Purchasing a property is one of the biggest decisions a person makes in their lifetime.
We provide all the tools to make it a stress-free experience.
Please join me at our free monthly buyers workshop. We walk you through all of the steps that go into the home buying process as well as discuss the health and outlook of the market and introduce you to the best mortgage team and real estate lawyer in the business. Did I mention there is wine and cheese?
Aside from our all inclusive search tool, our property updates program sends you listings based on your criteria straight to your inbox, as soon as they become available. In addition to this, your agent will always be on the lookout for exclusive off market properties and new developments that might be of interest to you.
The Toronto real estate market is extremely competitive.
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You may have narrowed down on your new home, but whether you’re purchasing a house or a condo there are things you should ask the seller or developer before signing your name on the dotted line. See below for a few of our most frequently asked questions.
I’m looking to purchase a century home in relatively good condition, but I’m weary of old electrical work/plumbing. What do I need to know?
Many older homes were built with “knob and tube” wiring and require fuses. These homes are more difficult to insure, and it can be quite costly to replace/modernize the entire home’s wiring. Same goes for plumbing – when was the last time things were renovated or replaced? Make sure to ask!
There is no garage in the house I’m interested in purchasing.
There are various forms of parking, and in the city it comes at a premium. Street permit parking, attached and detached garage parking, and shared parking pads are all options and can effect the value of a property. Understand what you your needs are, and what you are getting. Close to the streetcar/subway line? Short commute to work? Ditch the car and look into a Zipcar membership!
I’m interested in a buying pre-construction unit as an investment, and eventually moving in myself. However, I’ve heard mixed reviews about the builder.
Do your research (your Realtor is a great resource!). Not all buildings are created equal. Choosing a property built by a reputable developer can save you headaches with issues down the road. In addition, “trendy” buildings tend to build up a following and are easier to sell in the future.
The building I’m looking to buy in is beautiful, but the maintenance fees are steep. What do they usually cover?
Maintenance fees are costs that cover the cleaning, repair and upkeep of a building as well as amenities such as concierge and exercise room. This does not include any maintenance of your actual unit (heat, hydro etc.). A wide variety of amenities might seem enticing but if you aren’t going to use them you may want to avoid buildings with too many.
As a first time home buyer, I can pleasantly express great satisfaction with the Blue Elephant team in helping me to find my dream condo. The attention that my Realtor dedicated to me was exceptional, he always took action to communicate. He has a very solid understanding of his market and found me the best premium I could get. I am very satisfied to have had the assistance of the Blue Elephant team to walk me through and find an amazing place to call home.
My husband and I just bought our first home. We were nervous about entering the real estate market and dealing with agents. The Blue Elephant team couldn’t have made the purchase of our first home any more fun, seamless and stress free. Our Realtor was prompt in replying to my numerous phone calls and emails. He made every effort to meet us and go to showings whenever best suited our schedule. Not to mention, we got the first house we put an offer on! We can’t wait to work with him in the years ahead. Thanks, Blue Elephant!
Blue Elephant's dedication to finding us what we were looking for was unparalleled. Our Realtor not only found us a home in a location that we were seeking, but she also displayed strong business tact and professionalism throughout the entire process. She demonstrated a high level of commitment to ensuring that we were pleased with the home that we purchased, as she repeatedly went the extra distance to ensure that the overall process was as smooth as possible. Her objectivity, transparency, and flexibility established trust, which is both a highly sought-after and extremely valuable trait of a realtor.