A REALTOR® can help you search through the houses on the market, but you can narrow the search by considering these steps:
What down payment for a home have you saved? Have you looked into using your RRSP(s) for a down payment? What can you afford? Have you done some preliminary research with various banks?
Make a list
Make a list of your needs and wants. Do you need an extra bathroom, a garage, a fenced backyard, or lower utility bills? Do you want a fireplace, a short drive to work, or maybe minimal yard work? Once your list is complete, review it and decide what is most important to your lifestyle. Decide which items are “musts” and which you are willing to give up.
Deciding where you want to live may be the single most important factor in choosing a home. Location affects your day-to-day living and is one of the most significant influences on value. Your choice of location may be limited somewhat by the price you can afford. Even so, make sure you consider such things as:
- Distance to work, schools, shopping, and entertainment,
- Proposed changes in land use such as commercial shopping centres and new roads, and potential problems such as noise from a nearby airport or roadway.
Type of home and lot
A single-family detached home is attractive to many people because it typically provides more living space and land area than other types of living units. Typically the detached structure permits you greater freedom (less restrictions) on remodeling, expanding, painting, and altering the appearances of the structure. On the other hand, a condominium may be a more appropriate choice for you, with an emphasis on maintenance-free living.
Size and style
Consider size and style. You may already have in mind a contemporary home with a sun deck or a two-storey Victorian-style with a cozy study. Or maybe you won’t know what you want or like until you see it. Whatever the case, your REALTOR® will listen to your preferences and help find the right home for you.
For further information on buying a home, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has an insightful section “Homebuying Step by Step” on their website.
The Canadian Real Estate Association has put together a homebuyers’ roadmap to help buyers through the proccess of attaining a home.
Benefits of Home Ownership?
Pride of Home Ownership
Pride of home ownership is the number one reason why Canadians desire their own home. There is no landlord looking over your shoulder. You are able to make home improvements knowing that any appreciation that results, will be to your benefit. Home ownership gives you and your family a sense of stability and security. It’s making an investment in your future.
In Canada, especially in the last few years, homes have appreciated considerably and in doing so have added substantially to owners net worth. Unlike stocks and bonds, you get to live in your real estate investment. Also, in Canada your principal residence is exempt from capital gains taxes.
Mortgage Reduction Builds Equity
Each month, part of your monthly payment is applied to the principal balance of your home loan, which builds your equity. You can borrow against a home’s equity for a variety of reasons such as home improvement, sending your kids to university or college, or starting a new business. Why pay-off your landlord’s property when you can own your own?
Homeowners accumulate wealth for the future while enjoying the benefits of a shelter that they have can use, improve and sell. Their home is a safe haven for investment.
Are You Ready to Buy a Home?
First – do you have the financial resources? You should have five percent of the purchase price of a home for the down payment, but ideally even more. Are there other priorities in your life e.g. starting a new business, which require your savings? If not, buying a home should be on your radar.
Second – do you expect to stay in your new home for some time? Moving can be expensive and you will want to build some equity before having to relocate. Your job and home life should be stable.
What Can You Afford?
If you haven’t already gone through the mortgage pre-qualification process, you will need to meet with a lender or mortgage broker. They will establish how much of a mortgage you will qualify for. Mortgage rates vary considerably and it is paramount that you shop around for the best rate, terms and options.
Our Mortgage Calculator will help you determine what monthly mortgage payment and the maximum mortgage you can manage. Note: if you are buying a condo, the amount of your monthly assessment has a direct impact on how much you can afford to spend on your mortgage.
First time home buyers may want to take advantage of the federal government’s Home Buyers’ Plan. Under this plan, you may use up to $25,000 of your RRSP towards the purchase of a home. The money is tax-free as long as you pay it back in the next 15 years. Ask your RE/MAX Sales Associate for details.
Questions To Ask When Assessing Home Features
- Do you need several bedrooms, more than one bathroom, space for a home office, a two-car garage?
- Do you want air conditioning, storage or hobby space, a fireplace, a swimming pool? Do you have family members with special needs?
- Do you plan to have children? Downtown or suburbs? Proximity to recreation or work.
- Do you need a substantial backyard? Pets?
- Is there adequate storage space?
- Will any remodeling be required to make the home move-in ready for you?
- What service providers (cable, Internet, telephone, Satellite) are available in the area, and is the house completely wired for each? Can you hear me now – how good is the cell phone reception?
- How much are the yearly property taxes?
- How much do utilities run each month? Does the house use gas or electric for the furnace, water heater, and appliances?
- How old are the major appliances, and which are included with the house?
- Have there been any major repairs to the house, and if so, when were they completed? For example, how old is the roof? Has water ever damaged the basement or foundation?
- Ever had problems with insects, such as termites and spiders, or rodents?
- Older homes need to be carefully examined – Windows may need caulking or new sashes, bathroom tiles may need grouting, home may need rewiring (planning on a hot tub or sauna?), a new hot water heater, or a new furnace.
Location, Location, Location
- How far will you be commuting and what is the traffic like? Factor in cost of fuel.
- Where will your children attend school and how will they commute?
- Are there recreational facilities and parks close by?
- Are you close to family and friends?
- Is safety or high crime an issue?
- Is the property close to an obstacle or negative influence? (i.e. an apartment building, shopping centre, school, radio tower, power lines, LRT or railroad track, highway, airport or commercial project).
- Access to schools, work, recreation, shopping centres, public transportation, cultural attractions, libraries, churches and hospitals
- Adjacent undeveloped land – what is proposed for this or other green space?
- Heavy traffic can be noise nuisance and hazard for children
- Distance from the unit to amenities, parking, walkways, roads, public transit
- Does the neighborhood reflect positively on the value of the condo and your lifestyle choice?
- Does this neighborhood, for any reason, have a poor reputation?
- Is the future economic climate for the area good? Are businesses moving in? Is there government investment?
- Are people moving in or out of the neighborhood? What is their age, income level, family size?
- Are there plans for this neighborhood that you may be unaware of (i.e. a future highway, a commercial development or a new housing development) that will provide competition on resale?
Noise and Privacy
- Proximity to highways, driveways, parking lots, playgrounds, trains.
- Proximity to elevators, garbage disposal, fire exits, heating and air conditioners.
- How well is the building soundproofed.
- Visit at different times/weekends to check noise levels and activity.
Should I Buy a Condo?
As single family home prices have risen, many consumers have been looking to condominiums as an alternative. First time buyers like the lower prices, which makes entry into the real estate ownership market easier. Seniors like the low maintenance aspect and the ability to be in a community catering to their lifestyle. Others like the security advantages that the building provides, especially for those who travel frequently.
When you purchase a condominium, you purchase and have title to your individual unit in a multi-unit property, and share in the ownership of the land and other common property with all the other unit owners. The type of common property varies depending on the type of condominium – high rise or townhouse for example – and would include hallways, elevators, heating system, parking structures, landscaped areas, recreation areas etc.
A condominium is a specific form of ownership and does not describe a type of building.
One of the great advantages to owning a condominium is that in most cases, it is owner-occupied and owner run. Owners ensure their investment is maintained and regard improvements as an investment which increases the value of their individual unit.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Owning a Condo
If a winter holiday is part of your lifestyle, you can leave with your mind at ease, without the worry of a driveway to clear. In the summer the grass will be cut, you won’t have any exterior painting projects or fence repairs to look after.
Condo projects are now part of most communities which means being able to stay in the same location where you were a homeowner. Some condo projects are more successful than others in terms of capital appreciation and length of time to sell. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of condo ownership:
- protection from rent increases
- monthly cost of owning is often less than renting
- easy financing
- wide range of property types, prices, locations, sizes and amenities available
- availability of amenities such as swimming pool, tennis courts, hot tubs, saunas, whirlpools, exercise facilities, health spas, sun decks, community rooms (the cost of which may otherwise not be affordable)
- you are investing in your own home and build equity
- appreciation of capital value
- pride of ownership
- freedom to make interior changes and enhancements to your unit
- enhanced security availability and peace of mind when leaving unit unattended
- maintenance and upkeep is kept down or eliminated
- security of tenure and permanent occupancy
- cost is often less than single family home due to efficient use of land and economies of scale
- very marketable
- wide range of prices depending on features, luxury and location
- sense of community due to permanence of residents and resulting social activity
- developments available geared to a specific lifestyle (restrictions on age, pets, children etc.)
- participation of owners in operation of development including budgeting, decision making, determination of rules and by-laws.
- some loss of freedom may be experienced due to rules and by-laws e.g. type of pets allowed, right to rent unit etc.
- due to a larger concentration of people you may experience problems with the “5 p’s”, pets, parties, parking, personality and people.
- money is tied up in equity
- you may be paying for some amenities you never use
- boards of directors vary in terms of skill and effectiveness
Common Element Fees
As a unit owner you will be responsible for your share of expenses known as common element fees or common expenses. These are set out in the condo declaration. It describes what expenses are to be shared and in what proportion. This can be equal or unequal in cases where they are based on the comparative size of the units.
The exterior and common area maintenance of your condo is covered by your common element fee. The fees are usually paid monthly in accordance with the budgeted expenses. Of course if your condo has more amenities such as a swimming pool, on-site security personnel etc. your fees will reflect the extra services.
Reserve or contingency funds are set up by the condominium corporation to cover major or unexpected expenses. The developer of a new condominium usually sets up a fund which is then turned over to the condo corp. The fund becomes an asset of the corporation and each year the unit owners decide on what the level should be. The individual owner does not have any rights to the Reserve Fund.
Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Condo
- Is the unit competitively priced with others currently on the market?
- Have you taken into account the amenities offered?
- What is the resale potential?
- Have the units appreciated?
- Are other unit owners in your financial bracket? If higher they may vote for services you can not afford, if lower they may vote down changes you would like to see.
- Security is a key factor in choosing a condominium. The type of security will vary depending on the type of condo you choose and special care must be taken to ensure it meets your lifestyle requirements. What security features exist or are planned – suite alarms, TV surveillance, controlled access? Here are the factors you should consider or the questions you should get answers to.
- Doors – Are they solid wood or metal and equipped with dead-bolts and peepholes? Do patio doors have effective locks?
- Parking – how is access controlled? Electronically?
- Intercom – is there a good working system?
- Lighting – is property well lit in all areas – hallways, parking, fire escapes entrances and exits?
- Balconies – are they accessible from the ground or adjacent units?
- Mailbox – are numbers different from apartment and parking spaces?
- Alarms – is there wiring for home security alarms in every unit or suite?
- If possible check on the condo’s record for break-ins and vandalism by asking local authorities or current residents.
Common Elements and Facilities
- What amenities are offered, what are the hours of use, is there a separate cost?
- What is common element fee and what is included? History of increases?
- Are there any exclusive use common elements (reserved for one or more unit holders)?
Parking and Storage Facilities
- What is included in the purchase? Some parking and storage may be separate and legally defined units you own, others are common property allocated to the owner and subject to reallocation by the Board, others are exclusive use elements designated for the use of a unit, pursuant to provisions in the Declaration.
- What parking/storage is required and can you rent or buy additional spots/space?
- Is there visitors parking available?
Quality of Construction
- What types of materials were used in construction? Are the facilities in good condition? How old is the building?
- Find out if the corporation has done a reserve fund study (estimate of the remaining life of the various components, cost of replacement, and contributions needed to ensure funds are available for anticipated repairs and replacements)
- What is the reputation of the developer?
Design and Layout
- Size of suite and rooms – adequate for furniture?
- What exterior changes can you make?
- Can you add solarium to balcony?
Owner Occupied vs. Tenants
- How many units are owner occupied vs. tenant occupied? Is there a maximum? Are there rental policies and what are they?
- Is project managed by a professional company, resident manager or self-managed?
- How well has the building been maintained?
- Does it fit your personality/lifestyle?
Ask your RE/MAX agent for the complete set of building rules and regulations. Are there any restrictions you require/don’t want – pets, children, age, number of people per suite, carrying on business in a suite? Most condos have a long list of association rules and regulations by which you’ll have to agree to abide if you purchase in the building. These rules may limit the number, type, and weight of pets; how many visitors you can have at any one time; how often – and for how long – you can rent out your unit (if at all); when and how you can reserve common facilities like the party room; when you can have work done in your unit; and, what day you can move.
- What will be your monthly operating cost?
- Have there been any special assessments in the last two years and are any planned?
- Which utilities are common and which are individually metered?
- What are the property taxes?
- What insurance do you need and what is covered by the corporation?
- Ask to see the past two years worth of condo board meeting minutes, as well as the last two years’ of budgets and the current year’s projected budget. What are the owners concerns?
- Are there any large-scale improvement projects planned? How much will they cost and how are they to be funded?
- Has there been a review of the reserve fund to ensure it is adequate? Is the building fiscally responsible? Are any fees/owners in arrears?
- Check the reputation of the developer with people living in other projects they have done or project you are looking at.
- What is the cost for set up of a reserve fund (one time up front fee)?
- What are the landscaping plans?
- What warranties are being offered – is the project covered by a New Home Warranty Program? What are the terms of this warranty? Contact the organization offering the warranty and find out exactly what is covered and what restrictions are involved. What specific timelines builders must work to and what dispute resolution services are offered? What clout does the warranty organization have with builders in settling a dispute?
- How many elevators are there and how fast are they?
- Are units wired for cable TV and telephone at the developers cost?
- Does the corporation have a proposed operating budget? – If so, obtain a copy.
Arranging financing for your home can often be a confusing process, with many options to choose from. That’s why it’s important to talk to the experts. In this section RE/MAX brings you detailed information on home financing from TD Canada Trust. You’ll find expert advice and the tools you need to make arranging a mortgage an easy and comfortable experience.
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Making the Mortgage Decision
You’ve found the perfect home. Before you buy, it’s important to make sure that you have a mortgage payment plan that works for you:
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Understanding the Right Mortgage Payment Plan for You
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Home Purchase Expenses
There are many costs that homebuyers incur, especially upon purchasing your first home. Some of the expenses related to buying a home are one-time costs, while others are continuing costs.
Your largest outlay is the down payment. As a first time buyer, this would likely represent only 5 – 10% of the purchase price. Be prepared to pay for additional costs, such as:
- Legal Fees & Disbursements
- GST and PST (if applicable)
- Land Transfer Tax
- Property taxes and adjustments (reimbursed to the vendor)
- Interest on interim financing, if any
- Utility Payments
- Strata or Condominium Fees
- Estoppel certificate fee
- Survey Fee
- Home Inspection Fee
- Water quality and quantity certificate
- Appraisal Fee
- Mortgage broker’s fee (if applicable)
- Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium (if less than 20% down)
- Mortgage Loan Insurance Application Fee (if less than 20% down)
- Moving Expenses
- Renovations and repairs
- Furniture, paint, carpeting, window coverings, etc.
- Service and Utility Hook-up Fees
- Property/Condominium Insurance
- Mortgage Application Fee
- Deed and/or Mortgage Registration Fee
Additionally, once you have purchased your home, you will incur regular expenses on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. Some of these costs include:
- Mortgage Payment
- Water and/or Sewer Payments
- Electricity and Gas Services
- Cable, Telephone and Internet Services
- Property Taxes
- Strata or Condo Fees
- Repair/Maintenance Expenses
- Homeowner’s Insurance
How to Make an Offer
When you have found a home you are interested in buying, your RE/MAX Sales Associate will walk you through the process of drafting an offer to purchase. Your sales associate will communicate the offer to the seller or the seller’s real estate agent for you. Some properties are in demand and you will not be the only interested party making an offer. Your RE/MAX Sales Associate will assist you in generating an offer that is reasonable and protects your interests using specified terms and conditions.
An offer can be drafted with or without conditions; an offer without conditions is known as a firm offer and one with conditions is known as a conditional offer. A conditional offer represents the party with the placement of certain conditions on the purchase. Some of these conditions could be “subject to financing approval”, “subject to the strata council allowing pets”, “subject to the buyer’s house selling”, “subject to an approved home inspection”, among many others.
The seller may accept your initial offer, reject your offer or present a counter-offer. The counter-offer may differ from your original offer in respect to price, conditions, the closing date or any other items. Offers can be countered back and forth between the parties until one of you accepts or rejects, ending the negotiations.
There are many components of an offer that you should be aware of and understand. Your RE/MAX Sales Associate will answer your questions and explain the entire process to you so that you are comfortable with the steps involved.
An offer includes certain “terms”, which specify the total price offered and how the financing will be arranged, such as if you will arrange your own with a financial institution or mortgage broker or if you wish to take over the seller’s mortgage (assumability).
Inclusions and Exclusions
These are specifications within the offer that detail the items to be included or excluded from the purchase of the property. Typical inclusions are appliances, window coverings, fixtures and decorative pieces.
A deposit is provided from the buyer to the seller as a token of the buyer’s assurance and intention to buy the property involved. The deposit is applied against the purchase price of the home once the sale has closed. Your RE/MAX Sales Associate can assist you in proposing a certain and appropriate amount for the deposit.
Items that are usually put in place to protect a party’s interests upon selling or buying the property and refer to things that must occur or be in place before the sale closes.
This is usually the date that the legal ownership of the property transfers from the seller to the buyer and, unless otherwise noted, when the funds for the purchase are concluded.
When the buyer takes possession as specified in contract oif purchase sale.
This is the amount that the buyer is offering to pay for the property. The price is usually dependent on market conditions and may differ from the seller’s current asking price.
Purchasing a home involves a lot of paperwork, most of which are contractual documents that will legally bind you to the numerous terms and conditions. For this reason it is important to have a good lawyer or notary public acting for you. Someone to protect your rights and interests.
Finding a Lawyer/Notary Public
If you don’t have a lawyer or notary public, you can look for a referral from friends, family or business acquaintances. Look for someone with real estate experience and discuss their fee scales. Your RE/MAX Sales Associate can help you locate a reliable professional, whom you feel comfortable working with.
Lawyer’s/Notary Public’s Function
You will need a lawyer or notary public to process your purchase and ensure the terms are met:
- the correct property is purchased
- transfered title to your name
- ensureed title is free and clear of prior owners encumbrances
- your mortgage is registered properly on title
The legal process varies from province to province within Canada. Specifically, you will need to consult with your chosen legal professional and he/she will explain the process and the steps that need to be completed before you get the keys to your new home.
Your lawyer/notary public will prepare a “Statement of Adjustments” outlining all the financial aspects of your sale.
Legal Fees and Disbursements
The difference between legal fees and disbursements is analogous to the parts and labour you pay when fixing your car. Your RE/MAX Sales Associate can help you locate a reliable professional, whom you feel comfortable working with.
A home inspection is an objective visual examination of a home’s structure and systems.
Why get a home inspection?
There are a number of reasons why RE/MAX recommends a home inspection including:
- To ensure you are not surprised by major defects
- So you can be advised about the various elements of the home including – heating and cooling systems, structure, electrical and plumbing
- To learn about how the mechanical systems work and need to be maintained
- Most homeowners are not expert in the numerous components of house construction
- A third party can be objective as there is no emotional attachment
Who should you hire?
Home inspectors are often referred by family or friends. Your RE/MAX agent can also provide you with a list of inspectors. Look for one that is trained and certified by a national organization such as Canadian Association of Home Inspectors (CAHI) or National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI) and who has errors and omissions insurance. Do not hire someone who will do any suggested work due to the conflict of interest.
When should you call?
Order the inspection after your offer has been accepted. The contact will stipulate the length of time you have to complete the inspection.
What is involved?
The home inspection will determine the structural and mechanical soundness of the home. Your home inspector can identify existing and potential problem areas, suggest possible solutions and provide estimates for the cost of the work required. You will receive a report outlining the inspection findings. You should accompany the home inspector during the inspection or arrange to meet them at the home so they can walk you through the report. If as a result of the inspection, you have further concerns, have a specialist in that area conduct a more extensive examination.
What does it cost?
Costs vary depending on a number of factors including:
Size and location of the home, features, age, and services required. Additional services may include radon, septic and well testing. Your RE/MAX agent can assist you in obtaining a quote from a potential inspector before you enlist his/her services.
Mortgage lending is a highly competitive field. Information on mortgage rates, which can change daily, is available in local newspapers, through mortgage brokers, from individual lenders and of course through conventional financial institutions. When you are shopping for a loan, interest rates tell just part of the story. You will also need to study the various fees lenders charge and many mortgages today are almost custom-tailored to individual needs with many options available.
Ask your Agent
Your RE/MAX real estate professional can recommend lenders to check with prior to beginning any serious house hunting so you will know exactly what you can afford.
For further information, please contact a mortgage broker in your area or TD Canada Trust at http://www.tdcanadatrust.com/
Mistake #1. Not Getting Pre-Qualified for a Mortgage
Before looking for your next home take the time to get pre-qualified by the bank or mortgage broker you choose. This can save you hours of searching for homes in the wrong price range or worse, purchasing a home and then finding out you don’t qualify for financing. Pre-qualifying gives you peace of mind, helps narrow your search criteria and most importantly, gives your RE/MAX agent a negotiating edge by being able to alleviate the sellers concern over financing. The latter is especially important should a competing offer surface.
Mistake #2. Not Shopping For Mortgage Terms
Rates are negotiable! Banks will sharpen their pencils to get your business especially if you have a good credit rating and bring other business to them e.g. RRSP’s, general account, savings etc. Posted rates should viewed as a starting point. You need to know what the best rate is and this is usually done by get competitive quotes. Also, ask whether the bank will cover appraisal fees, and about buy-out fees, penalties, payment options, portability etc. The time spent can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the mortgage.
Mistake #3. Not Getting Professional Inspections
Nobody wants to purchase a home only to find out later there are defects, latent or otherwise. Ensure you obtain inspections where needed e.g. home inspection, structural engineer, insect, radon etc. If the inspection identifies deficiencies you may be able to negotiate the purchase price to cover required repairs or make your satisfaction of the inspection subject to the homeowner remedying the problem. Your RE/MAX agent can advise you on inspections you should consider.
Mistake #4. Not Using A Professional Real Estate Agent.
Your RE/MAX agent can help you make a purchase with the least amount of problems. He or she can ensure the price you pay is market value. They can offer expert advice on what to look for, conditions to include, negotiation strategy etc. After all, they work for you.
Mistake #5. Buying First Before Selling
If price is important you should always sell your present home before buying another. It has the advantage in letting you know exactly how much money you will have available for your next purchase. Selling your home first allows you to place fewer conditions on your purchase which makes your offer more attractive to a seller. They often will demand more money to take a “subject to” offer which takes their home off the market. The other advantage is if you find a terrific house, chances are others will also find it attractive and you stand to lose it if you can’t make an unconditional offer.
Mistake #6. Not Knowing The Full Cost Of Home Buying
Know all the costs associated with your purchase. Consider the following costs: legal fees, transfer tax, property taxes, new home landscaping, fencing, appliances, window coverings.
Become your own interior designer with the help of the RE/MAX Space Planner. Thanks to our easy-to-use software, you can choose furniture to fit the exact measurements of the rooms in your home. Experiment with different combinations, swap things around and try different styles until you’re satisfied with the result. You can view and print out the best options, with all the measurements, just like an architect.
Once you’re happy with your plan, save it for viewing at a later time, perhaps on site while viewing your new dream home.
RE/MAX has what you need to sell your home or help you find the right one to buy.
Real estate is what RE/MAX agents are passionate about. We have full-time, experienced professionals dedicated to serving you who can offer you additional expertise not found at other real estate firms. Choose Wisely. Choose RE/MAX.
RE/MAX Websites – Valuable Exposure for Your Listing
Through our massive online, television, outdoor and print ad campaigns, prospective buyers go to our websites remax.ca and global.remax.com to search for listings in their cities and towns. In 2013, over 5.2 million ads are planned for Western Canada, generating valuable exposure for your listing in possibly 80 countries around the world.
If you’d like to check out a property on the go, check out remax.ca. No need to download any extra applications, remax.ca is designed to be compatible with all smartphones. You will be able to login to your RE/MAX account, view your favorites and do virtually anything you can do on a desktop.
RE/MAX Fit to Sell Video Series
Get your home in showhome condition! Studies have proven that a properly prepared home will show better and sell quicker. RE/MAX has a series of 18 short, easy tips videos to help prepare your home so you get the best possible price.
Sellers’ Action Plan
Your RE/MAX agent can offer you a step-by-step guide to help you get your home in top condition so it sells quicker and for a better price.
Buyer’s Report Card
When viewing homes, your RE/MAX agent will give you the Buyer’s Report Card which helps you rate each home as you view it. What type of street appeal does the home have? What is your first impression of the home? Rate your feelings while you tour the home and write your comments on the form.
Condo Buyer’s Report Card
If you are on your way to look for a condo to buy, ask your RE/MAX associate for the Condo Buyer’s Report Card. The report card contains key questions such as: Does this building have an elevator, view, balcony, etc.?
A RE/MAX exclusive program offered by participating RE/MAX associates, Tranquilli-T is insurance to ensure buyers and sellers are protected and your sale or purchase proceeds in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
The RE/MAX Collection of Fine Homes and Luxury Properties
RE/MAX sells more high-end luxury homes than any other national brand. RE/MAX associates using The RE/MAX Collection branded yard signs are dedicated to serving your luxury property needs.
RE/MAX Helps our Clients Win!
Win tickets to a local WHL hockey game and grand prizes in our RE/MAX Home Team Contest during the WHL hockey season. Consult WHL.ca and look for the RE/MAX Home Team Contest logo. We are the Official Real Estate Agents of the WHL.
We Give Back to our Communities
RE/MAX Miracle Home Program®
RE/MAX associates have generously donated over $122,000,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network since 1992. When you market your home with a participating agent, the Miracle Home sign topper will be placed on your RE/MAX yard sign to show that your agent is donating a portion of their income from the sale of that home to a Children’s Miracle Network member hospital.
National Organ Donor Awareness
RE/MAX shows support for National Organ Donor Awareness Week and the need for organ and transplant registrations. For information go to www.liveon.ca
Sold on A Cure
Your participating RE/MAX associate generously donates a portion of their income on the sale of your home to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and displays the Sold on A Cure sign topper on your RE/MAX yard sign.
Quest for Excellence Grade 12 Student Bursaries
Every school year, RE/MAX awards $16,000 to deserving Grade 12 students in our annual Quest for Excellence. Since 2000, RE/MAX of Western Canada has awarded over $160,000 to Western Canadian students. Click here to apply.
Market Trends Reports
When you need information about what is happening in the real estate market, turn to our Market Trends Reports and you will find out what RE/MAX, the national leader in market share, has to say. Check Newsroom at remax.ca for our latest reports.
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