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A Homeowners Perspective to the Importance of Getting a Home Inspection
Blog by: Justo
Like many home buyers, Diana did a great deal of searching before finding the perfect house. It checked all of her boxes and the asking price was well below what she could afford. Knowing there would be many people interested in the place, she wanted to make her offer as appealing as possible. To do so, she considered doing something many prospective buyers have done before in a competitive market: Waiving the home inspection condition.
Don’t Forgo A House Inspection
“A house is the biggest investment most people ever make in their lives—and it doesn’t come with a money-back guarantee. Is your dream home purchase going to turn into a nightmare? ” said Mike Holmes “In a seller’s market, when houses are going for more than asking and buyers are out-bidding each other, it’s common for buyers to forgo an inspection, since they don’t want to risk losing the house. How crazy is that? You get to pay over asking price for a house you have no idea about.”
Fortunately, Diana was saved from disaster thanks to her agent from Justo, a new brokerage that is bringing fairness and transparency to the Greater Toronto Area real estate market. Understanding the potential for hidden problems in resale homes, Justo provided Diana with a free home inspection from Mike Holmes Inspections.
The Mike Holmes Inspectors Credentials
House Inspectors from Mike Holmes Inspections are accredited in their field and are members of professional associations recognized throughout Canada and the United States. They have successfully completed stringent technical assessment tests and are trained to use specialized equipment to detect problems that the naked eye can’t see. and are performed with the protection of your investment in mind.
“They really saved me,” said Diana. “I was so desperate to get the house that I was willing to take a huge risk. Lucky for me, my agent insisted on the inspection, because we found mold in the basement, some water damage, and the roof was in pretty bad shape.”
All told, the repairs would have set Diana back over $15,000. Thanks to the inspection however, they were able to renegotiate the price to account for the needed repairs, and Diana and her family are now living in their dream home.
Justo – Making Real Estate More Transparent
While Diana’s story has a happy ending, many before her have gambled and lost. This is one of the many reasons that Justo was launched; in an effort to put the customer first, Justo is starting a new trend, offering superior, full service at lower fees.
“We want to offer buyers the best-possible experience,” said Daphne de Groot, CEO of Justo. “Providing quality inspection services through our partnership with Mike Holmes Inspections ensures customers are receiving superior home inspections from one of the most trusted names in the industry.”
Justo goes far beyond offering free house inspections: The full-service brokerage is disrupting the GTA real estate industry with a focus on fairness and transparency. The Canadian-owned company offers low listing fees for sellers and large cashback for buyers.
When Justo represents a buyer, they split their commission (paid by the seller) 50/50, giving the buyer thousands in cashback. This means a typical Justo buyer would receive $12,500 cashback on the purchase of a $1 Million home.
Sellers working with a Justo agent pay only 50% of the standard listing fee (typically 2.5 percent) taken by most brokers*.
Justo also bundles in many extra services at no additional cost. Sellers get free staging or virtual staging, 3D virtual tours, professional photography and enhanced advertising for their listings, while buyers receive free lawyer services along with their free home inspections. Best of all, Justo customers are under no obligation and can change agents at any time.
It’s a trend that Justo hopes will catch on, giving customers more for less.