Preparing to Buy

Thinking about buying a home? You've come to the right place. At Royal LePage, our goal is to help you make smart real estate choices. Buying a new home is a big decision, and there’s a lot you need to know before signing on the dotted line. In this section you’ll find information and 22advice about every step of the home buying process, from determining how much house you can afford to presenting an offer you can live with. And when you’re ready to start your real estate search, count on Royal LePage to show you the way. We’ll help you find the right home, in the right neighbourhood in Windsor & Essex County, at the best price.

Did you know that Windsor is one of five cities named as most affordable to buy a home in Canada? Click here for more info: “The Salary You Need to Buy a Home in Canada” 

Click here for information on the 100-MILE PENINSULA

Click here for the CUSTOMER CHECKLIST FOR PURCHASE

Click here for the NEWCOMERS CHECKLIST 

Click here for SALERY QUESTIONS

Click here for the HOME MAINTENANCE SCHDEDULE

Click here for the PPI CALCULATOR

Click here for TERANET (Access to Ontario's Electronic Land Registration System)

Click here for GENWORTH CANADA INFOGRAPHIC: OUR VERY FIRST HOME

CLick here for CMHC RESOURCES AND TOOLS

Click here for CMHC HOME BUYERS GUIDE

  1. Helping you finance your homeHelping you finance your home
  2. Helping you assess your needs and wantsHelping you assess your needs and wants
  3. Helping you with your home searchHelping you with your home search
  4. Helping you make an offerHelping you make an offer
  5. Helping you close your homeHelping you close your home
  6. Finding a homeFinding a home
  7. Finding the right neighbourhood for youFinding the right neighbourhood for you
  8. The true cost of home buyingThe true cost of home buying
  9. Tips on income propertiesTips on income properties

Preparing to buy

Needs vs. Wants
Learn how your agent can help you assess your needs and wants so you can purchase the right home at the right price. Separating your must-have features from the ones you …
Types of Ownership
An overview of factors you should consider when making a condo purchase. Freehold, condo or co-op? Here’s a quick guide to help you determine your type As you embar…
Understanding Market Conditions
How supply and demand on the housing market impact your buying strategy Think back to high school economics. Remember those lessons on the laws of supply and demand, and …
First-Time Buyer
The owning advantage (and some added incentive) Two out of three Canadian families own a house – that's one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world. And f…
 

Viewing Homes

Choosing a Neighbourhood
Find the right real estate in Canada for you When it comes to Canadian real estate we’re fortunate to have clean, livable cities, neat and attractive subdivisions, …
House Hunting
Top ten tips to make your house-hunting experience stress-free: 1. Hire a real estate agent – As residential real estate experts, their wealth of experience, techni…
How Your Agent Can Help
Real estate agents: your guide through the real estate wilderness Think of your sales representative like a wilderness guide. Just as the wilderness guide keeps you on th…
Visiting Open Houses
View an open house with open eyes You’ve found a gorgeous home, in the right neighbourhood, at the right price, and it’s finally time to tour the open house. …
 

Making an Offer

Elements of an Offer to Purchase
Putting it in writing for the seller After much deliberation, you have finally selected the home of your dreams. What now? Do you knock on the seller’s door with a …
Hiring a Legal Professional
Why you need a real estate lawyer When it comes to complex legal documents, it takes a pro to decode the legalese and ensure that the letter of the law is working to prot…
Inspections and Appraisals
Invest in peace of mind: have your dream home professionally inspected Buying a home without having a professional house inspection is a little like buying a car when all…
Negotiating
Counteract those counter-offer blues by negotiating the terms wisely So, you search high and low and finally settle on the house you want to call home. You sit down with …
 

Closing the Purchase

Closing Costs to Consider
What fees will you own on closing day? Buying a home can be hectic. You’re coordinating meetings, arranging for financing and the house inspection, and making movin…
Land Transfer Tax
“In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Ben Franklin knew that inevitability back in the 18th century. You didn’t really think you were going to get away …
 
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