What You Need to Know When


Knowing the Market & Learning Your Needs

Buying a home is most likely the largest financial investment you will make in your lifetime. First-time buyers and experienced investors alike can find this to be a very intense and emotional decision. It’s our pleasure to help you find the home of your dreams.

Because we live, work and grew up in Niagara, we’ve got a depth of knowledge about what makes Niagara communities tick. We’ll help you find the perfect neighborhood for you to buy a home.


Find your ideal home in Niagara

What Are You Looking For in a House?

You should buy a house that feels like home, and at any price point, you can afford to be selective.

We’ll get to know you and the way you use your home to ensure that the homes you see are the ones you would naturally love, finding all the hidden gems.  We’ll make sure that we “get” you before we tackle the market to find options for you.

We can meet for a coffee or a cold one, with a no-pressure conversation that helps us understand your needs to ensure that the homes you see are the ones you would naturally love.  Take a look at our listings.

Which Neighbourhood Is Right for You?

We’ve got a passion for the Niagara Region – it’s in our bones. We grew up hanging out with friends in these neighbourhoods and now our kids spend time playing on circle courtyards at their friends’ homes across the region.

When it comes to schools, parks, local hangouts, and the other services that make Niagara communities tick, we’ve got the inside scoop.  We can help you find the perfect neighborhood for you to buy a home.

Port Dalhousie neighbourhood
Time to think about financing

How Are You Financing?

The adrenaline should be pumping at this stage… we are ready to get your financing sorted out. Lucky for you, we’ve got a ‘high-five’ style relationship with many local financing institutions, making financing simpler for you.

We will begin the hunt and prepare your customized listings with a client portal and your own website. It is official, the process has begun!

Check out our Resources page for more information.

Is This the One?

This is the fun part! We visit properties and try them on for size. There’s nothing like a walk through a house to get the goods on what you might want from a home that you didn’t realize was an option. Your vision for your perfect home will come alive as you picture your furniture in this room, the kids playing in that room, and that pool table you’ve always wanted in the potential man cave.

Sit back and enjoy the experience. We’re going to be the ultimate Niagara tour guide  for you, making things feel fun and easy while also getting you that house you’re dreaming about.

Karl Vanderkuip Real Estate Broker
real estate deal

What Should You Pay?

Did that home make you tingle? Check. Now it’s time to get to work and get things done. We’ll confidently guide you through all of the negotiating and continue to keep you at ease with savvy expertise and professional advice. We’ll go over the supply and demand and find comparable sales to determine the property value. We will work together to develop a negotiating strategy that everyone feels comfortable with.

What Do You Need to Do Before Closing?

Hook up a home inspection, secure the financing and waive the conditions. We’ll guide you through each step so that you can focus on the move. We’ll deliver the deposit and, voila – you are homeowners! Our team will handle the paperwork and have the documents sent to your lawyer who will close the transaction.

Signed, sealed, delivered… it’s yours! Rest assured the home doesn’t come with the 1980’s lyrical stylings, but we do think that the old boom-box might require some dusting off for a good play of Celebrate!

home inspection
What you need to consider when closing on Real Estate

What Will You Do in Your New House?

Need a great mover, landscaper, decorator, painter, or anyone else to get the house set-up right for your family? Finding good people is time-consuming and mistakes can be costly. It’s a good thing that we’ve bought, sold, and rented so many houses in Niagara. We’ve seen almost everything and are happy to recommend the right person for just about anything you can think of doing to your house.

Now what? Saber the champagne? Throw together a taco dip? Either way, it’s time to PARTY! You are moved in, you are residing between the four walls that you’ve fallen in love with and you’re ready to start this new chapter in your life. Well done!

*Karl doesn’t want anyone to get hurt, so we aren’t going to put any more ideas in your head with instructions on how to saber a champagne bottle. You are totally on your own there. But here is a recipe for taco dip he swears by:

  • package of plain cream cheese
  • (3/4) cup of evaporated milk
  • (1) cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • (1) small jar of chunky salsa (~418mL)
  • (2) cups of broccoli, chopped
  • (1) onion, finely diced

Mix everything together in an oven-proof dish and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes. Enjoy with corn chips or tortillas!

Karl Vanderkuip


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