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Steps To Buy A Home For The First Time Home Buyer in Canada

Jay is a buying agent with Macdonald Realty in downtown Vancouver. He writes about real estate at JayMcInnes.com and also runs CrosstownCondos.com.

Buying First Home In Canada

Buying a First Home can be a very stressful & scary time for most Canadians. This article will be outlining the step-by-step First Time Home Buying process I work through with my clients.

As a Real Estate Specialist my goal is to provide First Time Home Buyers with the most qualified information possible. I enable you to purchase with ease and have full understanding of the process you have to go through by shining a light on every aspect of the deal. I do this so you expect the next step of the process and are not surprised by it.

Jay McInnes is a realtor with Macdonald Realty in downtown Vancouver

Jay McInnes is a realtor with Macdonald Realty in downtown Vancouver

Through positive feedback I have found this step-by-step outline to be very beneficial to First Time Home Buyers. This is an outline that is looked at as the “Buyers (things to do) Checklist” from the beginning to the end of the process. I have outlined these tasks in this order so each mandatory step is completed before the next. It is a process of elimination with the goal of turning the First Time Home Buyer into a successful First Time Home Owner!

1) Getting Ready

  • Review Purchasing Costs
  • Property Transfer Tax (1% of the 1st $200K & 2% on the balance)
  • G.S.T / H.S.T (only on new property)
  • Legal Fees (Notary Public / Lawyer)
  • Home Inspection (if applicable)
  • High Ratio Mortgage Premium (only if borrowing over 80% of the purchase price)
  • Deposit (minimum 5% & forms part of the purchase price)
  • Review First Time Buyer Savings
  • R.R.S.P tax free withdraw (up to 25K per person)
  • Property Transfer Tax Rebate (No P.T.T under $425K)

2) Get Set

  • Define your Search Criteria
  • Needs Vs. Wants analysis
  • Neighborhood analysis (likes & dislikes)
  • Become an expert
  • Determine what your budget will get you in your neighborhood of choice
  • View property details from listings in your neighborhood of choice
  • Tour open houses of qualified homes
  • Through process of elimination determine what home(s) interest you the most

3) Go

  • Make an offer
  • Draft Contract of Purchase & Sale
  • Determine Price, Possession date & Completion Date
  • Determine Subjects (usual subjects: Inspection, Financing & Strata Paperwork)
  • Submit Offer (with Expiry time and date)
  • Sellers Options (Accept, Counter or let expire)
  • Once offer is accepted
  • Work through & remove all Subjects
  • Place deposit check into the Trust Account of your Realtors Brokerage (Bank Draft)

4) Congratulations

  • Select Notary Public / Lawyer
  • Prepare for the move

This First Time Home Buying outline will be altered slightly depending on the product being purchased (House or Condo). However the basic outline that you see above is the foundation of the home search needed to get you “the buyer” into the home that works best for your needs.

For any further information or details on the process please don’t hesitate to contact Jay via email at [email protected] or by phone at 604-771-4606.

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