buyer tips

July 14,23

Buying a Home “As-Is” – Foreclosures and More

Buying a home “as-is” can be very tempting, especially in a seller’s market like Calgary is currently experiencing. Low supply and the price point can be factors that drive people to these kinds of properties. A CREA blog covers the risks and rewards of buying…

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June 20,23

Condo Board Questions to Ask

Condos are a popular first step into homeownership and desired by seniors looking for low-maintenance living. Purchasing a condo is quite different than if you were buying a single-family home and there are some questions you will want answers to before you finalize your purchase.…

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April 25,23

Negotiation Secrets

Negotiation is truly an art and not everyone has a knack for it. Having a well-rounded agent – who is not afraid to get into the negotiation arena – is so important whether you are on the buying or selling side. In the over 30…

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April 14,23

Tips to save for your home purchase

Saving up for a home can feel daunting, but with a solid plan you will most certainly reach your goal of homeownership. Here are some strategies I’ve picked up that have helped many of my buyers build up the down-payment for their first home… Build…

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March 9,23

Presenting an Offer in a Seller’s Market

There is no question that we are in a seller’s market right now. I’ve mentioned many times lately how the offers I’ve been dealing with, both on the seller and buyer side, have been multiple offer situations with homes selling $20,000-50,000 + over the asking…

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January 6,23

Rent to own fails

Have you ever heard of a rent to own agreement? An agreement between the tenant and the homeowner stating that a portion of the monthly rent is credited toward the future purchase of the property when the lease ends, typically 1-5 years. The arrangement might…

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October 11,22

Cleaning and possession – for buyers and sellers

Some of the offers I receive contain a “cleaning” clause that usually reads something like this – Seller to have the home professionally cleaned or a $500 holdback will be credited to the Buyer. I never recommend my sellers agree to a clause like this…

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September 23,22

Don’t Forget These Costs When Buying a Home

You’ve been dreaming of and saving for your home sweet home for some time – you know how much of a deposit you need and are almost there! Before you get in my car to check out some potential homes, I want to make sure…

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September 16,22

Choosing a Mortgage Lender

I love a smooth real estate transaction. And it really does take a team of professionals working for you to make it all come together. One member of your dream team is your mortgage specialist, so when I saw this blog the other day on…

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August 11,22

Removing conditions on time

You know that saying “time is of the essence”? Well in real estate, it really truly is. The purchase contract has strict timelines that must be followed - literally to the minute - in order for the transaction to remain “alive”. One missed step and…

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