How to Make an Offer
The process...When you have found a home you are interested in buying, the Rob Grey Team will walk you through the process of drafting an offer to purchase. Your sales associate will communicate the offer to the seller or the seller's real estate agent for you. Some properties are in demand and you will not be the only interested party making an offer. We will assist you in generating an offer that is reasonable and protects your interests using specified terms and conditions.
An offer can be drafted with or without conditions; an offer without conditions is known as a firm offer and one with conditions is known as a conditional offer. A conditional offer represents the party with the placement of certain conditions on the purchase. Some of these conditions could be "subject to financing approval", "subject to the strata council allowing pets", "subject to the buyer's house selling", "subject to an approved home inspection", among many others.
The seller may accept your initial offer, reject your offer or present a counter-offer. The counter-offer may differ from your original offer in respect to price, conditions, the closing date or any other items. Offers can be countered back and forth between the parties until one of you accepts or rejects, ending the negotiations.
There are many components of an offer that you should be aware of and understand. We will answer your questions and explain the entire process to you so that you are comfortable with the steps involved.
TermsAn offer includes certain "terms", which specify the total price offered and how the financing will be arranged, such as if you will arrange your own with a financial institution or mortgage broker or if you wish to take over the seller's mortgage (assumability).
Inclusions and ExclusionsThese are specifications within the offer that detail the items to be included or excluded from the purchase of the property. Typical inclusions are appliances, window coverings, fixtures and decorative pieces.
DepositA deposit is provided from the buyer to the seller as a token of the buyer's assurance and intention to buy the property involved. The deposit is applied against the purchase price of the home once the sale has closed. The Rob Grey Team can assist you in proposing a certain and appropriate amount for the deposit.
ConditionsItems that are usually put in place to protect a party's interests upon selling or buying the property and refer to things that must occur or be in place before the sale closes.
Closing DateThis is usually the date that the legal ownership of the property transfers from the seller to the buyer and, unless otherwise noted, when the funds for the purchase are concluded.
Possession DateWhen the buyer takes possession as specified in contract oif purchase sale.
Purchase PriceThis is the amount that the buyer is offering to pay for the property. The price is usually dependent on market conditions and may differ from the seller's current asking price.
Legal NeedsPurchasing a home involves a lot of paperwork, most of which are contractual documents that will legally bind you to the numerous terms and conditions. For this reason it is important to have a good lawyer or notary public acting for you. Someone to protect your rights and interests.
Finding a Lawyer/Notary PublicIf you don't have a lawyer or notary public, you can look for a referral from friends, family or business acquaintances. Look for someone with real estate experience and discuss their fee scales. We can help you locate a reliable professional, whom you feel comfortable working with.
Lawyer's/Notary Public's FunctionYou will need a lawyer or notary public to process your purchase and ensure the terms are met:
- the correct property is purchased
- transfered title to your name
- ensureed title is free and clear of prior owners encumbrances
- your mortgage is registered properly on title
Your lawyer/notary public will prepare a "Statement of Adjustments" outlining all the financial aspects of your sale.