Let’s find the right home for you, together
Whether you’re buying your first home, your forever home, or downsizing from a house to a condo, I can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. My goal is to get you into the home that best fits your wants and needs, while respecting your budget and your time.
Buying services offered by Gino
My main job is to offer advice and recommendations throughout the home buying process, while getting you as much home as possible for your money. The advice I offer is realistic and my approach is based on you. I’m just as excited to help you find your home as you are to buy it, and I’ll guide you every step of the way.
I believe in transparency and honesty, and I’ll be straightforward with you as you look for your property. If it’s the perfect house for you, I’ll tell you — if it’s not, I have no problem letting you know. This is a collaborative process, and it’s all about you, not me. I’m here to educate you and assist — the ultimate decision is yours. Here’s how I like to work.
The home buying process
- Wants and needs: The first thing I like to do is sit down with you and discuss the things you have to have in a home and the things you’d like to have. This helps to make sure that we’re on the same page as we move forward together and helps me come up with recommendations. It’s also best to determine any compromises we might have to make in our search.
- Timelines: It’s important for us to establish timelines early on so that we can try and target the “busy” season for home sales and to make sure we’re neither missing out on a great home nor getting ahead of ourselves.
- Plan of attack: Once we’ve nailed down when you’ll be looking for a home, we’ll discuss how we’ll go about it. If you’re not in a rush and want to casually peruse homes, we can do that. If you need to get into a house or condo NOW, then we can aggressively search for a great fit.
- Recommendations: Aside from neighbourhood and home recommendations based on what you want, I can also offer advice on the full spectrum of the home buying experience. I can suggest home inspectors, contractors, lawyers, and mortgage professionals.
- The latest tools: Once it comes time to begin the search, I’ll set you up to automatically receive listings based on your specifications, which we determine up front. This database shows you available properties first, before they hit a public forum.
Tips for buying a home
Looking for a new home is exciting and can be quite daunting with all the choices you have. Here are some things to consider during your search.
- Caveat emptor: Buyer beware! This isn’t to scare you off; it just means that you’re responsible for what you buy and there are some things you can do to lower any risks, like hiring a professional home inspector, a licensed electrician, or a structural engineer, or you can ask for a property disclosure statement (PDS). Due diligence is key prior to writing an offer.
- Ask for a referral and then do your research: I can recommend someone for every aspect of buying a home, but it’s important that you educate yourself on what makes a good home inspector or which mortgage broker will help you get the funding you need. You may be flooded with recommendations from friends and family, but the decision and responsibility are ultimately up to you.
- Look for potential compromises: Depending on your market, budget, and expectations, there may be some give and take. I like to get my clients to create two lists — one for wants and one for needs. Visualizing these things and comparing them to your budget can often help you reset your priorities and see the big picture.
- Location, location, location: I always recommend that my clients view homes in multiple areas. Different locations will yield different types of homes depending on supply and demand, so it’s best to keep your options open.
- Consider your monthly mortgage payment early on: Once you’re preapproved for a mortgage and figure out a comfortable zone for your monthly mortgage payment, make sure you take it into consideration when looking at homes. If a home is $10,000 more than another, but it only works out to be $50 more per month, it may be worth your consideration.