The Realtor: Find a Realtor you will be comfortable working together with. Your Realtor should be a full-time experienced agent who is familiar with the area you want to buy in and who has experience in selling homes in that area. Your Realtor should meet with you and talk you though the process of buying, review your financial plan, discuss your needs and wants, and explain the process and costs to be expected.
House hunting: As your Realtor, I will use the MLS system to seek out and filter the right homes that match your needs and wants. The Multiple Listing Service(MLS) in the Fraser Valley processes over 91% of all sales that go through the Land Registry. At RE/MAX Treeland we handle about 43% of all sales in our market area so to augment our service we e-mail our in-house new listings to each of our members each day. This can give us up to a 3 day advance on our competition for our listings. After our initial meeting I will locate homes to view, set a viewing schedule with the listing Realtors and take you out to view the homes. At each home we will review what we saw and either eliminate the property or keep it for further consideration.
How many homes to see: There is no magic number of homes to view before you buy. I have had some Buyers buy the first home they see. They may view others after seeing the first one, but quickly know that a certain house is the right one for them. What is important is not to over-analyze or procrastinate. In today's market you're not the only Buyer. Some Buyers take longer to find the right home. These Buyers often have more specialized needs within a limited market sector. Believe it or not, every house I've personally bought has been the first one my family has seen.
Write the offer: After finding the home you like, we'll sit down and write the offer on the terms you choose and insert subject clauses typically for inspection, financing, disclosure, strata details and other things as may be appropriate. As your Realtor, my job is to manage the negotiations with the listing agent, represent your interests and work the process towards an agreement. The offer process may go through a counter-offer or two before an agreement is reached, but not always.
Subject Period: Once an offer is accepted by both parties, as the Buyer's Realtor, I will arrange for the Buyer's inspector to access the home, work with the lender to affirm the financing proceeds and coordinate such other actions as may be necessary to allow the Buyer to fulfill their conditions.
Waiting to move: After subjects are fulfilled, you need to organize the connection of phone, hydro, gas, cable etc. You'll be packing, arranging a mover, or leaning on friends and relatives. Otherwise, not much happens until the week of the closing of the sale. Here the lawyer or notary public is involved and you will meet with them to sign final documents. After the sale is completed and registration is affirmed, I will arrange keys for access (typically at noon) on move in day.