Archie Ali
  Re/Max Realty Specialists Inc., Brokerage
Independently Owned and Operated
How to buy a new condominium


Buying a home is one of the most exciting and biggest decisions you will ever have to make.  Buying pre-construction during the planning stage gives you several advantages:

• Wider selection of floor plans and locations within the building• “Brand new” means substantial savings: less maintenance, less repairs, therefore less expenses• You can choose and personalize your decor and finishes• Historically values increase between pre-construction & occupancy• Tarion Warranty Protection (see Special Programs and Incentives)


How much can you afford?

The best way to tell how much you can afford to spend on your home is to determine how much of an initial investment or down payment you have, and then get pre-qualified for a mortgage.  You will be responsible for monthly maintenance fee, taxes and your mortgage.   A quick visit to your local bank can save you a great deal of time and you will truly know what you can afford to buy.

At some developments, first time homebuyers can pre-qualify for as little as 5% down payment. For more information on qualifying as a first time homebuyer, downpayment and mortgage details, fill out the information below.

What should you buy?

Your home is an investment and there are a number of things to think about when you are looking at the investment aspect of the home you are buying:

Location- Make sure that you buy in an established residential area, or one that is up and coming, which will allow for future appreciation.

Developer- Make sure you are dealing with a respectable builder with a good track record. See for quality ratings.

Suite Design or Floor Plan - Make sure that it’s easy to furnish. Keep it resalable: for example don’t change a big suite from a 2 bedroom plus den to a 1 bedroom with 1 bathroom. There will be less interest when you want to sell and most buyers won’t want to renovate it back to its original state.

Lobby and Common Areas- This is the front door and the image of your investment to the outside world. A great lobby, not necessarily a large one, but a nice one, can make or break a long-term condominium investment. When buying a used home or a resale, you may renovate the suite, but you must live with the outdated lobby and hallways

Amenities- Features such as: Concierge Service, Parking, Fitness Centres, Lounges, and Rooftop Terraces add value to your investment.

Home Sweet Home-Unlike stocks and bonds where you only acquire a piece of paper, your home is an investment that you live in. Make sure you like it.

Signing an Agreement of Purchase and Sale:

This Agreement will take the home off the market and guarantee you the price and terms agreed upon at the time of Purchase. A deposit cheque will be required at this time.

10 Day Cooling Off Period:

Within 10 days after you receive both the Agreement of Purchase and Sale signed by both you and the Developer and the Disclosure Statement, you have the right to change your mind. This is called your ‘Right of Rescission’.  During this 10-day period make sure that you check your financing options.  A lot of new condominium sites offer capped rate programs that are well worth considering.  Most purchasers take their Agreement and Disclosure Statement to a lawyer so that they fully understand their legal obligations.  Lawyers generally won’t charge an additional fee for this service if you’re using them for the final closing.

Choosing Your Colours and Finishes

When buying pre-construction, colour selection begins shortly after the commencement of construction.  You will be contacted by the Developer’s consultant to arrange for an appointment.  At this time you will select colours and finishes (carpet, tiles, cabinets, countertops, etc.) and may also arrange for any upgrades or specialty items.


How is Occupancy Established?

Your occupancy date is when the Developer estimates to have your home completed so that you can move in and live there. You will be kept up-to-date on the progress of the development, and you will receive a revised occupancy date once the actual date has been established. Even though you will be moving into your new home on occupancy, you will not be getting title to it until registration of the building and title transfer.

What is Interim Occupancy?

Interim occupancy is the period of time from the occupancy date to the date of title transfer.  Generally speaking this time period can range from one to four months.  During this time you pay an occupancy fee to the Developer that consists of the following:

• your maintenance fee

• estimated property tax

• interest on the outstanding amount of the purchase price

When is Registration and Final Closing?

Registration is when the condominium’s declaration and description are ultimately registered in the land titles office, following their approval by governmental authorities.  The entire process may take approximately one to four months following your occupancy date.  On title transfer, the purchase transaction will be completed in accordance with the statement of adjustments within your Agreement. These closing adjustments include occupancy fees, realty taxes, common expenses, etc. General rule of thumb is to have 1.5% of your purchase price set aside to cover all of these costs. At this time, your lawyer will receive a transfer of title to your home, in exchange for your payment of the outstanding balance of the purchase price.


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