How To Have The Advantage When Buying a Home in London Ontario

If thinking or you are buying a home in London Ontario, did you know  that in some of the top neighbourhoods in London Ontario, some homes are selling in a day or two , (for asking price or even 10-18% more) and in some cases, the seller has jacked up the price to try to take advantage of this seller’s market?

Buying a house London Ontario

   Here are some very,very important questions you may want answered before you make a decision before buying a home in London Ontario.

  • What is the property really worth in today’s market?
  • What is the property worth in a normal market?
  • Will it be worth what you paid 5 years from now? (Don’t guess on this one or apply uninformed confidence that it will)
  • How flexible is the seller on closing date?
  • Will there be multiple offers?
  • If there are multiple offers and I have to go in with no conditions, what’s wrong  or could be with the property? (extremely important)

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Did you know you may NOT be seeing all homes for sale with the email notifications from the various home search websites you are registered with? We have access to properties for sale that are not listed for sale on MLS. (Home owners have asked us to help them sell, but there’s a few days lag time before they are searchable on MLS or they are doing a few bits of tidying up.

How about  a process that puts you in the driver’s seat? We like to take the time (which will save you many hours later and frustration)  to understand your individual needs by creating a personalised “property profile”.  We have an extensive network of contacts that clients have said have saved them  days and even weeks of searching.

Our contacts open doors .

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Buying a home in London Ontario and area is usually the most expensive purchase you will make in your life and it’s not something you do every day of the week (unless you are like myself & our partners, we do it everyday, 7 days a week!).

Our past clients have found that our inovative Dedicated Buyer Program provides them with an objective and unbiased view of the property’s true worth and helps remove the emotion from the buying process. This coupled with expert negotiation skills allows our clients  to save thousands of dollars and in mostcases, quite a few problems. Remember:

  Price is what you pay, value is what you get” Warren Buffet

Again, when you engage in our Dedicated Home Buyer Program, we take the time up front to understand your needs, reviewing your criteria and designing a strategy to meet your goals. We then , ( at no cost to you, we only get renumerated AFTER you have successfully taken possession of your home) undertake an extensive research to match your purchasing criteria with properties for sale. We even have have access to many properties that may never appear on the open market (sometimes called “exclusive listings” or “pocket listings”).

Our full search service includes:

  • Initial consultation to listen to your wants, dislikes, must have’s and would like to have
  • Unprecedented  market research tools that most other companies have never even heard about.
  • Discretion, confidentiality and our work ethic.
  • Access to our support services such as  legal, home inspection, movers, trades people, property management etc.
  • We are never too busy because when you work with us as a buyer, not only will you have a professional experienced Realtor to help you ( extensive training and work ethics), we have a closing coordinator, three office administrators, an inside sales associate and a marketing specialist.
  • We all follow this great quote from Jack Bergman:  There never is enough time to do it right, but there is always enough time to do it over!”
  • Why not check us out?

Forgetting Anything When Buying a London Ontario Home?

Is there anything you are forgetting when buying a  London Ontario Home?

Buying a home, things to think about

I know that when I meet buyers for the first time, be it first time buyers or 5th time buyers and we go through a checklist of the buying process, I hear this statement all the time; “You know, I never  thought of that!”

  • How much exactly have you been preapproved for a mortgage, is it in writing and at what rate and is that rate guaranteed and for how long?

  • What lawyer are you going to use? Do they specialize in real estate and what is their fee, not just their real estate fee but their disbursements! (You would be surprised of the stories I hear where that low fee did not turn out to be low! Yes, the fee was low, but additional charges such as filing fees, record keeping, and blah and blah fees add up!) Get it in writing; they are lawyers, which would be their advice to you!

  • When working with a Realtor, do you have to sign a buyer agency contract? Not sure or what is Buyer Agency? Have your Realtor explain buyer agency to you and if they insist you sign one before showing any homes, fully understand what you are signing and how long you are committed to that Realtor.  In most cases you don’t and won’t mind being committed, but what if your relationship is not working out!?Be very careful!

  • What about a home inspection? Do not leave that to chance or google the least expensive inspector on the web. Home inspectors in Ontario are not regulated and would you trust hundreds of thousands of dollars for a home inspection to save $100 or $200?. A few tips.

Those 4 are the more common misunderstood steps in the buying process  that home buyers have, and, the most expensive!

 Buying a home is the easy part, it is the lack of details, lack of information or the lack of experienced professionals to help you that will make you toss and turn at night.

How To Prevent Overpaying For a London Ontario House

Overpaying for real estate in London Ontario over the past few months is occurring more often than not and I have heard the following statements from buyers and Realtors.

happy buyers

 

  • “There is nothing I can do about it”.
  • “That’s just the way the real estate market is right now.”
  • “There is nothing else out there”

Really?

Learned helplessness is a condition in which a buyer adapts to the scarcity mindset, the fear of loss and instant gratification and overpays for a house in London Ontario and feel that there is nothing they can do about it and that the acceptance of their offer is totally out of their control.

Yes, the real estate market in London Ontario is vibrant and as a Realtor, that is quite positive yet the consequences of overzealous buyers and their representatives actions will have a negative effect , as history has proven over and over that the axiom “What goes up must come down”, holds true.

As a home buyer in London Ontario, you have choices and there are strategies you can take to ensure you do not over pay and get caught up in the frenzy.

 You cannot ever overpay with the research and the facts we provide to our clients!

Finding a Home To Buy In London Ontario Should Not Be a Puzzle

  Finding a Home in London Ontario Should Not Be A Puzzle!

If I brought you in a room and in a pile on a table in that room was a 1200 piece jigsaw puzzle with no picture of the completed puzzle on the box and then asked you to put it together, where would you start?

Thinking about buying a house in Uplands

I am sure eventually you would be able to put it together over lots of time and lots of trial and error and some frustration! But why go through the hassle if all you needed was the picture?

Well, buying a house or condo in London Ontario is no different!

If you had a picture in your mind of exactly what you wanted and needed in a house, do you not think that the buying process would be easier and in the long run, save you money?

Here is a scenario that is frequently a request that we receive:

   “We are looking for a house in __________________________ 3-4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garage and between $____, 000 and $___, 000.”

  “We would like a master ensuite, fenced back yard etc.”

      A puzzle to Buy a Home                          

                                  

Yes, you may have decided on a one floor home versus a two story, maybe even a neighbourhood or close to a particular school or your work.

Over the years what our clients have really appreciated is what we call a market education.

We sit down with our clients and take the time to narrow down your must have’s, your lifestyle preferences, your budget, your comfort zone and after that we are getting close to having a picture of your needs.

We then go look at 4-5 homes with the intent of not buying any of them! We are solely getting a clearer picture of what you would really like and can afford in a home. After this 2-3 hour tour and analysis, we have found that  90% of the time, our buyers have a clear picture and now can act on the home that matches their picture!

Our clients know comparative prices; know the right neighbourhood, the right style of home and the necessary amenities that match their lifestyle.

I will agree that this process may not be for everyone but over the years it sure works for our clients and their level of satisfaction is very pleasing to us and a barometer of our values and work ethic!

In 90% of cases, a real estate sales person’s role is not to be a home finder. That was what real estate people did in the 80’s & 90’s, consumers  did not have access to  the vast amount of information that is available today.

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A good real estate person’s advantage and skill is to be an interpreter of data, a consultant, an advisor, a professional negotiator who ensures that not only is the price right, but the terms and conditions of a complex transaction are well managed from start to finish.

32 Minutes Will Make Buying A Home in London Ontario Easier!

First, Second ,Third Even Fifth Time Home Buyers

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Have you been driving around looking at open houses, searching the web, picking up real estate magazines in a constant search for a home? Then find one that you fall in love with and its been sold or a little out of your price range? It gets to be frustrating and a waste of time to say the least.  I know the feeling; I was there once myself.  The problem is most home buyers  just don’t know where to start. 

So you ask many of the Realtors you meet  questions about home buying and get different answers, becoming  even more confused.  Well there is a right way, and a wrong way, and the best way of getting the right house, and at the right price.  You want accurate and proven information (facts) that will guide you through the jungle of home buying with ease and success.

Have you or will you face any of these situations?

  • You’re looking to make one of the most important purchases of your life and you don’t want to get burned because of not knowing whom you can trust, or making a mistake that could cost you thousands of dollars later.
  • You do not know the values in the marketplace and you want to be assured of getting the most that you can for your money, without having any regrets after your closing?
  • You’re feeling out of control because there are so many unanswered questions. Making it hard to know where to start.

Is there an easier way to go about it?

If any of these situations sound familiar,or, you do not even want to go there,  then we  can help you prepare you for the purchase of your next home.  Doesn’t it make sense that in order for you to make one of the most important decisions in your life you should be well informed and have all the facts?

I say that because I was in your shoes.  In fact, I was once facing every one of the above situations.

Just 32 Minutes of Your Time Will Save You from “Years of Headaches”

How? Give us a call 519-435-1600 or contact us, we will arrange to set up a brief get together, you tell us what you want and when and we will offer some suggestions and leave you with some great information.

Call 519-435-1600

You are under no obligation what so ever, you don’t have to sign anything, don’t bring a thing, not even a pen, just yourself or you and your partner, we might even offer you a free coffee or water!

 

 

 

Eliminate Fear When Buying a London Ontario House

Most house buyers have many fears when getting ready to buy a home, whether it is the first time buyer or a couple who have bought and sold 5 homes in their lifetime.

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Most of those fears are normal and that is a good thing. However:

F false

 E evidence

 A appearing 

 R real

I have worked with hundreds of home buyers over the years and I have found that most of their fears were of the unknown or worst of all, here say by family, friends and co-workers. My role as a professional Realtor is to address those fears, acknowledge them and then overcome those fears with factual information, not my perceptions but the real world of real estate reality.

The fear of buying the wrong house, over-paying for it, defects, financing and location can in 99% of the time, can be overcome with due diligence.

The fear of being happy in that home, entertaining and appreciating in value is internal and way above my paygrade to offer advice!

In the end, common sense, being practical and keeping your emotions in check will be your best friends.

Do Not Overpay When Buying a Home in London Ontario

Overpaying when buying a home in London Ontario over the past few months is occurring more often than not and I have heard the following statements from buyers and Realtors.

happy buyers

 

  • “There is nothing I can do about it”.
  • “That’s just the way the real estate market is right now.”

Really?

Learned helplessness is a condition in which a buyer adapts to the scarcity mindset, the fear of loss and instant gratification and overpays for a house in London Ontario and feel that there is nothing they can do about it and that the acceptance of their offer is totally out of their control.

Yes, the real estate market in London Ontario is vibrant and as a Realtor, that is quite positive yet the consequences of overzealous buyers and their representatives actions will have a negative effect , as history has proven over and over that the axiom “What goes up must come down”, holds true.

As a home buyer in London Ontario, you have choices and there are strategies you can take to ensure you do not over pay and get caught up in the frenzy.

If you never ever want to overpay for real estate, I will not let you!

Buying a Home in London Ontario & Co-signing?

What are the consequences if your daughter and her husband want to buy a home, but recently asked you to “Co-Sign” on the loan?

buying a house in London Ontario

There’s nothing wrong with helping a family member or close friend with buying a home.  However, co-signing on a loan should be done with great care and knowledge of the consequences.  Co-signing means that you are extending your personal credit for the benefit of someone else.  Problem is, if the borrower defaults, the lender will look to you for full repayment.

So you’re not really a co-signer, you’re a co-debtor.  Here are a few tips that may prove helpful when co-signing:

Although you’re co-signing, make sure your co-borrower is putting cash into the transaction.  The more they put in, the lower your risk.

Obtain a credit report on the person you’re co-signing for, even if it’s another family member.  If they’ve defaulted on other debts, there’s a good chance they’ll default on the debt you’re co-signing.

Ask the lender to release you from the loan when the principal balance is reduced to a certain amount.

Examine how your credit rating and ability to borrow will be impacted.  Co-signing on a loan can sometimes impact your ability to get financing if you need it.

Make sure you’re name is listed on the deed as a co-owner.  And by all means, speak with a good real estate lawyer.

If the home is sold, will you share in any appreciation or gain in value?

These  are only a few of the consequences let alone the dis-harmony between family or a friend. I have advised and helped many families over the years, so not only is a competent lawyer and lender required, but a real estate person with your interests in mind.

The Only London Ontario Home Buyer Guarantee

Love it or Leave It” London Ontario’s Only Home Buying Guarantee

100% Home Buyer Guarantee

If you obtain a home through Sutton Group Envelope Real Estate Brokerage and you are not 100% pleased with it, we will sell your home for you for FREE! We offer this guarantee within the first 24 months after you purchase the home.

Why? 

We want you to be totally satisfied with your home and will do everything to get you into a home that you will love…Guaranteed!

We are confident that we have the ability to listen to you and to being dedicated in finding the “Perfect Home” for you.  We take 100% responsibility; we offer no excuses and no finger pointing.

That’s why we are willing to work for FREE if your home isn’t everything you expected it to be.  You have nothing to lose,

There is some fine print and here it is:

This home buying guarantee excludes commercial properties, investors & students.

Trouble Buying a Home in London Ontario?

Are you spending countless hours searching MLS, real estate magazines, weekend classified ads and real estate websites looking for the ideal home for a great price and in a great neighbourhood?

 Why?

searching to buy houses in London Ontario

By Yourself?

Quite a few home buyers do that in the thinking stage which is a great idea , but, when you think you are getting close, are you aware you may be missing out on some great homes that sell in a day, or a home that was priced agressively, a good income property or a home in that special neighbourhood of London?

Do you think you will get a head jump on others by searching daily or weekly? Avoid paying commissions? Avoid a pesky or bothersome real estate person (don’t blame you)? Get a deal?

Regardless, real estate changes, people change, neighbourhoods change, mortgage rules change and the motivation of buyers and sellers change.

So how do I, as a real estate professional, as a Broker of Record and Owner keep you, the curious, the maybe, the must have by the end of the month, the retiree, the downsizer, the upsizer, the tire kicker, deal maker, bread winner or just plain ready to move informed about real estate in London Ontario?

My asociates and I view a lot of houses and condos daily. We constantly are researching properties, even For Sale By Owner (FSBO) properties.

My tastes are different than yours, my perspective of neighbourhoods, price affordability, style of home, school district, what side of the tracks, how close certain amenities are and I bet, hundreds more.

So how do I help so many home buyers in London? These clients say I listen and listen and listen and  take the time to research and plan.

There is a catch though!

What is the Catch?

I don’t know who you are! Buying a home is something I help hundreds of buyers do, why not contact me and at least see what I have to offer.

I have built my business on service, by understanding what my client’s need and want and being a provider of real estate information. The tips and ideas I provide are a great business tool and I appreciate those who see the value in them and who truly want expert advice.

If that is you, raise your hand, it will not cost you anything, you are under no obligation and I promise you, you will be happy that you did!