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The most important thing you can do as a potential buyer is prepare yourself for what will likely be the largest financial decision you make in your life. My Buyers Guide is free to download, and takes you through the steps of the buying process.
Thank you again for helping us through the mess while getting our place, we appreciate it more than you know.
Been very happy with my purchase. The building is nice too, would recommend to any future clients.
We are very happy. Let us know when you're going to be in the 'hood... and if you have time, we'll take you over to show you the condo!
I love my house and my neighbourhood. I'm plugged into the neighbourhood and attended our local resident's association meeting. I love walking to St. Lawrence market along the Esplanade (a great blvd, who knew!?). I love the underpass park and look forward to the opening of the Don River park. And I can walk to my exhibit at the Brickworks -- all good. Best of all the new job is work from home. I've completely deleted my commute.
Thank you so much for all your hard work and energy in finding us a house we love. Thanks also for all your help around the roofing issue - You were a calm force in moments of fear. Wishing you the very best. It's been a pleasure working with you.
Great news. Thank you for everything... Have a great summer and if you ever find yourself out west look me up!
Thanks, Laurin, yes, everything went well. So far so good in the new place; the new paint already makes a huge difference! I hope you're doing well. Take care and thanks again for all your help.
Quite excited actually -- despite longtime off yet -- and still very happy with the decision. Think it's going to be a great area in a few year's time and quite like the upgrades option included in the package. Plus, I like the lower East side -- think a good area with big change going to happen.
The house is simply great. I had a fear that I would come to think I made a mistake, but frankly, it's pure gold... despite the relatively modest square-footage, it feels palatial. I'm very happy. Thanks for your help during all of this! Enjoy your summer.
Thanks Laurin. Hope to see you, sometime. We are loving Toronto and this neighborhood and this house. It's all good.
Thank you for all of your advice, I am so excited and anxious to move in! Thanks.
Thanks so much Laurin!! Everything went well and now we are demolishing all the uglyness out of the place. You shall be invited to see it after the renos! A+
We couldn't be happier in our place. And we really appreciate all your help. We've been working on the backyard and a bit on the front. Maybe we'll take on the basement some day...
Brickwork is done and looks unbelievable. The whole place looks incredible right now - completely night/day from how it looked when we moved in. So happy here! Hope all is well with you.
Loving the new place, still settling in. Slowly buying furniture... I didn't realize how big of a cost THAT would be!! Have the essentials now, just looking for a couch now. I'm really enjoying living downtown. I'm lucky to be working at clients in the downtown core.
So far moving madness is still pretty crazy, but I think I'm settling in OK. I really do love the space, I feel like I certainly made the right choice. I hope the rest of your winter goes well and perhaps sometime in the long future I will be contacting you to sell! Thanks for your help.
Thank you very much... Your help in selling the house was greatly appreciated.
To any potential sellers or purchasers. I have used the excellent services of Laurin Jeffrey, both to purchase real estate and to lease out my rental properties. He has not only been a fabulous real estate representative, but he goes way beyond the term "total service". I recommend Mr. Jeffrey with no hesitation of any kind.
The move went fine and everything is fantastic! The flat is a perfect space for me... things are excellent. Thanks so much for your help.
Working with Laurin has been an extremely rewarding experience with lots of insight into the market we were looking at. With his help, my wife, children and myself can relax in our own home. There was a sense of urgency due to us expecting our second child and needing to be prepared before the birth. We had looked at many locations and with his persistence and patience were able to get the right house for the right price at the right time for us.
I reside in a terrific house that I am proud to call my home. It not only suits my budget but my lifestyle. On Laurin's keen advice I viewed the property, I felt he really listened and had my needs in mind from the beginning. His expertise definitely assisted me in making the right purchase - from lifting rugs to look for flawed flooring, to checking for cracked windows, water damage, etc. The transaction was stress-free; what I thought would be a lot of work was made effortless due to Laurin's savvy. My home has even been appraised at about 20% more than what I paid less than a year ago!
Thank you so much for all the work you put into finding us a perfect first home... as soon as we take possession, we would love to have over you for dinner! Thanks again!
Thank you for all your help on making this happen.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You have been very patient with me and I appreciated it very much.
Thanks to you for making this such a smooth and easy experience. If I'm ever in the market again or I know anyone looking, I would be happy to pass along your name.
Brilliant! Thank you so much for all your help!
Thanks again for the house shopping help - you rocked and we really appreciated all the extra attention!
Thank you again for all your help! I think it was a bit more difficult than either of us had expected, but thankfully everything worked out. We are very excited!
Thank you for being so helpful and diligent.
Laurin, I really appreciate you have had to go above and beyond on this one. Everything is in order and my stress levels are now starting to drop! You really earned that drink from me!
Working with Laurin has been a pleasure, almost effortless. Good subject knowledge, timely. He exudes a relaxed professionalism which adds to the experience. Highly recommended.
I have retained Laurin Jeffrey on 3 separate occasions and in each instance, he has been a fantastic resource and a skillful realtor. I may have need of his services in the next while and would not hesitate to call or email him. He has been prompt in all his communications, and an excellent guide to the complexities of the Toronto real estate market. I recommend his services to anyone seeking to participate in the Toronto real estate market.
Thanks a lot, you found me a fantastic unit at a price I wanted to pay so really thankful for that.
Most people just get on a website like mine and start shopping before they even know what goes into buying a property. The more you know about what you are doing the better experience you will have. Enter your email below to download my guide.
A Realtor is so much more than someone who just takes you in showings. The true strength of a Realtor is in the additional value that they bring to the table. Your Realtor should introduce you to the best mortgage broker, lawyer, moving company etc. Your Realtor should know the neighbourhood that you are looking at inside and out. Your Realtor should be an expert negotiator and provide insight into how much you should spend on a particular property.
The biggest mistake that most buyers make is going online and using a “what can I afford” calculator to determine their budget. The first step that every buyer should take when purchasing a property is to sit down with a mortgage professional (not your part-time cousin) to determine how much you can afford.
Toronto is a big place with a lot of neighbourhoods. The more you focus, the better chance you have of finding the best property for the best value. If you try to look in too many places, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack and ultimately it will leave you frustrated.
Of course we all want a west facing property with views of the city, a massive balcony, split bedrooms and a massive kitchen island. The reality is if you include too many wants in your search you may be left on the sidelines for a long time. Make sure to properly balance your wants vs. your needs and be realistic about what’s available.
NOW you can start your property search, and every serious buyer needs to be getting automatic property updates. It’s a crazy competitive market out there right now and buyers need every advantage they can get. My automatic property updates services makes sure that you get the properties that interest you most, delivered to your inbox the second they hit the market. This is 24/48 hours faster than you will see listings on Realtor.ca or most other Realtor’s websites! You can sign up in a couple of seconds by clicking the button below.
Once you find the perfect place you need to move fast! I don’t ever rush my clients, but if you have properly prepared it won’t feel rushed. I know how hard it is to find amazing places and I simply want my clients to have them! When making an offer your Realtor will protect your best interests by including conditions with the offer and negotiating with a maximum price in mind to ensure you don’t overpay or go past your comfort level.
Once an offer is accepted (even before it goes “firm”) you typically have 24 hours to deliver the deposit check to the seller. The deposit amount is negotiated during the offer process but it is typically 5% of the purchase price. If you deliver the check even 1 minute more than 24 hours, the deal is technically void. Moving money isn’t always fast so make sure to have your deposit prepared in advance.
If your offer contained conditions like a finance condition, you have a specific amount of time to “waive” the conditions or the deal will become null and void and your deposit will be returned to you. If you waive the conditions, the deal becomes “firm” and you are obligated to now close on the property. Neither side can back out at this point. Not without penalties, that is.
Your lawyer and mortgage broker will set up meetings with you for a couple of days before closing to sign off on the final documents. At this point your job is to book the movers and get your finances in order. The lawyer will let you know exactly how much you need to bring with you when you meet, but it will include the remainder of your down payment, land transfer tax and legal fees. Once you have done that, you get the keys to your awesome new property!