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Making an Offer on a House: Understanding Conditions, Agents, Deposits, Costs & Fixtures/Chattels

Making an Offer on a House: Understanding Conditions, Agents, Deposits, Costs & Fixtures/Chattels

If you’re considering making an offer on a house, there are a few things you should know before putting in your bid. First, it’s important to understand the conditions that you’ll need to include in your offer, as well as the reasons why you might want to consider hiring a real estate agent to help you navigate the process. Additionally, you’ll need to have a good understanding of the deposit you’ll need to put down, as well as the closing costs that will be associated with the purchase.

Additionally, obtaining a pre-approval letter from a lender can increase the chances of your offer being accepted by demonstrating to the seller that you are a financially qualified buyer ready to proceed with the purchase.

Home Inspection: One of the most important conditions that buyers should include in their offer is a home inspection contingency. This means that you’ll have the opportunity to have the house inspected by a professional before finalizing the sale. This can help you identify any issues with the property that may need to be addressed, and can give you more leverage in negotiating the purchase price.

Financing: Another important condition that buyers should include is a financing contingency. This means that your offer is contingent upon you being able to secure financing for the purchase. This can help protect you in case you’re not able to secure a mortgage at the terms you were expecting.

Due Diligence: Another key condition that buyers may want to include is a due diligence contingency, which allows the buyer to review various documents and reports (such as title reports, survey, any disclosures etc) related to the property before they commit to the purchase.

Realtor: Why buyers need a real estate agent? A good real estate agent can help you navigate the process of making an offer on a house and can provide valuable advice on how to structure your offer to maximize your chances of success. They can help you understand the local market conditions and help you find the right home for your needs and budget. They also help you with the negotiations and closing process, and can save you a lot of time and stress.

.Deposit: When the offer is accepted by the seller, the buyer will typically be required to put down a deposit as a show of good faith and commitment to the purchase. This deposit, also known as Earnest Money, is a monetary amount held in escrow and will be applied to the purchase price of the property at closing.

This deposit serves as a security for the seller, ensuring that the buyer is serious about purchasing the property and is less likely to back out of the sale. The amount of deposit varies by the agreement between both buyer and seller, usually its in the range of 1-10% of purchase price.

Closing Costs: When making an offer on a house, it’s also important to think about the closing costs that will be associated with the purchase. Closing costs can include things like title insurance, appraisal fees, and legal fees. These costs can add up quickly, so it’s important to have a good understanding of what they will be before putting in your offer.

When making an offer on a property, buyers have several options to choose from, it’s crucial to consider the different types of offers that align with the current situation and condition of the property, some options include.

Firm offer: this is an offer that is not conditional upon anything, it is a commitment to purchase the property and the buyer will not back out unless something unexpected happens.
Conditional offer: this is an offer that is dependent upon some condition being met, for example, the sale of the buyer’s current property or obtaining a mortgage

Bully offer: In some cases, a buyer may come across a “bully offer” in the real estate market. A bully offer is an offer that is submitted before the offer date and is usually significantly above the asking price. The intention of a bully offer is to pressure the seller into accepting it before other offers are considered.

Counteroffer: A counteroffer happens when the seller does not accept the original offer made by the buyer, the seller may then submit a counter-offer with different terms for the buyer to consider.

Closing Date: The buyer and seller will agree on the “closing date, which is the date when the sale will be finalized, and the title will be transferred to the buyer. The closing date is usually chosen to suit the buyer and seller’s schedules and to meet any contingencies in the purchase contract.

A pre-approval letter from a lender is typically provided before the offer is made on a property. The letter states that the lender has reviewed the borrower’s credit and income information, and based on that review, the lender is willing to lend a certain amount of money to the borrower to purchase a property. This can help to strengthen the borrower’s offer when making a purchase and can also provide a sense of security for the seller, who may be more willing to accept an offer from a borrower who has already been pre-approved for a loan.

Fixtures and Chattels: When making an offer on a house, it’s important to understand the differences between fixtures and chattels. Fixtures are items that are permanently attached to the property, such as light fixtures and built-in appliances. These items typically stay with the property when it is sold. Chattels, on the other hand, are items that are not permanently attached to the property, such as freestanding appliances and furniture. These items do not typically stay with the property when it is sold.

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Arsh Syed, a real estate agent in Toronto, offers services to help property owners buy, sell, or rent their homes and manage the transaction.

He aims to establish relationships and provide exceptional service to improve the housing crisis in Toronto. By hiring him, property owners can reduce risks, save time, and save money.

For more information about his services, you can visit or contact (416) 844-2217.

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