The Home Buying Process in Calgary

 

Portrait of a happy mature man and woman carrying kids on backIt is essential to have an experienced Calgary Realtor to guide you through the Calgary home buying process. Whether it’s your first move or your tenth, the rules are always changing and it is my job as an experienced SW Calgary area real estate agent to ensure that your home buying experience is as stress free as possible.

Avoid these 9 critical mistakes that could cost you thousands of dollars when buying your home!

Don’t “low-ball” your initial offer

Vendors tend to give less of a counter offer (closer to list price), if they feel insulted. Understand the current market value of the home and comparable SOLDS.

Get Pre-approved

A pre-approved mortgage can be done for 90 days for FREE. You can usually negotiate your mortgage rate between 1/2-1% off the posted rates with your lender.

Have me arrange a home inspection

A home inspection with a qualified engineer costs about $300.00 (approx). It could very well be your best money spent. You want to know exactly what you are bidding on.

Avoid buying the most expensive home on the street

The most advantageous situation is to purchase the worst home in a good area, rather than the best house in the worst area. “Location, Location, Location” is true! I know the SE and SW neighbourhoods of Calgary like the back of my hand – let me show you where the deals are!

Prepare a down payment of at least 25%.

When you have a down payment that is almost 25%, it is usually less expensive to arrange a first and second mortgage and save on CMHC insurance fees.

Arrange an accelerated Bi-weekly payment plan on your mortgage.

On your mortgage, you will save the most money if you opt for an accelerated Bi-weekly payment plan, or if you double up one payment per year. This will shorten your amortization periods by over 6 years!

Take advantage of tax credits.

Place up to $20,000.00 per person of your down payment in a short term RRSP to be held for at least 90 days, or until closing.

Try and stretch to the maximum you can afford.

Generally you will get more for your buck at the top of your budget and have more success when you re-sell.

Be sure to check into your lawyer’s fees ahead of time.

These are separate from disbursements. Ask me to refer you to reliable professionals.

Contact me as soon as you are ready to start looking into the Calgary real estate market – it’s never too soon to start shopping.

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