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London Ontario Home Buyer 101 Tips

Home Buyer 101 London Ontario

How Often Do You Hear Yourself Saying: “No, I Haven’t Read It: I’ve Been Meaning To!”

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Most house buyers only think about price, style and location. But there’s more than that! For most, buying a house in London, Ontario & the area can be an emotional roller coaster! It comes with many details, and some buyers may get caught up in the excitement and need to pay more attention to a few things.

Over the years, through experience in working with hundreds of buyers and sellers in London, Ontario real estate, we have been able to help clients overcome the conflicting misinformation about real estate and apply sound common sense so that our clients are assured they are making significant decisions and avoiding emotional overzealousness to buy!

A Good Decision About Real Estate Is Based on Knowledge

If you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home in London, Ontario, and whether you are a first-time buyer or buying your 5th, a few minutes of informed insights will be well worth your time.

Below are a few of the 643 reports or videos we have prepared to help clients make prudent decisions!

Report # 1 Buying a House

What price do you offer a seller? Is the seller’s asking price too high? Is it ideal? Without research on the market and comparable homes, you are bidding blind. A professional Realtor who represents you should offer an unbiased opinion on a home’s value based on market conditions and the house and neighbourhood conditions. I said it should, but how would you know if it is unbiased, what comparables are used, and in what time frames? Without this knowledge, you could quickly bid too much or miss out on a great buying opportunity. Why? There are ten other great tips in this report.

Report# 2 Buying a Condo

Buying a condo in London, Ontario, be it an apartment, a townhouse, or a townhome, takes much more care than purchasing a house. The reason is that due diligence is required to understand the condominium corporation’s bylaws, financial status, rules and regulations, and by-laws! These notes will give you several helpful, straightforward tips for buying a condo in London, plus answers to a condo corporation and valuable links. 

Report # 3 Who Else is Going To Be Involved When I Buy Real Estate?

Many other professionals or non-professionals are involved in your real estate transaction. An excellent, thorough Realtor will ensure you are working with qualified professionals. 

Report #4 Role of a Lawyer in a Real Estate Purchase

The purchaser’s lawyer’s purpose is to protect you, the purchaser, throughout the transaction and ensure that you obtain a good title to your new property. The purchaser’s lawyer also represents your mortgage lender’s interests in preparing and registering the mortgage documents—tips on what to ask a lawyer.

Report # 5 Role of a Home Inspector

There are several reasons for having a home inspection, but the most compelling reason is that the inspector looks at the property differently than a purchaser.

  1. The job is to look for significant problems visible on the home inspection day to help you reduce your risk.

      2.  A good home inspector will also educate you on operating your home’s systems.

      3.  A great Home Inspector will explain how to solve the problems found that day, giving you enough information to make the right buying decision with everything you have learned.

What is a home inspection, how to choose a home inspector & what to be careful about?

Report # 6 What Do All These Real Estate Words Mean Anyway?

What do all these real estate words mean? Learn a few; never will a lawyer, Realtor, economist, mortgage lender or hairdresser ever confuse you again!

Questions To Ask Yourself!


Do You Know Your Buying Power

Most of us do not have enough cash to purchase a home without a mortgage loan, so we have to find someone to lend us the money. This part is intimidating for many of us, so we put off the home mortgage pre-approval process until the last minute, and we’re eager to start viewing homes right away. That’s why it’s never too soon to speak to a loan advisor right at the get-go to get on track to understanding what you can afford. As a pre-approved buyer, you’ll save time when house hunting. And you’ll be more confident and more inclined to make offers in an expedient fashion.


Do I need to have an initial consult with a Realtor


And it is highly recommended for your benefit and the realtors to understand exactly what you are looking for, and here’s why:

What to expect

Discuss their process of buying; including finding you the best home, for the best price. They’ll develop a custom search and a plan to help you with your purchase. They’ll explain their role in the process, and the roles of the other professionals you will work with along the way.

Discuss the features of your dream home. The goal is to know what YOUR real estate goals are. How long do you plan to stay in the home, which areas you would like to search in, what style of home do you like? The agent will make a list of your “Wants,” and your absolute “Must-Haves.” This is important to narrow down your search so that the focus is only on homes that will work for you.

Review your budget.

With pre-approval in hand, your agent will help define the range of properties you can include in your search. There is nothing worse than dropping down in budget after seeing homes you can’t, or don’t want to, afford.

Set up your communication expectations right off the bat. How do you like to be communicated with—text/e- mail/phone? All of the above? Are there any times that are off limits, or would you expect to be informed around the clock?

Key Items

The earlier you meet, the more beneficial it is. Most people start thinking seriously about buying a home at least six months before they buy.

You’ll be able to focus on what’s really important versus a pipe dream. While it may not be as fun as roving from one open house to another, the process of working with lenders, dealing with paperwork, and digging deep into the realities of what you can actually afford is a critical step.

Having a professional to answer your questions will allow you to act quicker when you are ready to pull the trigger!


What is something that your current home does not include…

✨ A walk out basement?

✨ No stairs, a one floor bungalow?

✨ Fireplace?

✨ 2- car garage?

✨ A guest bedroom?

Choose 1 or several and tell me below what your next home will have!

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Ty Lacroix

"Not All Realtors Are The Same"! This website and content are for you and are designed and constantly upgraded with the latest real estate trends, how-tos, and what is for sale on MLS. Our primary focus is guiding home buyers and sellers to make good decisions. We believe selling real estate is a process, not an event or knee-jerk reaction; we sleep well at night and ensure our clients do as well! We are not for everybody, nor can we please everybody, nor do we tell people what they want to hear; I know that may be old-fashioned and boring, but we are dealing with hundreds of thousands of your hard-earned money. Would you rather be happy, excited and bored or unhappy, excited and make a poor choice? About Ty I am a Broker with Sutton Group Preferred Realty Inc., Brokerage and the team leader for The Envelope Real Estate Group, that's enough about me! You see, this is about you, you do not want to hear blah blah stuff about awards, designations, or that we walk older adults across the street (I used to help old ladies cross the street, but as I got older I did not want my wife to think I was flirting) the reincarnation of Mother Teresa, walk on water or anything else to impress you. We let the numbers speak for themselves; success leaves clues!

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