There is no set timeline for buying your home. It can take time to find the right house that fits what you’re looking for; or it can be the first one you see and fall in love with! No matter if your process is a tortoise or a Hare the process for finding the house is very similar. These are some of the things you can expect:


  • Sit down with us and be prepared to have a very open and honest conversation about what you’re looking for.

  • Find a bank or mortgage broker who can pre-approve you for a home purchase

  • Determine what is most important to you in a home: price, location, size.

  • Look through the listings we send you and let us know which properties you are interested in seeing in person.

  • We will set up showings for you and take you through all of the homes. We will then go over all of the pros and cons of the homes with you and help you make an informed and confident choice of which home you’d like to put an offer on.

  • Once you find the home you’d like to put on offer on we will walk you through all of the paperwork required. We will help you decide on an offer price and offer contents based on our knowledge and current market conditions, as well as your input.

Before you get the keys there are a few things that you need to keep in mind:

Closing costs:

  • Several days before closing you will go in to meet with your lawyer to sign all of your final documents.

  • You should prepare for the “closing costs” to account for approximately 1.5 – 2% of your purchase price. This will include land transfer taxes, adjustments, lawyers fees and incidentals.

Getting things ready:

  • Make sure you create accounts with local utility companies including gas, electric, hydro as well as any internet and/or phone companies.

  • If your hot water heater is rented make sure you call ahead to assume the rental contract.

  • Please do not assume that you will get the keys for your new home at 9am. Chances are it will take until late afternoon or early evening for the transaction to complete and for the keys to be in hand. Plan accordingly.

We will be with you the whole way through the process. We are never too busy for your calls and there are no questions too small or insignificant. This is a stressful but exciting time and we are here to help you through all of the ups and downs that come with it.

© The Hare Real Estate Collective 2019

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Real Estate Agent, Wellington County, Centre Wellington, Waterloo Region, Halton, Hamilton, Sandy Hare