Real Estate Negotiations & How The Offer Bidding Process Works
When Buying A House Or Condo In Toronto Canada

As soon as your offer is prepared and signed by you, your real estate sales representative will contact the listing agent (the real estate agent representing the Seller) to arrange to present the offer to the Seller. 

Buying Toronto Houses Condos Making An Offer Bid & Negotiating

An offer to purchase is not good forever but has a time limit date on it called an irrevocable date 

Within the irrevocable time period you have specified, the Seller can accept the offer as is, reject it, or modify it and sign it back to you with their own irrevocable counteroffer time specified. 

If the offer is accepted, it should be given to your lawyer as soon as possible so that they can initiate whatever action is required. 

If the offer is rejected, you may want to resubmit your bid at a higher price or with a different closing date. 

If the offer is modified and signed back to you, it indicates that the Seller is interested in proceeding with negotiations.  They may have signed it back at a higher price, a different closing date, with chattels or extras removed or added or any combination of these and other items.

You will have an irrevocable time and date by which you must respond before the Seller’s counteroffer becomes null and void.  You can then accept the counteroffer as is.  In this case, the transaction is done and you have a binding legal contract.  You can reject the counteroffer and walk away from the transaction.  You can modify the counteroffer and resubmit it with a specified irrevocable time and date for its acceptance. This is refered to as a "sign back".  The process of offer and counteroffer can go on any number of times until both parties agree or one party walks away from the transaction.

Once both parties have signed in agreement to the terms of the offer, the offer to purchase becomes an Agreement of Purchase And Sale or APS.

As in any negotiations, there must be some compromise.  There will be major items that you are not prepared to compromise.  There will be less important items that you can afford to compromise on to get the home.

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Welcome To Toronto Canada Non-Residents Guide To Purchasing Homes Condos In Toronto Victoria Boscariol Chestnut Park Real Estate Victoria Boscariol is a real estate agent in Toronto Canada with Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited Brokerage. With over 20 years experience, Victoria has been helping people successfully buy and sell condos and houses in Yorkville and downtown Toronto. As a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) she has worked with Buyers from around the world moving to Toronto from China, Russia, Brazil, India, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyprus, Italy, Germany, The United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. 
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