Adjust your sales – A smooth home buying process

Whether it is buying your first apartment, a bigger family home, or downsizing, the process is almost the same. Avoid these common mistakes!

Pitfall to avoid – Not thinking money

  • Talk with a financial specialist about your situation
  • Obtain a preapproval that allows you to search for properties that fit your budget
  • Find a mortgage that best suits your needs

Pitfall to avoid The “lowest” rate with the “lowest” fees is not always the best option

  • The lowest rate often comes with restrictions that may negatively impact you more than paying a little more up front.
  • Going straight to your bank may sound easy, but it also limits your options.
  • An online provider may fit your lifestyle with low fees and remote connectivity, but it may also hinder your ability to meet deadlines or cost you an opportunity.

Pitfall to avoid – Trying to save money by dealing with a listing agent or online services

  • When calling the listing agent, you might think you are saving money. You probably aren’t. They have already agreed to work for the seller. All you have saved is a REALTOR® working exclusively on your behalf.
  • Working with an agent requires a level of trust. Not being fully honest with them about your requirements, financial situation, or availability will risk wasting your time and energy.

Pitfall to avoid – Not being available

  • It takes time to locate a home, complete a transaction, and ultimately take possession of keys.
  • Work with your agent to develop a schedule that consistently gets you looking at homes in your desired market range.
  • Once you have signed an offer to purchase or agreement, hitting deadlines is critical.

Buying a home is a big step. There are many pitfalls on the path to success. Make sure you have a great team working on your behalf, including your own commitment to take that step.

By The Leesman Team Advantage, REALTORS® at CENTURY 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.

​CENTURY 21 office sponsors all-star lacrosse team

CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. supports Canada’s national sport in Peterborough, O.N.

CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. was unveiled as the new major sponsor for The Peterborough Lakers lacrosse team.

“We’ve always given back to the community and have done it in many different ways,” said Carl Oake, broker, CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. “This is a way to do it in a big way.”

Oake seized the opportunity to support the community’s top-notch lacrosse team, and drafted a three year commitment as major sponsor as soon as the spot opened.

“We’re delighted to have a bit of business power behind us. A well-known, reputable national firm,” said Ted Higgins, president, The Peterborough Lakers Board.

CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. is locally known as a strong supporter of their community. For 29 years, the office’s signature fundraiser “The Carl Oake Swimathon” has raised donations for Easter Seals children living with disabilities. Also, the office’s annual Christmas Toy Drive has provided more than 10,000 toys for children in need, since 1990.

Visit the CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc. website to learn more about the office’s real estate services.