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OK We Are Buying

Once you’ve found the home you’re interested in, it’s time to make an offer. Deciding what to offer is one of the most difficult decisions to make. Offer too little and you stand a chance of losing the house (particularly in a seller’s market). On the other hand, nobody wants to pay more for something than it’s worth.

We at Properties in Victoria Professionals can help you enormously by showing you what comparable houses are selling for, helping you assess the condition of the house, and judging the type of competition you may face. Once you have decided on the price you are prepared to offer, we Properties in Victoria Professionals will draft the offer and explain the details to you.

We will communicate the offer, sometimes known as an Offer to Purchase (a legal document specifying the offers terms and conditions) to the seller, or the seller’s representative, on your behalf.

The offer can be firm or conditional.

Firm Offer to Purchase: usually preferable to the seller, because it means that you are prepared to purchase the home without any conditions. If the offer is accepted, the home is yours.

Conditional Offer to Purchase: means that you have placed one or more conditions on the purchase, such as subject to home inspection, subject to financing, or subject to the sale of the buyer’s existing home. The home is not sold until all the conditions have been met.

So let’s put pen to paper:

When you’re making an offer to buy a home, there are six main elements to consider:

  1. Price
    The price you offer reflects your opinion of the value of the house and is determined by the condition of the property and local market factors. You can make any offer you like. It does not have to be the same as the seller’s asking price.
  2. Deposit
    The deposit shows your good faith and will be applied against the purchase of the home when the sale closes. Your Royal LePage Realtor can advise you on an appropriate amount.
  3. Terms
    Include the total price offered and the financing details. You may arrange your own financing or ask to assume the seller’s mortgage, especially if it has an attractive interest rate.
  4. Conditions
    Conditions are items that must be completed or fulfilled prior to an offer being concluded. These can include subject to home inspection, subject to you obtaining financing, or subject to you selling your existing property.
  5. Inclusions and exclusions
    Your offer may be contingent on certain items being either included or excluded in the sale. These might include appliances, fixtures, and decorative items, such as window coverings or mirrors.
  6. Closing or possession date
    The closing date is generally the day the title of the property is legally transferred and the transaction of funds finalized, unless otherwise specified (except in Manitoba and Quebec). In British Columbia the possession date is legally one to three days after closing.

More in our next blog.

If you are planning to purchase real estate in Victoria BC in the future, just let us know. Our team of professionals has the knowledge and know how to meet your needs. Contact Bill or David at Properties In Victoria Professional™ team. You can consult their Victoria Real Estate website www.PropertiesInVictoria.com or just email Bill and Dave

Cheers,

Bill

Properties in Victoria Professionals- Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty

Bill has been a REALTOR® in Victoria since 2006. Originally from the Vancouver area, Bill moved to Victoria to attend the University of Victoria where he received his Bachelor of Science. Not only does Bill have a wealth of real estate knowledge he is also an active member of the community. He is a member of Triple Shot Cycling Club, Island Road Racers and is the Race Director for the Sooke River 10K.

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