8 Simple Steps to Buying a Home in Ottawa


It is normal for a decision as important as buying a home to be complicated and cause stress and worry. However, this process can be much easier if you have planned in advance. If you don't know where to start, do not worry. All you have to do is follow these 8 steps to buying a home in Ottawa.

8 Steps to Buying a Home in Ottawa

Create a Realistic Budget

It is important that, before you even begin looking for options, that you know exactly how much money you have to buy a home and for the payments. This budget should include both the down payment and the closing costs.

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Get Pre Approved for a Mortgage

Before you start looking for a home it's a good to have a pre approval.

The best thing you can do before buying a home in Ottawa is ask for advice from an Ottawa mortgage broker. They will guide you through the process and show you the options that are available to you. They can also help you find the best 5 year fixed rate in Ottawa and best 5 year variable mortgage rate in Ottawa.

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Find a Real Estate Agent

Buying a home in Ottawa is much easier when you have good advice and therefore it is important to have a good real estate agent. Not only someone who will show you the best homes according to needs but who will also give you advice and help with the negotiations.  Your real estate agent will be your best ally throughout the entire process, from searching for options to obtaining the closing documents.

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Begin the Search for a Home

Knowing exactly what you're looking for when buying a home in Ottawa will help make the process faster and less complicated. Think of all your preferences and write them down to have them on hand when looking for homes. Take into account the lifestyle you want to have, your needs and your plans for the future.

Have a Home Viewing Journal

It is possible that your agent will take you to visit numerous homes in one day and it will be difficult to remember the details of each one when the day is over. This is why keeping a journal of the homes will be a big help.

Prepare an Offer for the Seller

Once you choose a house, your real estate agent must make an offer to the seller. For this, a purchase agreement is prepared with the price to be paid, the conditions of purchase, the deposit, and the closing date. After the document is delivered, the seller must accept the offer, reject it or make a counter offer.

Inspect the House

This step is not mandatory, but it can be very useful. Consider hiring an inspector upfront and make your offer based on the outcome of the inspection. In case the house has big problems, you will have the possibility to negotiate in the repairs or have the price reduced.

Learn more: Is a Professional Home Inspector Required?

Closing on Your New Home

The closing day is the time when you legally take possession of the home. The closing costs are finalized, your lawyer makes sure that the house is in your name and, finally, you receive the property papers and the keys to the house.

For more information about buying a home in Ottawa, I invite you to contact me anytime.

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About Andrew Thake

Andrew Thake is a seasoned mortgage broker with over 15 years of industry experience. He’s assisted more than 2,200 clients in finding their ideal mortgage solutions. Recognized for his excellence, Andrew has received high honours and awards, including the National Rookie of the Year from TD Canada Trust and recognition as a Top 10 Ottawa Mortgage Broker in 2023. He has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Dominion Lending Centres and has consistently received their Platinum Award during his tenure as a mortgage broker.

Andrew’s dedication lies in serving his clients and prioritizing their needs with an empathetic approach. Throughout the application process, he provides tailored, informed, and efficient services to ensure the best mortgage solutions for his client’s unique circumstances. The best part of Andrew’s job is when he gets to see the joy on his clients’ faces following their mortgage approval.

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