Tips for buying a home for sale in SE or SW Calgary

Senior couple discussing business paperwork with a female consultantBuying a residence can be a stressful experience. You will experience a roller coaster of emotions while finding the right place, securing the loan, and finally moving into your Calgary home. For most of us, the first time home purchase is the largest investment we’ve ever considered. The emotions of purchasing something so expensive and personal can often cloud our business judgment.

Imagine the Property Vacant

Your furnishings and decorations will be the ones filling this new residence. Don’t be swayed by beautiful furniture; it leaves with the owner.

Income + Lifestyle = Mortgage Payment

Sit down with your professional real estate agent and honestly discuss your income level and living expenses. Take into account future considerations, children, add-ons, amenities, and fix-ups. Your dream home is certainly worth a sacrifice, but don’t mortgage your entire future.

View Several Homes

See at least 7-10 properties. Don’t move too slowly, but don’t jump on the first property you see either. With your my help, you should be able to view enough properties in SE and SW Calgary neighbourhoods to get a good overall perspective of the Calgary real estate market. When you find the right property, all the leg work will be worth it.

Utilize Your Team

By aligning yourself with me and my extensive list of Calgary real estate professionals, you will have an entire team at your disposal. I will help you to utilize your lender, insurance broker, and even your lawyer. Each of them should work hand in hand for your benefit. Explore all the options before you sign.

Be a Detective

Check out all costs and expenses before you sign, including utilities, taxes, insurance, maintenance, and home owner dues if applicable. Make sure all utilities (gas, electricity, and water) are on during your walk-through so you can inspect everything in working order. Ask lots of questions and be very detail conscious.

Do a Final Walk-through

Visit the property after all furnishings have been moved out to be sure there are no surprises. Be absolutely positive the property was left exactly as you had agreed upon in the contract. Things that could have been spotted in a final walk-through are often unintentionally overlooked.

Plan For Flexibility

Closing dates are not written in stone. Allow for contingencies and have a back-up plan. If you or the sellers need a little more time to conclude the final arrangements, don’t let these delays upset or frustrate you. These types of circumstances are not uncommon in a real estate transaction.

If It’s Not In Writing, It Doesn’t Exist

All promises and discussions should be in writing. Don’t make any assumptions or believe any assurances. Even the best intentions can be misinterpreted. Have your professional keep an ongoing log in writing of all discussions and get the seller’s written approval on all agreements.

Loyalty Breeds Loyalty

Be open, honest and up front with myself and the rest of your team. Hard feelings and disloyalty will cause headaches, delays or may even keep you from getting into the home you worked so hard to locate. Take the time to select the right team in the beginning and your first home purchase will be a pleasing and memorable experience.

If you’re looking for a Calgary real estate agent who knows the areas of SW and SE Calgary like the back of their hand and who can assemble the right team of professionals, then please give me a call today.

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