Autumn is typically a popular season for house hunting and home ownership will be one of your biggest investments and for many it will be life changing. Read below on some advice on how to secure your new condo or townhome and to best prepare for these exciting next steps.
Book an Appointment
After researching developments in various neighbourhoods and narrowing down to your favourite project, you are excited and ready to write on your new home. The first step is to book an appointment with a member of the sales team. It is recommended to have your realtor with you at this session.
Review Purchase Documents
Prior to writing your contract, you will be given a copy of the Disclosure Statement, a legal document outlining everything you need to know about the development. Read the Disclosure Statement for important information from the deposit structure and timing of payments, completion process, parking, bylaws to the building's estimated strata fee and completion date. Your realtor and sales representative can help to answer any questions you may have about this critical document.
During your appointment, a sales representative will help you prepare the purchase contract. You will be required to show two pieces of identification and to have a cheque or bank draft ready for your initial deposit, the amount can be communicated prior to your visit.
Home Selection and Customization
This is an exciting time as a new homebuyer, at the contract meeting you will select a specific strata lot identifying your floor plan and floor level. Depending on the project, you will also be able to customize the colour scheme that suits your style and choose options for things like parking and storage. The contract of purchase and sale will contain the legal description of your home, outline the deposit structure and timing of payments as well as any pertinent details regarding your new home.
Seven Day Home Buyer Decision Period
While you are confident in your decision to purchase your new home, pre-sale homes located in B.C. have a seven-day rescission period from when you sign your contract that allows the buyer to cancel without penalty. After this period, your contract is legally binding, and both parties are expected to execute their obligations as per the terms.
To enjoy your new home purchase, always ask questions and clarify the details of your contract and the process as projects complete in two to three years.