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What To Look For When Buying A Home in Mississauga

Buying a home can be one of life's most fulfilling experiences and one of the most challenging. The more prepared you are at the outset, the less overwhelming the buying process will be. From selecting a real estate professional to finding out what type of home you can afford, the following Century 21® tips help take the anxiety out of buying a home. Don't forget to check out how you can earn Air Miles® reward miles with your purchase. Contact us to learn more.

Closing A Deal
Do you know how much money will be needed in order to close your deal? Besides the basic purchase price, buyers face legal fees (plus GST) and disbursements (plus GST), which are the out-of pocket expenses a lawyer/notary incurs. Then there are closing adjustments with the seller: taxes, rental income, condominium maintenance and some utility charges. And don't forget about the costs of arranging a new mortgage, which can include application and appraisal fees. For a resale home, these "extras" can easily add 1.5% to 2% onto the basic purchase price.

Do you know what needs to be done after the deal is closed? Once your offer has been accepted the work has just begun. Future steps include arranging for monthly mortgage payments and property taxes, finding the right insurance coverage, transferring your utilities and arranging for your move, among others.

Avoid any surprises by having a Century 21 real estate professional guide you through the necessary steps. Rely on their expert advice to keep you informed and prepared. It's just one more way that your Century 21 real estate professional takes the anxiety out of buying a home. When you purchase your new home, it makes good economic sense to keep it in tip-top condition.

Describing Your Home

Size of Home in Square Feet (10x10 room is 100 square feet)

  • Less than 1,000 to larger than 4,000

Type of Home

  • Freehold ownership: detached; link; semi-detached; freehold townhouse; rural (country property)
  • Condominium ownership: detached condo; linked condo; townhouse condo; apartment condo
  • House style: bungalow; 2-story; back of side-split; 1.5-story; multi-level

Desired Location

  • Waterfront
  • Water rights
  • Town lot
  • Country
  • Mountainside

Lot Size

  • Less than 1 acre to over 1 acre
  • Number of acres desired

Exterior Style

  • Ranch stone
  • Wood
  • Stucco
  • Other

Garage

  • Attached
  • Detached
  • Carport
  • Size (number of cars)

Rooms

  • Living room
  • Family/rec room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Main entry
  • Master bedroom (with or without a walk-in closet, private bath or patio)
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Den or study
  • Number of bathrooms (with or without a guest bath or utility bath)
  • Utility room

Kitchen Features

  • Range and oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Mixing-center
  • Barbeque
  • Pantry
  • Microwave
  • Garden window
  • Freezer separate
  • Island
  • Trash compactor
  • U-shaped
  • Country kitchen
  • Walk-thru
  • Formal room
  • L-shaped
  • Snack bar

Bathroom Features

  • Tub and shower combo
  • Tub and shower separate
  • Bathtub only
  • Shower only
  • Two wash basins
  • Vanity
  • Oversized tub
  • Whirlpool tub
  • Jacuzzi (large)
  • Sauna
  • Planter
  • Skylight
  • Oversized window

Energy and Construction

  • Central forced air
  • Forced hot water
  • Electric heat
  • Passive solar
  • Active solar
  • Gas
  • Oil
  • Heat pump
  • Air-conditioning
  • Would you pay more for extra insulation or solar hot water?
  • Would you minimize windows to conserve energy?

Special Features

  • Fireplace
  • Wood stove
  • Interior garden (atrium)
  • Skylights
  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Swimming pool

Demographics

  • Sex
  • Age
  • Household size
  • New or previously owned