Tips on Buying a New Home

Home buying is an important personal decision and a big financial investment. You want to find the home that’s right for you and the builder who provides the best value and service. Here are some tips to help make the buying process enjoyable and successful.

Do Your Research
Know what you want, what’s available and how the buying process works before you start thinking seriously about signing a contract. Browse through newspapers and magazines. Consult with family, friends and co-workers. Attend a seminar for first-time home buyers. Check the Internet. Visit model homes and talk with builders and their sales agents.

Pre-arrange your mortgage
If you are like most of us, you will borrow funds to finance your home purchase. Talk to your lender about mortgages early in the process. Knowing in advance how much you can spend comfortably and getting pre-approval for a mortgage means you can proceed from “just looking” to a signed contract with confidence.

Check the builder’s qualifications
There are many reputable builders who provide exceptional service and build great homes – both lowrise and highrise. As you talk with builders or their salespeople, ask questions: How long has the company been in business? Is it a member of the local home builders association? Will the builder give you references of previous new home projects? What after-sales service is offered? Does the builder offer an independent third-party warranty and, if so, what does it cover? “Personal fit” is also important: Does the builder or salesperson listen to you, understand your needs, and offer useful advice?

Check the home carefully
Whether a builder has a model home, a sales office or sells directly from plans, you’ll have an opportunity to look closely at the quality of the home and what’s included. The builder’s specifications list will detail the construction materials and finishing products. Ask to see a description and samples of the standard features included in the base price of the house, along with the description and cost of options the builder offers. When viewing a model home, don’t hesitate to try out windows, open drawers, look into every nook and cranny, and inspect the home’s mechanical system.

Understand the total cost of buying
Get detailed prices and estimates on everything involved in buying a home. Your builder and lender can advise you on the costs of securing a mortgage, taxes and so on. Ask your lawyer to give you a detailed breakdown of closing costs. Call movers for estimates. Determine if you need to buy new appliance, window coverings or furnishings.

Consult with a lawyer
Before you hire a lawyer, it’s a good idea to ask for a detailed estimate of fees for service.

Be realistic
Quality, solidity, good products, service – these are the things that add up to real value for the long term. Your objective is to find the home that provides the best overall value within your budget. A professional builder will work with you to find the right balance of features that will work well for you.

For more information on new homes or renovations visit the Canadian Home Builders Association website at

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Why Choose Me?

My Clients are my number one priority!

I am 100% dedicated to negotiating the best possible price on your behalf. I know you want the most money obtainable for your home and I can help you achieve that.

I am also committed to providing first-class service and will protect your best interests at all times throughout the process.

Take full advantage of my Exclusive 12-step Marketing Plan which includes a free home styling consultation with a top expert in the field and a professional photography session.

I am avaiable seven days a weeks to show your home, answer questions or accept offers.

Together we can set up realistic goals so that I can deliver on expectations.

I will…

  • Give your home maximum market exposure through the multiple listing service – 90% of all resale homes are sold through the MLS which provides an extensive database of all available properties.
  • Provide invaluable advice through my experience, training and access to the MLS database.
  • Determine a fair listing price by executing a comparative market analysis focusing on geographical location, condition, competition and recent sales.
  • Search the MLS database for sold, active and expired listings in order to interpret current trends and establish a range of fair pricing.
  • Match your information with my purchaser files to search for a possible purchaser.
  • Update purchasers daily through my purchaser profiles which matches all properties with the needs of the individual purchaser.
  • Monitor monthly and historical sold statistics to ensure property prices reflect current market conditions.
  • Preview new listings through virtual tours and MLS open houses.
  • Ensure informed decisions are made for a WIN-WIN TRANSACTION.
  • Your listing will be added to our SEO google friendly database, google maps search by location and all major internet search and networking platforms.
  • With a regular email RSS feed sent out to thousands of our subscribers every week, your listing will be sure to attract targeted attention.

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My Marketing Process

When you engage the services of Sutton Group Associates Realty inc., brokerage, the first thing we do is prepare a Personalized Home Marketing Plan that includes an analysis of competitive properties currently on the market and similar properties that have been recently sold.

We will then establish what we believe to be the fair market value of your property and in partnership with you, will establish the asking price.

Suggest possible improvements that will positively affect selling price.

Explain your role in the selling process to maximize your selling price and minimize any inconvenience to you.

Make all necessary arrangements to market your property for sale on an Exclusive or MLS basis.

We harness the power of the Internet by employing a dedicated webmaster to manage the various online marketing tactics. As Google powers over 70% of search we strive to stay on top of searches by using the full suite of Google tools and following the changing SEO page rank trends. We ensure all listed units appear not only in search results but also on the Google real estate maps database.

Equally important as search is advertising online, we make use of relevant targeted advertising to specific targeted audiences. We implement the ads by using the following online advertising services:

  • Google Adwords
  • Facebook Advertising

Another online audience we cater for is the Social Media Community. By posting links to listings and giving brief descriptions via a growing number of platforms we achieve a vast international audience. We make use of the following social networking platforms:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Thexyz
  • Digg
  • Reddit
  • Youtube
  • Blog Catalogue
  • Technorati

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