Thursday, June 27, 2013

إخواني يحاور نفسه الثورجية...

كالعادة دايما نركز علي النتيجة و مش الأسباب الي و صلتنا للنتيجة
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الإخوان (ومن معهم) زعلانيين على الى مات منهم في المنصورة (كلنا زعلنين طبعا لأن دول مصريين) و زعلانين إن الناس بتتمرد علي مرسي و عليهم  من غير ما يسئلوا نفسهم سؤال مهم...
إيه الي و صلنا لكون كل الناس دي ضدنا؟
و ليه صحاب إمبارح إتمردوا علينا؟

"الهزيمة عادة بتكون بسبب أخطاء أنا عملتها، قبل ما تكون بسبب قوة خصمي"

مراجعة بين الإخواني و نفسه الثورجية:

تعالى نراجع الشريط من الأول كده...
النفس: كان حال الأخوان إيه في البلد بعد الثورة؟
الإخواني: كنا زي الفل. محبوبين و الناس متعشمة فينا خير.
النفس: كان حالكو إيه مع زملائكوا الثوار من التيارات التانية؟
الإخواني: آه, كنا حبايب و قلنا إن البلد تكفينا كلنا، لحد...
النفس: لحد إيه؟
الإخواني: يعني إختلفنا على الإعلان الدستوري
النفس: وقلتوا إيه وقتها؟
الإخواني: قولنا إحنا و حلفائنا للناس: قول "نعم" لحماية الشريعة الإسلامية و "غزوة الصناديق"
النفس: و بعدين؟
الإخواني: دي تقريبا عدت، لحد لما...
النفس: لحد لما إيه؟
الإخواني: يعني، قلنا كام حاجة معملنهاش
النفس:  زي إيه؟
الإخواني: "حندخل ننافس على 35% من البرلمان بس" و "مش حنترشح للرئاسة" و شوية حاجات بسيطه كده
النفس: و بعد كده؟
الإخواني: خدنا البرلمان قمنا قلبين علي زملائنا الثوار من التيارات التانية
النفس: وقلتوا إيه وقتها؟
الإخواني: قلنا "إيه الي وداهم هناك" و "يا واد يا مؤمن
النفس: و بعد كده؟
الإخواني: من وقتها و إحنا بنتنك و نحتكر السلطة، ما إحنا الأغلبية و الأقوى على الساحة
النفس: و بعد كده؟
الإخواني: كسبنا الرئاسة
النفس: و بعد كده؟
الإخواني: يعني كان فيه ناس عصرين على نفسهم لمون و إنتخبوا راجلنا
النفس: و بعد كده؟
الإخواني: إختلفوا معانا في طريقتنا في الحكم  و "الإعلان الدستوري"و أداء راجلنا
النفس: وقلتوا إيه وقتها؟
الإخواني: إتهمنا الكل (الي مش من رأينا) بالعمالة أو الفلولية أو الفسوق أو حتى الكفر
النفس: و بعد كده؟
الإخواني: قعدنا ننكركل يوم إن شعبيتنا بتقل ... دي يا جماعة كانت بتزيد. ده إحنا الي معايا الصناديق!
النفس: و بعد كده؟
الإخواني: نزل في يوم عدد هائل مننا و شلفطنا الهمج (الثوار) بتوع الإتحادية... هما فكرين إنهم يشتموا راجلنا و إحنا نتفرج. كان لازم تأديبهم
النفس: و بعد كده؟
الإخواني: يعني "سحرة فرعون" قعدوا يكدبوا علينا و يتهمونا بحاجات ظلم و يتلككوا للحكومة و الريس
النفس: يتلككوا إزاى يعني؟
الإخواني: يعني "ناسا" و "لخبطة القرارات" و "فضيحة بث المؤتمر بتاع مياه النيل و سد أثيوبيا" و "تعالي و أنا أقول لك" و "وزارة الثقافة"... حاجات بسيطة يعني"
النفس: و دلوقتي إزاي الحال؟
الإخواني: إتلموا كلهم ضدنا... جيش، شرطة، مسيحيين، ثوار ، حزب كنبة، لبراليين، علمانيين، و غيرهم
النفس: غيرهم مين يعني؟
الإخواني: يعني... مسلمين كده بس بالإسم..."وخدين الكفر ملة و دين

النفس: بقي يا راجل بعد كل ده، و أسلوبك مع الناس ده و مش عايز الكل يقلب عليك؟
مش كان أولى تفضل إيدك في إيد زمايلك الثوار من الأول كان زمنكوا عديتوا مع بعض بسلام؟
يا راجل ده إنتوا خليتوا حزب الكنبة يترحم على مبارك. و أادي الفلول شموا نفسهم تاني. ده يا مؤمن في ناس فلول بقوا عاشين دور الثورجية. شفت الهنا الي بقينا فيه؟
و أرجع أفكرك تاني: "الهزيمة عادة بتكون بسبب أخطاء أنا عملتها، قبل ما تكون بسبب قوة خصمي

الإخواني: أنا متهزمتش! "كله إلا مرسي"... "ده معاه الشرعية" "دونها الرقاب" "حتضيعوا الثورة

النفس: حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل فيك يا شيخ. جبتلي شلل

Mood: Mashlool min el kalam ma3ahom :S

Thursday, March 21, 2013

عن الخرفان و النعاج و أنا... كفاية!

بقالي فترة بفكر بهدوء في المشادات و المشاحنات الي بين الناس علي الفيس بوك أو وجها لوجه (ولي أنا منكرش طبعا إني كنت طرف فيها مع ناس) أو الإعلام بسبب السياسة و غيرها.

و بغض النظر عن مين صح و مين غلط في كل حدث علي حده، بس عمال يجي في بالي كلمة موجودة في الحديث ده:
"أربع من كن فيه كان منافقاً خالصاً، ومن كانت فيه خصلة منهن كانت فيه خصلة من النفاق حتى يدعها، إذا اؤتمن خان، وإذا حدث كذب، وإذا عاهد غدر، وإذا خاصم فجر."

"وإذا خاصم فجر"
الكلمة دي قلقاني شوية علي نفسي و علي ناس كتير بحبهم و بخاف عليهم (أهل، أصحاب، أحباب... الخ).

لاحظت أننا بقينا مش موضوعيين في أحيان كتيرة (وأنا منهم) و بقينا علي إستعداد نصدق أي هتش (أي كلام) وأتهامات بدون دليل بس علشان بنكره شخص أو جبهة أو حزب . زي مثلا السولار مختفي لأنه كله في غزة (علي أساس إن غزة أو تعدادها أد مصر و تعدادها!) أو الكلام عن صهيونية البرادعي العميل أو اد إيه عيلة ساويرس حرامية ... و كل الاتهامات الي مثلها و الكلام مطلق بدون دليل (دليل قاطع مثبت من مصدر موثوق أو حكم محكمة).

لاحظت أننا بقينا بنتريق (وأنا منهم) علي الأشخاص بمنتها البساطة زي الكلام عن الخرفان أو عن الخنازير و النعاج. و الأسواء إننا بقينا بنلسن حتي علي البيوت و الأعراض زي التلسين علي بنت البردعي أو أم أيمن أو ام كباسين و ابو حملات و ابو جهل (خيرت ولي معاه) و سلطانية مرسي و لبس عبد الناصر و ناس تانية ياما.

لاحظت أننا بقينا بنشوف العدل و الحق و المساواة  في القصاص بعين أه و عين لأ (وأنا منهم). زي حرق مقرات الإخوان مثلا أو ضرب المتظاهرين عند الاتحادية و مكتب الارشاد و أو الحديث عن الشرعية و بعدها حصار المحكمة الدستورية من نفس الناس و غيرها من الاحداث.

لاحظت أننا بقينا قاسيين أوى في بعض المواقف (وأنا منهم). زي شماتة بعض الناس في موت بعض الإخوان و أعوانهم أو وفاة متظاهرين ضد الإخوان و الردود الي بتتقال زي "احسن" أو "إيه الي وداهم هناك" و الكلام ده.

و لاحظت... و لاحظت... و لاحظت...

قبل لما نبرر لنفسنا التصرفات دي (حتي في عقلنا دلوقتي) و نبتدي نقول حاجات زي " إحنا بنقول و بنعمل كده علشان هما جبهة خراب و عملاء او مش عاوزين الشريعة تتطبق" او " إحنا بنقول و بنعمل كده علشان أصل دول كدابين و بتوع عشيرتهم بس و بهدلو البلد"، أعتقد أننا كافراد (أو علي الأقل أنا حقول لنفسي) لازم نفتكر كلمة عمر المختار (حتي لوكانت جزء من الفلم بس): "إنهم ليسو قدوة لنا".

من الأخر، كل الي حوالينا ده حيزول في يوم من الأيام و حيفضل أدام ربنا و حتي أدام نفسنا "إحنا عملنا و قلنا إيه في حياتنا".
طبعا لازم نعترض. و طبعا  لازم نخالف الي شايفينو غلط و ندافع عن الحق من وجهة نظرنا.
بس أعتقد إننا لازم نحاول (و اتمني ربنا يوفقنا) علي اد منقدر منوصلش لمرحلة الكلمة دي:

وإذا خاصم فجر.... وإذا خاصم فجر...

سموها سذاجة... سموها  سطحية... سموها زي متسموها. المهم تفكروا فيها

Mood: Concerned :| 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

يوميات الرجل المصري... (شيء في صدري... و في كليتي أحيانا!)

الأربعين "إنت" التي لا يخلو منها بيت الزوجية...

إنت ما بتسألش عليا ليه؟
إنت مبتتكلمش معايا ليه؟
إنت بتكلمني ببرود كده ليه؟
إنت بتكلمني بزعيق كده ليه؟
إنت مش فاهمني علي فكرة !
إنت قصدك إيه من الي كتبته علي الفيس بوك؟
إنت بتعمل كده ليه؟
إنت مبتعملش كده ليه؟
إنت مبسوط كده ليه؟؟؟؟؟؟
إنت مبتساعدنيش خالص!
إنت كإنك مش عايش معانا!
إنت مبتحطش إيدك في البيت خالص!
إنت عمرك ما ساعدت في حاجة للعيال!
إنت كنت حتعمل إيه من غيري مش فاهمة!
إنت مش حتزود الفلوس بقي؟
إنت لازم تيجي معايا المشوار ده!
إنت لازم تفضي نفسك و تزور قرايبي معايا!
إنت متضايق أوي يعني إنك بقالك أسبوع بتجيب دليفري؟ أعملك إيه مفيش طبيخ!
إنت بتشتكي ليه، فيها إيه لو غسيلك بقالو إسبوعين في الغسالة؟
إنت دايما كده، تقلب كل حاجة عليا. فيها إيه يعني لما أصرخ في البيت طول الوقت؟
إنت مش حتبطل بخلك ده؟ ليه مستغرب إني إشتريت بلوفر جديد غير التمنتاشر الي عندي في الدولاب؟
إنت مستغرب ليه؟ أيوه، الشنطة الديور بتاعتي فات عليها شهرين و  بالنسبالي بقت قديمة. فيها ايه يعني؟
إنت حتفضل كل يوم تتفرج علي متشات الكورة ؟
إنت مش حتبطل لعب بلايستاشن؟
إنت حتخرج مع صحابك تاني؟ مش كفاية إنك خرجت الشهر الي فات؟!
إنت ليه دايما مع صحابك بتضحك و معايا لأ؟
إنت متروق كده و رايح علي فين إن شاء الله؟
إنت إتأخرت ليه؟
إنت جيت بدري ليه؟
إنت كنت فين؟
إنت بتكلم مين؟
إنت أساسا مين؟؟؟؟
إنت فرحان بنفسك كده ليه؟
إنت مالك ظريف كده ليه مع الستات التانية؟
إنت تعرف الست دي منين؟
إنت بتهزر مع الست دي كده ليه؟ أنا مبرتحلهاش!
إنت بتبصلها كده ليه؟
إنت عاجبك فيها إيه دي؟ دي حتى شكلها بلدي و بتحط "ميكاب" كتير!
إنت و كل الرجالة كده... عينكو فارغة ومابتفهموش في الستات!
إنت إيه حكايتك؟ فضيالك أنا بقي علشان أفضل ألبسلك كعب عالي وأرقصلك بلدي في البيت؟ إيه البلاوي دي!

لأ و إيه، بعد كل ده تلاقيها بمنتهى التمكن تقولك:
إنت مبقتش تحبني زي زمان ليه؟
؟؟؟؟؟!!!!!!!

رد إنت بقي يا حسين!!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Canada 101 for Immigrants (3/5)


Post 3:

NOTE: ALL INFO IS PER MY EXPERINCE BACK IN 2011. PROCEDURES AND PROCESSES HAVE CHANGED. USE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK J

Bills:

OK, almost anything here can either be sent to you via email or in paper format. The only comment I had here is that you might opt to paperless bills (emails), but please keep in mind you NEED AT LEAST 1 PAPER COPY of your bills. You will need original bills as proof of residence (you can use your Internet/Phone providers bill, Electrical Company bill…etc.).
My advice is… choose paper bills, get your first bill, and then opt to paperless (for the environment and all that jazz).

Clothing:

Winter...

Welcome to the extreme! Woohahaha!
Source: Volconovo
 
As you might read around the net about the Canadian winter and clothing…it is all about “layering”.
Officially, winter starts in December (might start snowing as early as end of October though), yet keep in mind that starting end of September the temperatures tend to go down to what we consider winter temperatures in the Middle East for example (between 5-18).

Talking about Winter, there are many options for clothing. My advice is to go for at least the below…
1-      You will need an undergarment trouser (a special trouser to wear under your normal trousers/jeans). There are many types, each are for a certain temperature range. Usually, they call them “Light weigh”, “Medium” and Heavy weight”. From my experience you’ll need 2 sets…the light weight and heavy weight;
2-      You’ll need 2 sets of gloves (one thin and another one very thick for playing in the snow or on very cold days);
3-      You’ll need ice-caps;
4-      You’ll need ear muffs (must wear when temp below -4C or your ears/hearing can be damaged over a longish period of time. I heard horrible stories about this!);
5-      You’ll need special boots (keep an eye on the temperature they are supposed to operate in. Check the shoes’ description);
6-      You’ll need a very thick Jacket. Jackets here are measured by the “Downing” in them. This is the density of duck feathers in them. The higher the better (the more expensive). The avg winter ones are usually 550. The highest I’ve seen are 850s I think.

Summer...
Summer here is AMAZING! I always thought it is a waste to leave Canada during summer and go for vacation anywhere else.
Having said that, during August you will (for sure) need a wind-breaker and water resistant jacket. It usually rains a lot in August.

One last thing to say, don’t let people scare you about winter in Canada, if you embrace it… it can actually be a very nice experience… I loved it (for now :D )

Transportation:

·         Public Transportation
Public transportation here is very well maintained, and usually very clean and safe.
There are many ticketing options, but I’d recommend (for immigrants and people staying in Canada for a long duration) purchasing long term transportation cards.
You should be able to buy one from any Metro/under-ground station (even in some train stations).
Apply for a monthly card (at least monthly, you can even save more by going for yearly for example). Most cities have an option to purchase a card which can be used on Buses, Metros and even Trains (but will be a per zone thing. As in the further the card can take you the more it will cost).

·         Driving & Signs

AAAH, THE IMMIGRANTS' NIGHTMARE!
Source: AncestrallinksBlog
OK, if you think you have this under control… YOU DON’T!
This turned out to be one of the worse experiences immigrants go through.

Now, if you are from a first world country (UK for example) moving here, you should be ok, as they will simply check your country’s driver’s license and issue you a Canadian equivalent (NOTE: each Canadian province has its own driver’s license, yet any of them are considered a “Canadian driver’s lic”).

For non-first-world-country citizens…. Let the games begin!
First advice, make sure you get your country-of-origin’s driver’s license translated either before coming or better off translate it in your country’s consulate here in Canada.
You then take this translation and go to the Driving License responsible committee or society (depending on the province you are in).
You fill in the application, show them you papers, and they will advise your case. I cannot elaborate much on this part as it is quite different from one province to another. You will generally go throw 2 stages:

a)      Written exam (electronic actually):
You must study properly for this. I saw a lot of people think they have this under control and fail… some fail more than 4 times! The advice is, get the books, read them. After that, check online for exercises and solve those.
b)      Driving exam:
DO NOT JUST TAKE THE EXAM THINKING YOU KNOW HOW TO DRIVE…YOU WILL FAIL. PREPARE IS THE ANSWER!
A lot of people whom have been driving in their own countries think: “oooh, I have been driving for 10, 20, 30 year… this shouldn’t be a problem”.
Others say: “if I can drive in xxx (Cairo let’s say), I can drive anywhere”, and they just go for the exam without proper preparation. All those fail, and if you try the same, there is a high possibility you will fail too.

My advice is to take at least a few driving lessons with “wa7ed meda2da2” (experienced person) from a driving school company. They know what to watch out for.

Another advice is (I know this will sound odd): ”Follow the signs NOT the cars”!
Yes, in countries where driving is hectic and chaotic, people (like myself back home) tend to keep an eye on other cars to avoid their mistakes (i.e. people in Cairo for example only stop at an intersection ONLY if they “see” another car, and they don’t think they can out run the other car through the intersection!).
On the other hand, in Canada (contrary to Egypt for example), if you are driving and there isn’t a STOP sign looking in your direction at the next intersection, you should keep on driving through the intersection (DO NOT HIT BRAKES TO CHECK OTHER CARS AT INTERSECTION like what we used to do in Egypt).

Following the signs will take some time getting used to. But, if you get this one right, you are good to go!

For Ontario, everything you need to do about the driver's license is here including the handbook you need to study from for the written test:
Search online for other provinces.

·         Gas Stations & Parking:


PetroCanada


Although I travelled a lot before coming to Canada, I never rented a car abroad. So, for me this was a new experience.
Unlike the Middle-East, most gas stations here are “Serve Yourself” stations (Free Service). Basically, you drive in, you get out of the car, insert your payment card (Visa or Mastercard), you then choose the gas type, and fill it yourself.
The first time I stood in front of the gas-stations pump I felt like “fala7 lesa tale3 min el gheet 3al Bandar”…I had no clue how to use the thing. lol

Another interesting thing I found out here(which I didn’t know) is that contrary to Middle-East Countries, gas prices change DAILY!

As for Parking lots, you basically get the parking spot number you left the car in, go to the payment machine, type the number, slot in your payment card, choose the duration, and then you should get a receipt at the end of the transaction. Depending on the province, you might need to leave this on the dashboard (Ontario province for example).

Medical Care:

This is something you should do as soon as possible. Apply for your provinces medical care as soon as you have a temporary driver's license or a bank statement that has actually been mailed to your address (or any other form of proof of address).
NOTE: A printed copy WILL NOT work!

Keep in mind that medical cards take a few weeks or months to get delivered to you. During this duration if (God forbid) you or your family need medical care, you will have to pay for it. And I mena PAY ( a friend’s wife had to go to the hospital, he paid more than 700 dollars!).
To offset this, you could get private medical insurance for a couple of months till you get the Government (provincial) cards.

Health cards are obtained at Ministry of Health and Long-term care outlets.
Link: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ohip/ . Check online for your provinces Medical care site.

… to be continued.

Mood: Numb :|

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Canada 101 for Immigrants (2/5)...


Post 2:

NOTE: ALL INFO IS PER MY EXPERINCE BACK IN 2011. PROCEDURES AND PROCESSES HAVE CHANGED. USE THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK J


Before Arriving…

There is so much info about this part on the internet, I won’t go into any details. The only thing I can say is “read a lot, research a lot, ask as many people as you can”.

Note: You’ll have a check-list sent to you by CIC, make sure to keep an eye on that.

Arriving…
 
Arriving... don't worry it won't be this bad :)
Source: latinamericanstudies.org
As mentioned above the CIC does a really good job informing you about what you need to do when you arrive (via letters sent to the immigrant before they arrive…etc).

Here are a few notes (I either wrote down or noted from friends)…

Once at the airport, you will stand in the usual passports line and when you get to the officer, she/he will tell you where you need to go next to process your landing. You will then go to the immigration office to finalize your landing, and you provide them with an address to which they can mail you the permanent residence cards. I believe they also have an alternative system if you don't have an address yet. You can leave Canada without this card, but you must have it on you upon re-entry. It usually takes 4-6 weeks for processing. So, this entire process is done at the airport, and all you have to do is wait for the permanent visas to be mailed to you. For now, they will staple your permanent residency form in your passport.

They will then direct you to a "welcome" office where they will give you a tote bag :) and a lot of brochures and booklets with information about Canada and the things you need to do the next few days/weeks. Your final stop will be customs where you will give them your list of belongings (if you want to do that).

Past the airport (Take your passports with you to all the offices you will go to together with all your immigration documents)

A New Immigrant’s Initial Tasks (in a nut-shell):
-          Apply for Permanent Residency Card (PRC) at the arrival Airport (must have a local address in Canada for this), The PRC will be mailed to address in ~5 weeks.
-          Buy a Mobile and SIM card using your temporary landing papers (to prove you are a resident) and passport (till you get your PRC card). You need a Phone number as you apply for anything anywhere in this country.
-          Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) card (are obtained at Service Canada office,  http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/sin/index.shtml). It will take 10 days (you’ll get the SIN numbers for all your family members printed on a paper when you apply, the actual cards come later).
-          Open bank account with one of the big banks. Check the banks section in my posts for more info.
-          Go Check Schools, because per schools you’ll have to check rentals in that area. For more info, check Schools and rental sections in my coming posts.
-          Check for rentals near the schools you want your kids to reside in.
-          Go to your home country’s embassy, and translate your Home Country’s Driver's License (if you have one), this will come in handy when applying for a Canadian driver’s license. Check Driving section for more info.
-          Go apply for your Province’s Health Card: You’ll need a Canadian driver’s license or a Bank statements (or anything with your address on it). They need proof of address (a lease agreement will suffice).

Accommodations…

$$$...it's all about $$$
Source: CanadianBusiness
1-      Temporary Accommodation:

One of the first things to do before coming to Canada is searching for, and booking your temp. accommodation. By temp. accommodation… I mean: a place where you will stay for up to a month or so till you find a flat to move into.
Ask friends  or even rent something via TripAdvisor Rentals website or something of the sort.

Note: be careful when using your temp accommodation as you apply at different places (like when opening a bank account) as they will tend to send you mail to that address. This WILL be a problem if you are not careful. I had my Credit cards sent to a temp accommodation which I had moved out from!!!! (went well though..no issue al 7amdo lelAh).

2-      First few Years Rental:

Immigrants tend to rent unfurnished flats (lowering the costs as much as possible when they arrive). The important thing is to try and get a flat somewhere central (do your homework via the net on this one per the city you will be in). By central I mean… near transportation (bus-train-metro), super markets, laundry,…etc.

Here are a few good resources:
Rentals and more : http://kijiji.ca  

Things to check in a flat:
- Garage: reserved parking spot or entitles you to a discount on the monthly parking fee
- Heating: includes the price of heating in your rent
- Elec (hydro included)?
- Laundry available
- Gym or Pool?
- Elect type?
- Balcony?
- Open kitchen?
- Stove type (gas is nicer for cooking!)
- What appliances are included in the apartment
- Elevator?
- Maintenance
- Pets allowed? (may you’ll endup with dogs barking all night!)
- Limitation on number of people living in apartment?
- Deposit you pay when you sign the lease? (refunded when leaving)
- Note anything damaged or amiss and negotiate for repair or replacement

Things To inspect (if part of rental agreement):
-Water pressure
-Telephone outlets
-Locations of water main and fuse box
-Cable connection
-Screens on windows
-Heating and gas system
-Working appliances
-Security alarm system
-Washer and dryer
-Microwave

3-      Buying House:

Usually, after a year (or more) immigrants whom feel they are doing well (and have proper credit history – more details in banks section) tend to start searching for houses.
The reasons are obvious, besides investment, ownership, space… a major driver will be :You’ll get fed up yelling at your kids (if any) all the time wanting them to be keep quiet, as you don’t want neighbors complaining”.

Again, the same rule comes handy: “read a lot, research a lot, ask as many people as you can”.
I do advise going for a Real-Estate Agent as they make many things more clear (they don’t take money from you, they get their money from the seller…so no worries there!).

When buying a house, the rule of thumb is: “Location, location, location”… any real estate agent will tell you that. So, when comparing houses, give higher evaluation points for the location.

The buying process is quite straight-forward...

- Search for a house (with or without a Real-Estate Agent). Real-Estate Agent to sort out appointments for you;
- Get a Licensed Housing Inspector to check the house for you (provides you with a report on what needs to be fixed in a house). Real-Estate Agent can help identify one for you;
If you will go ahead with a specific house:
- Get a bank's Pre-Authorization on a loan that covers the house's selling price. MAKE SURE YOU SHOP FOR MORTGAGES (loans), as they differ from one entity or bank to another (check banks websites for rates and offers). I’d go for big banks (safer I think???);
- Give in a proposal (with conditions if you want certain things to be fixed or left for you to use...etc). Real-Estate Agent can help;
- After all formalities (usually a few proposals and counter proposals will take place before you get the seller to sign on the final proposal).
- Get final loan (mortgage) approval from bank;
- Agree on a specific Notary with Seller (where you and the seller will sign the contract). Again, Real-Estate Agent can help;
- Notary will call you a few days before Contract signing to meet up and sign a few papers (and checks).
- Meet at Notary and sign Contract. You might be asked to settle a few bills that the seller had paid for yet you will be benefiting from;
- 10 to 20 days later, you’ll get your contract papers via mail
- Plan your move… check for moving companies for rates, and try to avoid moving the 1st 2 weeks of July as those are the peak weeks.
 
Canada’s top Real Estate Database (list of houses being sold across Canada): http://www.realtor.ca

…to be continued.

Mood: Still Hungry :S