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1. Visit your financial institution and ask to be pre-approved for a mortgage - this will help you know how much you can afford and consequently focus your search for your "new" home;


2. Make a list of "wants" versus "needs"


3. Visit display suites, compare asking prices and selling prices, and check out local amenities and the neighborhood;


4. Do not be lured by a beautiful brochure, a comfortable floor plan, or the new finishing. All of these appeal to buyers' emotions. Despite public perception, a new home is not automatically guaranteed to be well built or perfect. It is essential to research the builder.


5. Some important questions to ask:
* How long has the builder been in business?
* What are the names and addresses of the homes and projects the builder has constructed?

* Ask for references &/or home owners who have purchased from this builder:

  • Are they happy with their home?
  • Have they experienced any problems?
  • Would they buy another home from this builder?
  • What is the builder's after sale service policy?
  • What responsibility will the builder assume for the subcontractor?
  • Does the builder belong to a professional organization such as the Canadian Home Builders' Association or the Urban Development Institute?
  • Does the builder and the trades in their employ have any formal training?
  • Is the builder registered with the New Home Warranty Program?
  • Is the home enrolled with the New Home Warranty Program?

6. Inquire as to the availability and applicability of the New Home Warranty Program;


7. Hire a lawyer (or Notary) to represent your interest and to review all documents on your behalf

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