The Buying Process

Buying A Home with Laura

Inclusive Buyer Experience with results from Start to SOLD

When you decide to purchase a home with Laura, YOUR experience matters. This process is all about YOU and although Laura is there to navigate you through it the entire time, it is YOU who are in the driver's seat. Below is Laura's process, but nothing is set in stone and anything that doesn't feel right can be modified or changed to suit your specific situation.


Signing Phase

  • First Contact: this may be a phone call, email, zoom chat or an in person connection.
  • Initial Meeting: this is to determine if you and Laura wish to work together. If you are not a good match, Laura is always happy to refer another colleague who may be.
  • If you both decide to work together, you will sign a Buyer Representation Agreement to get the ball rolling. This document establishes representation and allows Laura to advise you, send you listings and start taking you to showings.
  • Laura will ask you to complete some "Get to Know You" questionnaires, so she has a clear understanding of your expectations as well as some fun info that will help her make your experience even better.
  • Home Buyer Checklist: this is a booklet (printed or digital) that clarifies some of the details you are looking for in a home, your Needs vs your Wants, proximity to area amenities like schools, shops and transit + other must haves.
  • Laura will then send you samples of all paperwork you will be signing When you submit an offer (sometimes several). There can be many offers on the table and the process can move quickly. Knowing what you are signing beforehand will allow you to have confidence and peace of mind when the time comes. Laura can explain theses forms and answer any questions that you have.

Searching Phase

  • After discussing budget and home details, Laura will set you up on her Listing Match System to receive daily emails of any listing criteria matches
  • Not all of these will be a match, but you will contact Laura and let her know of any that are of interest as soon as possible. Many listings only allow for one showing per time slot. To ensure you are able to see it at an optimal time, booking quickly is essential.
  • Book showings for the homes of interest
  • See the homes of interest. Repeat until you find one you LOVE
  • Photo of YOU in front of every listing, as you never know which one will make it to the memory book!
  • Submit offer on property(ies) of interest on the specified offer date (if applicable)
  • Win the bid. Yay! YOU BOUGHT A HOME!


Firming-Up Phase

  • Within 24 hours of your offer being accepted, you will deliver the full deposit amount, as indicated in the Agreement, to the Listing Brokerage office or wire it from your bank to the Listing Brokerage Trust account. Send a copy of the deposit receipt to Laura for the file.
  • Notify your Mortgage Agent or bank that you have bought a home. Send, or ask Laura to send the complete agreement and copy of the listing to them
  • Book Home Inspector, if outlined in the agreement as a condition
  • Sign Notice of Fulfillment documents for any conditions such as Inspection, Financing, etc. so Laura can send to Listing side to firm up the deal*
  • * If you don’t intend to firm up the deal due to latent damage, seller unable to remedy or other reason, you will need to sign and have the Seller sign a mutual release to have the deposit returned to you, however, it can be much more complex than that, which Laura can explain
  • Select you Lawyer. If you need a referral who can close the deal Laura can provide you with some options. Once you have a Lawyer Laura's office will send all paperwork to them to start the process.


Closing Phase

  • Receive an invitation to MOVESNAP, an exclusive concierge service Laura provides her clients, to create a moving plan, utility transfers, address change, etc.
  • Refer to Laura's "You BOUGHT A House, Now What?" guide for ideas, advice, tips to help you from acceptance through your first year as a homeowner
  • Leave Laura an awesome (5 Star) review on Google, Rate-My-Agent, or Facebook
  • Book re-visit(s) to view the home now that it is yours! Photo of YOU holding the SOLD sign for the memory book :)
  • Schedule an appointment with your Lawyer to sign all of the closing documents the week of closing
  • Finish packing and get ready to move!


Closing Day

  • You will receive a call from the Lawyer's office on the day of closing once the deal has closed, meaning the money has been transferred to the Seller and the property has been registered in your name(s). 
  • Call Laura to tell her that the deal has closed. The Lawyer will only let you know this information.
  • You will be given instructions on where to pick up the key, or what the lockbox code is at the house so you can open your enter your new home!
  • If there is a lockbox, the Listing Agent will come by usually within a week to retrieve the box. It is best to leave it empty where it is until they come.
  • Enter your new home and begin making your memories! Take lots of pictures because houses, like people, change so quickly and it is easy to forget how far you've come in making it your own over time.
  • Refer to Laura's "New Home Essentials Guide", a list of what to expect, essential tools and necessary supplies every new homeowner needs when they move in


Homeowner Phase

Once you are a client of Laura's your entire homeowner experience is as important as the search. Isn't that the point, to find a home that you LOVE?
To ensure you continue to have a great experience, you will receive:

  • Cleaning service of your choosing: House Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, Window Cleaning or Duct Cleaning/Sanitizing either before you move in or one week after you have moved in
  • Annual 'Value Check Up'. A statement just like you get for other investments that tells you what your value is based on the current market.
  • Monthly Email with tips, tricks, favourite finds and homeowner hacks, as well as market stats
  • Surprise goodies from time to time, to remind you of my gratitude and just to make you smile
  • An open door policy to call, text or email any time you have a question, concern or need a referral to help keep your experience positive long after the sale!

Get In Touch

Laura McBride

Mobile: (416) 579-0931

Phone: (905) 619-9500


Office Info

Sutton Group-Heritage Realty Inc.

300 Clements Rd. W  Ajax,  ON  L1S 3C6  

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