Buying a Property

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Finding the right real estate agent is being halfway there. The best way to find a good one is to ask for references from family and friends. In this section, find out which qualities to look for in a good agent who will help you find your perfect home.

In order to provide you with an exceptional service, a good real estate agent must have several essential qualities such as:

  • Establishing a trustworthy relationship with you.
  • Demonstrating integrity, loyalty and respect.
  • Respecting the privacy of negotiations.
  • Being honest and listening to your needs.
  • Helping you establish your needs and your search criteria.
  • Sharing his/her knowledge and experience with you.
  • Having a flexible schedule to accommodate you.
  • Having good knowledge of the real estate market and being up to date with comparable sales, statistics and mortgage rates in order to support you.
  • Being transparent, fair and equitable in negotiations.

Finally, our services for purchasing a home are free of charge!

Buy with confidence!

Finding the right real estate agent is halfway there. The best way to find a good one is to ask for references from family and friends. In this section, find out which qualities to look for in a good agent who will help you find your perfect home.

To provide you with exceptional service, a good real estate agent must have several essential qualities such as:

  • Establishing a trustworthy relationship with you.
  • Demonstrating integrity, loyalty, and respect.
  • Respecting the privacy of negotiations.
  • Being honest and listening to your needs.
  • Helping you establish your needs and your search criteria.
  • Sharing his/her knowledge and experience with you.
  • Having a flexible schedule to accommodate you.
  • Having good knowledge of the real estate market and being up to date with comparable sales, statistics, and mortgage rates in order to support you.
  • Being transparent, fair, and equitable in negotiations.

Finally, our services for purchasing a home are free of charge!

Main house styles

How to browse through the different house styles? Bungalow, semi-detached, two-level, two stories, and more! Start here to determine which type of home is right for you.

Bungalow:

Single-family one-story house where all rooms are located on the same floor. Where the basement is finished, other rooms can be added.

Multi-level:

Homes that have living spaces with multiple floors connected with short flights of stairs.

Split entry:

Bungalow whose entrance is located between the ground floor and the basement; the different floors are connected by short flights of stairs.

Split-level:

House characterized by the separation of day and night spaces. For example, the ground floor can accommodate common living spaces (entrance, living room, kitchen, etc.) while the half-floor can be reserved for bedrooms, the bathroom, or the office.

1 ½ story:

House is characterized by a steeply pitched roof where the second floor is located, the living area of which is much smaller than the ground floor. The ceiling on the second floor slants down towards a short wall.

2 story:

House with two floors above ground level, characterized by the bedrooms located on the upper floor and common living space on the main floor.

2 ½ story:

Two-story house in which the attic is used. This style of property is mostly found in old houses in which the attic was used to lodge domestics or for storage.

Semi-detached:

House that shares a common wall with the neighboring home. Each side of the building is a separate dwelling, and neighbors do not share ownership or responsibilities for the entire building.

Duplex :

Property comprising two units side by side or superimposed. There is only one title deed (one owner and one tenant).

Mobile home:

Rectangular-shaped dwelling built using a sheet metal chassis on a steel frame. It can be installed on blocks or a foundation. Previously, it was given the name “trailer.”

Mini-home:

Small modular one-unit house. It has the advantage of having all rooms on the same floor.

Condominium:

Differs from apartments in that each unit is individually owned, but common areas are shared by all co-owners (hallways, structure, parking, landscape). Living in a condominium requires less maintenance. However, owning a condominium means that you must follow the rules established by the condominium board of directors to ensure the comfort, safety, and cleanliness of the premises.

What you should know before buying

When you have a fondness for a property, its good sides tend to make you forget all the rest. Remember, buying a property is the biggest investment in a lifetime! You would surely not want to regret your choice. Here are the main points to consider before buying.

  • Pay attention to the general condition of the house. Is it clean? Do the walls need to be repainted? Is the lawn maintained? If minor details have been neglected, it is very likely that more important ones have been as well.
  • Check things out. Try out the lights, faucets, toilets, air conditioning, and major appliances to see if they are working well.
  • Check for leaks. Observe ceilings and walls for any signs of leaks or bulges. Moisture entering through cracks in the roof or foundation can make the wood rot and generate mold.
  • Pay attention to floors that feel soft, elastic, rough, or creaky. They could be signs of major and expensive repairs.
  • Check the doors and windows. Make sure they close well and are easy to open. See if there are any drafts. Watch for peeling paint or bad caulking; if the wood is not protected from mold, it will rot.
  • Check the building structure. If you see deep cracks, crumbling cement, or loose bricks, the structure may need major repairs. Damp areas at the base of the foundation are also warning signs.
  • Make sure there is sufficient storage space for your needs.

Use these tips during your visit. For true peace of mind, we strongly recommend that you have the home inspected by a certified home inspector before purchasing it.

Purchase offer steps

Making a purchase offer can be both exciting and stressful. This is why your real estate agent is there to guide and support you through this process.

The purchase offer

The first step is to make a purchase offer for the desired property and determine the price to offer as well as the conditions to be included in the buy-sell agreement.

The response to the offer

The purchase offer will be presented to the seller as soon as possible. Three options are available to him/her: he/she can accept the offer, refuse it or make a counteroffer. The counteroffer may relate to the price, the date of possession, or other elements. The buyer will then have the choice of accepting or rejecting the counteroffer. He/she can also make a new offer. An agreement will be made once the two parties have agreed; it is then said that there is an accepted purchase offer.

Conditions

A condition represents requirements that must be met for the contract to become fully enforceable. Most of the conditions are already included in the buy-sell agreement, such as a deposit, financing, inspection, insurance, declaration of land ownership, water analysis, etc.

The Inspection

It is strongly recommended that a buyer have the property inspected by a professional to avoid unpleasant surprises relating to its condition. No real estate is perfect and buyers should understand that the price reflects its condition. Unless an inspection report reveals a serious unknown or unexpected problem, this should not be a reason to renegotiate the price.

Inclusions and exclusions

They can relate to household appliances, certain accessories, or decorative objects. Generally, affixed items (which are attached to the property) follow the sale unless they are excluded in the contract.

The deposit

A deposit is a pledge of good faith. It tells the owner seller that the buyer is serious and intends to complete the transaction. The deposit is deducted from the purchase price at the end of the transaction and is usually kept in the real estate agency’s trust account upon listing.

The closing date

This is the date of the official transfer of the ownership to the buyer and the receipt of funds by the seller. Once the mortgage loan and transfer deeds are officially registered, the buyer becomes the owner and then receives the keys to his/her new property.

Mortgage loan eligibility

Have you thought of everything? Figure out the price you can afford and be prepared to factor in all the possible expenses associated with buying a home. It’s not just the down payment! It’s the best way to keep your home-buying experience pleasant and stress-free.

Determine the price you can pay

Buying a home involves costs in addition to the monthly payments. You must consider all possible expenses to establish your budget. A significant expense is undoubtedly the down payment which represents at least 5% of the selling price of the property. You also need to calculate inspection fees, municipal taxes, the cost of electricity, legal fees for transferring ownership, etc. Go to: the Projected Costs related to the purchase of a home document to help you in this step.

Pre-approved mortgage Loan

We strongly recommend that you meet with your financial institution to obtain a pre-approved mortgage before you start looking for a home. This will show the seller that you are serious. Besides, you’ll avoid the disappointment of not being able to afford the dream home that you have finally found. Once you’ve found the perfect home, you will therefore be able to make an immediate offer.

Mortgage approval

Once you have found your home, you will need to get approval for financing. Here is a list of documents your financial institution will need:

  • A copy of your buy-sell agreement;
  • The description of the property;
  • The list of your assets (ex.: car, ATV, RRSP, investments, etc.);
  • A list of your liabilities with the number of payments and their balance (e.g.: car loan, furniture loan, credit card or line of credit, etc.);
  • A copy of your last income tax report;
  • A copy of your check stub and any other income (e.g.: family allowances).

If you are considering renovating the property, you will need to provide a cost estimate to determine the necessary loan amount.

If your loan is pre-approved, a few formalities will need to be finalized with your financial advisor.

Credit ratings

Checking your creditworthiness is part of the normal mortgage eligibility process. If your credit history is bad, financing your home could be difficult.

Your personal credit history is compiled by credit reporting agencies which compile a report by collecting information from banks, merchants, and other public records. The report generally takes into account the last six to seven years. It shows your debit and credit cards, bank accounts, personal loans, and mortgages. It also includes the names of creditors, account numbers, current balances, and a detailed history of payments. The report also includes public information, such as your marital status, the existence of rights of retention, judgments against you, bankruptcies, etc.

The lender uses the credit report to determine whether it is possible to lend you money. If something worries the lender in the report, the lender will ask for further explanation.

If you think you have any credit problems, let the lender know before making an application. There’s no point in wanting to hide something that will show up in your credit history.

Examine your creditworthiness report

Since this report contains information about you, you have the right to obtain a copy. Equifax is one of the largest credit report providers in Canada. To obtain a copy of your report, you can call 1-800-465-7166. If you disagree with the information on your credit history, you have the right to dispute it and request that it be corrected.

Projected costs related to the purchase of a house

You can use our budget tool to help you estimate costs. Forewarned is forearmed, thereafter you can direct your research to the right property for you.

There are a few important costs to consider when buying a home. Here is a summary: 

  
1) Inspection fees_________$
2) Home and liability insurance premium_________$
3) Lawyer fees (registration, adjustments, transfer tax, etc.)_________$
4) The costs of opening an energy account_________$
5) Telephone, television and other services installation cost_________$
6) Moving costs_________$
7) Other costs (e.g.: mail forwarding)_________$
TOTAL :_________$

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71-48th Avenue

Edmundston, (N.-B.) E3V 3E1

MLS
Impeccable property for quick sale and close to all services! This pretty nest is entering the market and will not leave anyone indifferent! Several major renovations have been carried out there and you must visit it to appreciate everything this residence has to offer.
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12 43rd Avenue

Edmundston, (N.-B.) E3V 2Z7

MLS
For you investors, here is a commercial and residential property. You will find a garage-style commercial space of more than 1902 sq. ft. including a small office. You will also find a warehouse space for your business. The 2nd floor of the garage offers two one-bedroom apartments, including an open space kitchen and living room, a bedroom, a bathroom and a laundry room with storage.
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41-42nd Street

Edmundston, N.B. E3V 2Z1

MLS
Located near all services and the Édupôle! Take a look at this property offering you a lot of potential! Ideal for a growing family or even students, this two-story property offers four bedrooms, three of which are upstairs, and two full bathrooms, one of which is also upstairs.
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Vacant lot Martin Road

Ste-Anne-de-Madawaska, (N.-B.)

MLS
Do you dream of settling on a large lot located near services? We have what you need ! Magnificent 27.6 acre land available now and located five minutes from the village of Ste-Anne-de-Madawaska on a paved municipal road and accessible all year round.

75 Richard Road

Baker Brook, (N.-B.) E7A 1V5

MLS
1st time on the market, only one owner! Do you dream of tranquility and space? With more than five acres of wooded and landscaped land, this magnificent one and a half story property is located just 15 minutes from Saint-Jacques! The interior features of this property will amaze you: large cathedral ceiling, woodwork, more than complete kitchen cabinets with plenty of storage, antique style wood s
$399,000

526 Principal Street

Clair, (N.-B.) E7A 2G9

MLS
Beautiful large residential lot of over 22,550 sq.ft. for sale in Clair. Taxes are applicable on the sale price.
$29,000

58 St-Georges Avenue

Edmundston, N.B. E3V 2W2

MLS
This large two and half storey house is located close to all amenities. Offer a double garage.  The main apartment is situated on the first two levels and consists of a spacious living room, a kitchen, dining room and a laundry room with a half bath.  The second level has a large master bedroom with direct access to a magnificient bathroom.  Also has two additionals bedrooms.
$369,900

138 Des Ormes Avenue

Edmundston, N.B. E3V 4J9

MLS
Welcome to 138 Des Ormes Avenue, Edmundston North! With a classic and distinguished style, this magnificent property will impress you. Located in a prestigious area with assured tranquility and no rear neighbors. You will enjoy privacy and an attractive layout with hot tub and heated swimming pool. There is a beautiful synergy with nature.
$585,000
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16 J.-Gaspard-Boucher Avenue

Edmundston, (N.-B.) E3V 1P5

MLS
This lovely brick bungalow is located in a peaceful family neighborhood. It offers three bedrooms on the main floor, including a large master bedroom with adjoining half bathroom and a large closet. You can relax in the four-season solarium in the comfort of the heat pump while staying sheltered from outdoor elements.

566 Isidore Boucher Boulevard

St-Jacques, N.B. E7B 1Y2

MLS
Attention Investor! Large lot of over 3.7 acres with two accesses by two different streets. Excellent visibility from the Trans-Canada Highway. Commercial / Industrial Vocation. Who is feeling lucky.
$99,000
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5 Clavette Street

Rivière-Verte, (N.-B.) E7C 2P1

MLS
No more expensive than rent! This small one-and-a-half-storey house is ideal for a first time home buyer . This property will offer you great tranquility because it is located in a cul-de-sac with very little traffic. You will have the pleasure of finding a garage attached to the house with a door giving direct access to the interior.
$89,750 $94,200

Vacant lot Baisley Road

St-Jacques, N.B. E7B 2A1

MLS
Beautiful large wooded lot of two acres with approximately 180 feet of frontage. For residential construction only. Part of PID 35309467.
$50,000
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