Oakville Homes

January 12, 2012

Buying a house – PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING

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Someone asked me if I was going to hand out more pamphlets at the next Mattamy site in Oakville.  Construction of the area is just now beginning with the infrastructure being put into place.  The new area is bounded by Dundas Street on the south, 6th Line on the east and Nayagawa on the west.  No matter who the builder is, it is important that if you are thinking of buying a new home, you get on the information highway for the area and builder quick.

Why?

Those who show interest early and put their names on the builder’s listing may get preferential treatment when it comes to “first come – first choice” policies by the builder.  Some builders don’t promote long lines of frenzied buyers being formed at the construction site hours and days before the official sales opening.  Some builders – Mattamy comes to mind based on past history – like the PR it promotes – hoards of buyers fighting for their new home (much like the Wal-Mart customer crushes we hear about).

I recommend you do your homework and visit some websites.  Two come to mind (not an endorsement) who are informing the public about the new construction (nice video on one) and one who promotes signing up your interest early.

One, Choosing Real Estate has the video and the other, The Oakville Buzz discusses pre-registering.

The one advantage is the obvious aspect of being asked early to come in and buy a house without the line-up but another advantage is to be able to study the new development and decide whether or not the community is for you.  Speculators – they don’t care and just buy up early to make money off those who wait and see what is happening.

Myself – I just like being kept informed so I can regulate my schedule to make myself available to hand out information pamphlets at the building site.  I look forward to seeing you.  Mattamy, in the past, has introduced me to bully boys and also called the police when I showed up.  Actually, it is the only time I’ve had the police investigate me.  At least they were gentlemen and showed a lot more character than others I met doing this.  And, I’m not talking about fellow consumers.

Another reason to start looking at a builder early is so you can research the blogs and forums out there and get some idea of the problems that can be expected.  Develop your strategies to handle these issues.  As well, you will be better informed and can look at the plans (and models if there are any) in a more investigative mode, instead of being glassy-eyed.    You can also arrange for a house inspector and lawyer who can inform you of what to look for, what to put in the purchase agreement and other advice well in advance of you actually committing.

Remember: THE BUILDER IS THERE TO SELL YOU SOMETHING AT A PROFIT.  HE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND BUT A BUSINESSMAN WANTING TO MAKE MONEY FROM YOU.  SOME ARE FRIENDLY, HONEST AND DO THE RIGHT JOB.  OTHERS HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO SHAFT THE HOMEBUYER WITH ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION AND POOR QUALITY.  PREPARE YOURSELF TO DEAL WITH THE LOWER END OF THE BUILDER GENE POOL AND YOU MIGHT JUST SURVIVE.

When Mike Holmes puts on his show issues that were caused by poor construction – you know it is a FACT.

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirement when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed.

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