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Buying

Let Me Help You Every Step Of the Way.

When purchasing a home, you are faced with a multitude of decisions.  Finding that perfect home is not an easy task, and obtaining a mortgage loan can be a complex and tiring process.  Once you've made the commitment to reach that home-purchasing goal, though, the rewards you can achieve are unquestionable.
 
Assisting you every step of the way, I'll make the process of purchasing a home in Vancouver easier, more enjoyable, less time-consuming, and less expensive than if you undertook this challenge on your own. I'll help you prepare so that sellers perceive you as a preferred buyer, help you locate and assess properties for sale in Vancouver that match your specifications, and guide you through the myriad of details attending the actual purchase.
 

Having sold homes in Vancouver now for 15 years, I have my finger on the pulse of the Vancouver real estate market, and know neighbourhood values inside and out.  I will help you determine which properties are fairly-priced and in good condition before you start your search.

Your First Step

Your first step in the home-buying process is to define the reasons why you want to purchase a new home.  To stop paying rent? To start building equity? To have a place of your own? To raise a family? To move up to a bigger house?
Determine the style of home you prefer and the Vancouver area in which you'd like to live. Be specific.

Develop a needs vs. wants list.  Everyone has a picture of their ideal home. This home would include all the features you not only need, but have long desired. However, when it comes time to buying a home, these desired features constitute additional costs. While it's nice to think about having an artfully landscaped backyard, or built-in appliances, these are usually considered luxury items, which can add considerably to the price of your property.
 
Begin the list with items you absolutely need like adequate room, garage space and number of bedrooms. How much space do you really need? Does your situation require a one-level home, or are stairs acceptable? Basic needs should be considered first. After these have been established, you can consider additional features if you can manage these benefits financially. With such a list in your hands, you're less likely to be caught up in the excitement of the pursuit. You'll have a good idea of what you want, the features within your price range, and whether or not you can afford those additional items.
 

Think of yourself as zeroing in on a target, going from the general to the specific. Consider area (downtown Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Moody); neighbourhood (older and settled or brand new).  Check out the neighbourhoods you're considering, and ask around.  What amenities does the area have to offer?  Are there schools, churches, parks, or grocery stores within reach?  Consider visiting schools in the area if you have children.  How will you be affected by a new commute to work?  Are there infrastructure projects in development?  All of these factors will influence the way you experience your new home, so ensure you're well-acquainted with the surrounding area before purchasing.  To learn more about what to look for in a new neighbourhood, please visit my Special Reports section!

Your Next Step: Loan Pre-Approval

Once you've narrowed down your list, you're ready to take the next step in the purchasing process:  getting pre-approved with a Vancouver mortgage company.  While getting pre-approved may sound daunting, it actually just involves getting an idea of what you can afford.  When you're pre-approved, this means that a lender has reviewed your credit history, verified your assets and employment, and has approved your loan before you've found a Vancouver home to purchase.
 
Pre-approval gives you substantial leverage: sellers immediately see you as a serious buyer. Not only will you know the exact price range you can afford, but you'll also be able to negotiate a better deal and move more quickly when you see a Vancouver house you like.  Depending upon market conditions, a seller may lean towards an unconditional offer, so you'll have less negotiating power if you have to wait for mortgage approval. Banks and financial institutions have developed many programs catered specifically to home buyers. Once you review your needs and objectives with a lending officer, you'll be one step closer to purchasing your home in Vancouver.
 

Contact me and I'll be happy to refer you to a Vancouver mortgage professional with an excellent reputation and track record for successfully acquiring loan approval for his/her clients.

Let Me Find the Perfect Vancouver Home for You

It is a very time consuming process to view every home available that meets your needs. I can do much of the work for you, by establishing your needs, then reviewing a range of properties and advising you of potential matches. I have my finger on the pulse of housing trends and prices and access to the best possible resources and communication systems available today to help you locate homes on the Vancouver real estate market that match your specifications.  A comprehensive knowledge of the available homes in your Vancouver neighborhood is one of my strongest assets.
 
Once you've been pre-approved and know what price range you plan to stay within, I can help you determine which properties fit your needs and wants, using the (MLS) Multiple Listing Service system.
 

Start your search now - and view my current listings!

I Will Help You Every Step Of The Way

As a top Vancouver Realtor with years of experience and a proven track record, it is my job to guide you through this complicated process, from beginning to end. Contact me today, together we will prepare a unique system to suit your particular needs and goals. From helping you find your dream home to closing the deal - and every small or large step in between - I will be there to ensure your journey to life behind a new door is a smooth one!

 
加拿大房地产交易程序及注意事

买房是很多华人到加拿大后做到第一件事,加拿大是个具有完备法律体系的国家,买方卖方的责权利都受到法律的严密保护,购买房产相对来说是一个比较繁琐和需要专业帮助的过程。 以下是加拿大地产协会对通常情况下地产交易过程的官方描述:

      
第一步:卖方房地产主决心卖出房产,与某一地产公司(及某一地产经纪)签署代理销售合同(MULTIPLE LISTING CONTRACT),正式建立委托人(卖方房地产主)和代办人(此地产公司)的关系,并列明合同细节(双方的承诺)。主要内容:委托人授权此代办人将其列定的房地产以双方同意的价格列入MLS,并同意在代办人成功找到买主、成功导致一可执行的买卖合同的签署的情况下付给代办人佣金,佣金量由卖主与经纪协议后列入合同内;此地产公司(地产经纪)同意作卖方房地产主的代办人,并同意除卖方地产主允许的情况下,不接受买主的任何报酬。合同内同时列明卖方经纪将以上述佣金的多大一部分作为付给带来最终买主(导致合法出售合同)的买方经纪之报酬以鼓励地产业其他经纪与之合作。 


重要概念解释: 

MLS(Multiple Listing Service): 
是由加拿大地产业协会管理的、各省地产业协会支持的地产业专用数据库。不仅提供现今上市的地产信息,并有每处地产多年来的历次销售记录、政府估价等资料。美国也有同名的数据库。实际上,因为INTERNET的普及。公众可以通过MLS网站查找上市地产广告,所以MLS的覆盖面是全球性的。 


佣金(Commission):一般是最终出售价钱的某百分比。出於联邦政府之竞争法规定,没有并不允许有标准。作为参考,美国许多州和加拿大安大略省常见的佣金安排是售价全额的百分之五至六。BC省常见的佣金安排是售价前十万的百分之七加剩余售价的百分之三左右。注意:佣金最终给买卖双方的经纪分取。BC省常见的给买方经纪的佣金部分是售价前十万的百分之三点几加剩余售价的百分之一点几。 


合同(Contract)的概念及法律上对合同的约束:从法律角度说,合同即是承诺。可以是单方向的,也可以是交换或双方向的。合同的建立有七个基本因素:提议、接受、代价、合法意向、能力、合法交换物、真实允诺。根据这七个因素的具体细节,所有合同可以分归五类:可执行、不可执行、可无效、无效、非法合同。只有可执行合同完全受法律保护。 


第二步:卖方房地产主填写陈述文件表格透露此房产的关键信息。卖方经纪获取多方面详细资料后将此房产列入MLS数据库。 


第三步:买方经纪搜索MLS数据库,发现此房产列入市场,如果适合买主顾客的要求,经纪向买主介绍此房产。(买主在看房之前应先在银行取得贷款利息保证和最高贷款额以保证有足够财力购买所看的房产。


第四步:买方经纪与卖方经纪安排时间,买主看房。 


第五步:买主提议并出价购买,买方经纪协助起草合同(CONTRACT OF PURCHASE AND SALE)。卖主可以接受买主的出价及条款,也可以还价并在合同中加上其他保护自己利益的条款。双方彼此还价及谈判后达到共同满意的价钱和条款,签署的合同在法律上开始有对双方的约束效应。 


第六步:免除条件。因合同中一般都有需要免除的条件,比如买方需银行贷款、需验房师出具令买方满意的验房报告等,直到所有条件全部清除之后,此合同才有真正完成的可能。需要注意的是如果合同中存在任何一条件给予一方无客观理由也能主动退出的控制力,这样的合同便属于可无效合同,没有法律上的约束力。然而,某些条件下可以注明仅有益于买方或卖方,这样注明的意义是受益的一方可以自行决定免除该条件以完成合同(重要前提是即使此条件未满足,合同仍可以完成);而另一方无权以这样的条件未真正满足为理由拒绝完成合同或拒绝履行合同中之其他承诺。 


第七步:免除条件后,双方已完全受法律约束,必须完成合同之约定。基於这样的信心,各自可以安排搬迁等事宜,联系通知各自的律师或公证人以完成产权及金钱的交接。 


第八步:COMPLETION DATE 所有必要的款额从买方或卖方及其贷款银行转出,按已有合同和服务收费约定分至卖方及其原贷款银行、政府机关、双方经纪、卖方律师等。旧按揭(mortgage)从产权(LAND TITLE)上取消。产权正式转至买方名下,新按揭(mortgage)注册于产权上。地税等项目需要以ADJUSTMENT DATE 为分界分别承担,多退少补。买主应注意提前购买房产的地震、火灾等保险。因为在法律上,所有风险都从这个日子开始转成新房主的责任了。 


第九步:买方经纪从卖方取得钥匙,在POSSESSION DATE当日交给新房主。卖方应在POSSESSION DATE 之前搬出,以便买主能够在POSSESSION DATE当日搬入。新房主检阅房产。 

信息来源:加中青年国际交流协会