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Buying a home is a big decision, and all aspects should be carefully thought about before any choices are made. You want to find your dream home within a reasonable budget, so you may decide to cut some corners by carefully analyzing the things you want over the things you need in hopes of staying within that budget.

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While making these decisions, you might decide to skip using a Buyer's Agent. Here's why this isn't a good choice:

  • It’s free! The cost of using a Buyer’s Agent is covered by the seller out of the sale of their home. This means that choosing to use an agent will not only make your home buying journey much easier, but it won’t add a single penny to your budget.
  • A Buyer’s Representation Agreement is what an agent will use to
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You are invited to our Home Buyers Seminar! When: January 18th at 7 pm Where: Team Leo office: 100-1060 Austin Avenue Coquitlam

Featured speakers:

Giselle Miranda Tibble - Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company Jane Wedekind - Scotiabank Home Financing Advisor Garrett Munroe - Munroe & Company Barrister & Solicitor Aaron Borsch - A Buyers Choice Home Inspections Matt McGuigan - Team Leo

Whether you're a first time home buyer or experienced buyer, hear from the experts in the field, learn tips on buying real estate.

Get the details on the new first time home buyers deposit assistance from the BC Government - BC Home Partnership Program.

Sign up below to ensure a seat, let us know if you are bringing a friend. Light refreshments included!

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Team Léo is proud to be a part of the Cross Canada Referrals network!

For many years the Cross Canada Referrals Group (CCR) has been the #1 referral team for Real Estate Agents in Canada. The CCR is independent and has only the top producing RE/MAX® Real Estate Agents from across Canada as members. Our award winning REALTOR® are the RE/MAX top agents from across this country. With mandatory requirements to be part of this team you are ensured you will be getting a market leader as your REALTOR®. Our outstanding records make us the No.1 source for your relocation business.

CCR’s outstanding performance and experience in the real estate industry ensures the best possible quality of customer care. Our CCR REALTOR® are here to help you, whether you

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Buying a condo? Check strata minutes off your list. Telling you that the real estate market in Greater Vancouver is hot is like telling you that water is wet. We’ve had an extraordinary number of people in the month of May with both buying and selling real estate. A lot of buyers are in the market for condos – with this comes a nice stack of paper we like to call strata minutes. What do we do with them, and why are they important?
  1. Read all available minutes in chronological order. This will usually answer any general questions you have about how the building operates. We will always request the most recent two years. Be sure to keep a list of any unanswered questions you might have!
  2. Understand your responsibilities. Requesting copies of
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Why should I use a REALTOR to buy a home? A real estate agent can help you understand everything you need to know about the home buying process. Not all real estate licensees are the same. Only members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) are properly called REALTORS ®. They proudly display the REALTOR “®” trademark on business cards and other literature. REALTORS ® are:
  • committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly.
  • subscribed to a strict Code of Ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate.
An independent survey reported that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR ® again! Real estate transactions are one of the biggest financial dealings of an…
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Mortgage Information

If you're like most buyers, a home is the most expensive purchase you'll ever make, and you'll probably need some form of financing. There are many lending institutions that offer a variety of mortgage products. Financing options and rates can vary widely, so it is important to do your research and shop around to ensure you get the mortgage that best meets your needs at the best price. We would be happy to refer you to some very good mortgage contacts in Coquitlam, or to help you in any other way that we can to secure the best possible rate for your home purchase. Drop us a line at 604 936 1111 or team@teamleo.com! Use this mortgage calculator to assist you in making some decisions around financing your new home: Mortgage Calculator
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You may be familiar with what home inspections are, but did you know these five facts? Here is why home inspections are so important, and how home inspectors work for you.   Home Inspections Avert Future Headaches Suppose you bought a house and later discovered, to your dismay, that the stucco exterior concealed a nasty case of dry rot. Or suppose that when you fired up the furnace in the winter, you discovered a cracked heat exchanger leaking gas into your home. The best way to avoid unpleasant surprises like these is to arrange for a home inspection before you buy. Home Inspections Help You Avoid Unpleasant Surprises A good home inspection is an objective, top-to-bottom examination of a home and everything that comes with it. The standard…
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A written offer or proposal is the foundation of a real estate transaction. Oral promises are not legally enforceable when it comes to the sale of real estate. Therefore, you need to enter into a written contract, which starts with your written proposal. This proposal not only specifies price, but also all the terms and conditions of the purchase. For example, if the seller offered to help with $2,000 toward your closing costs, make sure that’s included in your written offer and in the final completed contract, or you won’t have grounds for collecting it later. REALTORS ® have standard purchase agreements and will help you put together a written, legally binding offer that reflects the price as well as terms and conditions that are right for you.  Your…
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Getting ready for the big moving day? Here is a quick reference to make sure all your needs are covered. Obtain a Change of Address Notifications Cards from your local Post Office. Send cards to
  • Banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions
  • Charge card and credit card companies
  • Doctors, dentists, and other service providers
  • Federal, Provincial and Municipal authorities and any other government agencies as needed
  • Gather moving supplies, boxes, tape, rope.
  • If moving far away, make any necessary travel arrangements
  • Call a moving company or make truck rental reservation to move yourself
  • Place medical and insurance records in a safe and accessible place
Two Weeks Before Moving
  • Inform gas, electric, water, cable,
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Here are some tips to help determine which house is best for you.

Once you have settled on a couple of preferred neighbourhoods for your home search, it’s time to pick out a few homes to view. Having a house features “wish list” keeps you focused on which features are most important to you. When narrowing down your home search, consider the following:
  • know what types of home you want to buy
  • determine what age and condition of the house you want to buy
  • consider resale potential
  • use a features wish list to keep focused
  • use a home search comparison chart to keep organized
  • act decisively when you find the right home
DETERMINE WHAT TYPE OF HOME YOU WANT TO BUY
There are several forms of home ownership: single-family homes,…
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