Thanks Blue Elephant!
I have used many realtors in the past and the service provided by the Blue Elephant Team was simply second to none. My home was sold the day it was listed and Blue Elephant handled every single aspect that followed. Great Great company and a pleasure to deal with.
Most people just get on a website like mine and start shopping before they even know what goes into buying a home. 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 make sure that you get the properties that you’re interested delivered to your inbox the second they hit the market. This is 24/48 hours faster than if you were to see listings on Realtor.ca or most other Realtor’s websites! We’re trying to make buying real estate easier for you. 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 and you are ready to celebrate buying your new home!