Multiple Offers – Durham Market

Well I cannot believe the prices some of these homes are selling for?   Please, please, please make sure when you are purchasing a home to use a LOCAL agent … they know the neighbourhoods and the comparables.   When you use an agent who is from another area, they don’t.   People are paying ridiculously high prices for homes which in my humble opinion aren’t worth it.

I understand there is a shortage of listings but does that mean Buyers are to be pressured into paying some of 

these crazy prices… I say NO !!  I have told my clients on many occasions, walk away !

People are going in firm on homes that clearly have issues with no inspection conditions.  I have been in numerous houses and after inspections found mould in the attics, faulty wiring, etc.   Make sure you know what you are getting into and that your agent knows the age of the property etc.  

It is great to win in multiple offers and see your happy Buyer’s face but make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.   I always say, “If I meet you at the local grocery store or park, I don’t want to run and hide because I feel you overpaid.”   People hire Realtors to protect their interest and from some of the shananigans I have seen lately, I have to wonder.

If you are a Seller, this clearly won’t mean much other than you are going to get TOP dollar for your home right now.  But if you are Buyer, choose wisely.   Choose someone who knows the market and is diligently working on your behalf to protect your interests and your money.  

Ok my rant is over … just looking at some of the sales the past few weeks and shaking my head. I hope the market continues to stay strong but if it doesn’t, I hope you have a lot of equity in some of these homes because if the market drops … they won’t even be able to sell them and get their initial downpayment out of them.

All I am saying is GET REPRESENTATION that you TRUST.  Yes it is great to win but at what cost 

Good luck to all the buyers out there and to all the sellers… who are getting top dollar for their homes.  If you are thinking of selling – TRUST ME, now is the time to sell.  I have never seen a market so busy and desperate for listings.

To your success !!!  

If you have any real estate questions, please feel free to call me or email me … I love what I do and will be only too happy to answer them.  Cheers !!!

Top Real Estate Lessons of 2012

                                                      By Mark Weisleder
Fri Dec 28 2012

Buyer Beware

Between signing a real estate deal and closing, there are plenty of things that can go wrong. By being prepared you can make sure that your deal is kept on the straight and narrow.

Here are some recurring themes I saw this year.

1. Appliance disappointments


Sellers will only guarantee that the appliances and home systems they leave behind will be working on closing. If something breaks down shortly thereafter, it is not the seller’s responsibility. Buyers should consider insurance against these types of breakdowns. Some companies that provide these policies are Canadian Home Shield, Resrx and Direct Energy. As with any insurance policy, check the deductibles and what is and what is not covered.

2. Closing day disappointments


Sellers have to move out as soon as title changes hands. This can be as early as 9 a.m., although most deals close between 1 p.m. and 4 pm. If the seller is still there after the title changes, they can be liable for any extra moving costs the buyer incurs.

Sellers must also be sure they give their lawyer the right keys so the buyer can get in. On more than one occasion in my experience, the seller left one key but there were two locks on the front door. The buyer had to pay a locksmith and sent the bill to the seller. The same goes for junk left behind. If you leave it, you may have to pay the costs to remove it.

3. Arrange bridge financing


Most buyers want to close their sale and purchase on the same day. Sometimes it doesn’t go smoothly. For example, if the person buying your home is late closing, your lawyer may not be able to get the money to the lawyer who is acting for the person selling their home to you in time. This can result in the seller cancelling the deal if you are late, or charging a penalty to extend it for another day. In addition, you will likely pay additional moving costs as your seller may not have left the home by the time your movers arrive.

Bridge financing gives you the ability to have the funds on hand if needed and merely pay interest on the money for one or two days.

4. Appraisal policy requirements


More and more lenders are requesting that an appraisal be done a few days prior to closing, after the buyer has waived their financing condition. If the appraisal says your home is not worth what you paid for it, they will not lend you what you expected, and you will have to come up with this additional down payment yourself. This can be disastrous at the last minute.

Ask about your lender’s policy regarding appraisals before you apply for any mortgage loan. Make sure they will provide all approvals before you have to waive any finance condition.

5. The new home HST rebate


People who buy a new home or condominium from a builder must understand that the HST rebate is built into the sale price. The builder will get this money, after closing, from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), so long as you move into the home. If you are not moving in, but intend to rent it out or resell it immediately, you will have to pay this HST, typically between $20,000 and $30,000, to the builder on closing. Otherwise CRA may chase you for the money later.


So this is just some of the things you need to be aware of when purchasing a home.  It is always best to consult your Realtor if you have any questions about any of these things. 
By being properly prepared in advance, you should enjoy a positive home closing experience in 2013.