Real Estate Survival Guide:
Buyer’s Checklist

Refer to this 10-step checklist to get you through the home buying process
  •   Calculate your Monthly Income and Debt.
  •   Check your Credit Report and Credit Score.
  •   Use RealProperty’s Mortgage Calculators.
  •   Figure out your Down Payment.
  •   Choose a Type of Mortgage.
  •   Speak to at least Five Lenders and Mortgage Brokers.
  •   Shop for The Best Interest Rates and Programs.
  •   Choose a location (downtown, urban, suburban, rural).
  •   Choose a type (single family, townhouse, condo, loft).
  •   Choose a price range.
  •   Choose a size.
  •   Choose an architectural style.
  •   Look online for information on schools, crime rate, traffic and zoning.
  •   Determine your work commute.
  •   Scout local amenities, such as parks, shops and restaurants.
  •   Get Referrals.
  •   Consider working with an Exclusive Buyer’s Agent.
  •   Interview at least three agents.
  •   Look for experience and good chemistry.
  •   Browse listings online, including
  •   Ask your agent to set up tours of homes that fit your criteria.
  •   Check local newspapers.
  •   Pick up flyers and attend open houses.
  •   Ask your agent for comps to estimate the property’s fair market value.
  •   Ask the seller’s reason for selling.
  •   Review all property disclosures.
  •   Find out about liens, easements or other restrictions.
  •   Determine the purchase price.
  •   Include contingencies, such as financial, inspection or purchase.
  •   Spell out any special requests and repairs you want included in the sale.
  •   Determine an earnest money amount.
  •   Define a move-in date.
  •   Once both parties agree to the terms, sign the Purchase and Sale Agreement.
  •   Get the house appraised.
  •   Get a professional home inspection.
  •   Consider getting specific inspections for structural engineering, roof and termites.
  •   Use the appraisal and inspection reports to re-negotiate if necessary.
  •   Choose a home insurance company.
  •   Complete the loan process with the lender.
  •   Do a walk-through inspection prior to closing.
  •   Set aside cash for the closing costs and down payment.
  •   Review the settlement document at least 2 days before closing to see how funds will be collected and distributed.
  •   Get a cashier’s check for the amount you need to bring to closing, including the down payment and closing costs.

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Tyson Gobind
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RealProperty Transaction Centres Inc.

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