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?
In this market, here are some very, very important questions you may want to know before you make a decision 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)
All Houses & Condos For Sale on MLS
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. (Homeowners have asked us to help them sell, but there are 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 personalized “property profile.” We have an extensive network of contacts that clients have said have saved them days and even weeks of searching.
Buying a home in London Ontario and the 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 every day, seven days a week!).
Our past clients have found that our innovative Dedicated Buyer Program provides them with an objective and unbiased view of the property’s true worth and helps remove some emotion from the buying process. This coupled with expert negotiation skills allows our clients to save thousands of dollars and in most cases, 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 extensive research to match your purchasing criteria with properties for sale. We even 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 and would like to have
Unprecedented market research tools that most other companies have never even heard about.
Discretion, confidentiality, work ethic & experience
Access to our support services such as legal, home inspection, movers, tradespeople, property management etc.
We are never too busy because when you work with us as a buyer, not only will you have an experienced professional 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!"
We can also refer you to my network of trusted real estate companies all across Canada, even some cities in the US.
These 11 questions you may want answers to when working with a real estate person will determine how well your purchase goes! These questions clients have told me was worth a minimum of $5,000 to them!
What About Multiple offers?
When you make an offer on a home in London, a few quick tips.
Our local London, real estate market, has picked up, and the fact is, in some neighbourhoods and price points, there are not enough homes to meet demand.
But when you are thinking of making your first offer to purchase, we have seen quite a few mistakes specific to buying London area real estate.
For some homes you may be interested in, you may be in multiple bidding situations where there are several other people submitting offers on the same house as you.
How do you navigate the waters to get this home, without paying too much?
By leaving your emotions at the door, we have found that emotional attachment and fear of loss are the reasons for overpaying and all the more reason to work with our seasoned, experienced Realtors.
Where in Ontario Do We Work?
As the owner and Broker of Record of the real estate brokerage, my associates and I cover all of London and South West Ontario. We are licensed in the Province of Ontario and can refer you to our massive network of qualified real estate professionals across Canada, Florida, California, Arizona, North and South Carolina!
What’s the cost?
99.8% of the time we are paid by the listing real estate brokerage which is disclosed to you up front at all times in writing and verifiable.
There are no upfront fees, hidden fees or retainers; we only get paid once the property you choose has changed hands. In other words, if we don't perform, we don't get paid!
We call it our success fee! We get paid after you have successfully and happily purchased a property that we have worked hard to arrange for you.
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What am I getting for my money that I cannot achieve myself?
Buying a quality home in London Ontario and area is not a part-time task. As professional Realtors, we work for you day in, day out to find the right home for you. We will listen to your needs and will provide you with independent advice to confirm your decision. We understand local market values exceptionally well.
Will you listen to my needs?
Of course – listening is the most crucial aspect of any relationship, that is why we have two ears and one mouth, to listen twice as much more than we speak.
How will know you understand my requirements? (How could you possibly know what I want?)
We spend a considerable amount of time asking about your needs and wants BEFORE starting the search process.
Can you find me properties not listed on MLS?
Of course, our research team can find real estate that is for sale by relentless searching for every real estate site available, plus social networks and print media. Plus, because of the large volume of business we do, we have access to information about homes that may be coming on the market soon or about those thinking of selling and have asked us to find them a buyer without the disturbance of having lots of people tramping through their house.
We guarantee not to waste your valuable time sending you or showing you inappropriate properties. We deflect all the stress and detail and save you days or even weeks of endless searching or missed opportunities.
With our guidance, you will save time, money and stress in the purchase of your next home. You will gain access to more properties, be better informed about comparable sales and understand the real value of each property.
Because we are not the smartest, prettiest, largest, fanciest or the richest, we work harder than most!
What is the process and how long will it take?
Once you are comfortable with us and we with you, we will conduct thorough research and then present you with a shortlist of homes for you to visit.
If you are right and ready to decide with the help of our market education, we then conduct a full valuation of the property and negotiate on your behalf. The decision to buy is yours.
What is the difference between a buyers’ agent and a selling agent?
The critical difference between a buyers’ agent and a traditional selling agent is who they represent. A buyers’ agent works exclusively for the buyer, whereas the selling agent works for the vendor (seller). By the way, lawyers cannot represent both the buyer and the seller, why then, are Realtors able to?
How will I know what the property is worth?
We conduct extensive due diligence for clients on recent sales and have access to a comprehensive database of all past transactions. We discuss the positives and negatives of each property. Using this information, together with information on the state of the market provides our clients with the assurance they are not overpaying.
One phone call to 519-435-1600 or email will not cost you a nickel but could save you thousands!