Home Buying Blogs – Calgary

Home buying advice for Calgary, Alberta residents.

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3 Things to Know Before Buying a Historic HomeBuying a historic home gives prospective Discovery Ridge homeowners a chance to be a part of history. However, buying and owning a historic home is a lot different from owning a modern home. Here's what homeowners with a love for the historic should know about buying historic homes before taking the plunge.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Be Aware of Possible Defects in the Home

The older a home, the greater the risk of defects and damages caused by outdated building practices or wear and tear over time. Many older homes have not been sufficiently maintained over the years, so homeowners looking to purchase a historic home should

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Which Foundation Type Should Your Next Home Have?The foundation of the home is the building block on which a home is constructed. Homes can have one of three types of foundations: a slab foundation, a crawl space, or a slab foundation. The type of foundation a home has is important because it changes how certain repairs can be done to a home, and it can even affect the insurance premium for the home. Because of this, anyone buying a new home needs to be aware of the different types of foundations and how to identify them. Here are the differences between the three home foundation types.

Basement Foundations

Basements are a type of foundation that changes popularity depending on the region. While basements used to be formed out of cinderblocks, they’re now made with poured concrete walls to

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How to Handle Your Home Buying EscrowThe home closing process is the tail end of a hectic journey for a Roxboro home buyer. From the pre-qualification letter to the final acceptance of the offer, it's easy to miss a step during escrow. We'll look at how long the process lasts, what affects the outcome, and why buyers will want to consult a real estate agent before agreeing to anything final.

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A Time of Examination

There's a reason why a home isn't sold the day the buyer makes the offer, and it's so both parties have time to examine the details of the sale. On average, escrow lasts for about a month, though this time period is much more of

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What to Include on Your Home Wish ListFor many Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill home buyers, house hunting is the most fun part of the home buying process. However, buyers should never go to home showings blind. It’s easy to forget the little things that buyers want in a home or get distracted by all the things they didn’t know they wanted. The easiest way to prevent this is by making a home wish list. Every home buyer should have a list of what they want out of their new home. Here is how to put together the best home wish list.

Wants and Needs

When a buyer is making their wish list, it can be helpful to put all the different entries into one of two categories: want and need. This can help the buyer create a priority for the things they need and decide what they’re willing to pass

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4 Reasons You Should Buy Your Next Home With CashHow a Canyon Meadows home buyer chooses to purchase their next home is a huge decision that will affect their finances and their life. Most buyers choose to use a mortgage or home loan to purchase their new home, but there is another way to buy a home. Cash can be a great alternative to purchasing a home with a mortgage. It provides a lot of advantages that home loans do not. While not everyone has the means to purchase a home with cash, those who do have the ability to pay in such a way should do so. Here are some advantages that buyers can gain by choosing to purchase their home with cash.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney, tax, or financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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What You Should Know About Floor Plans When House HuntingThe floor plan of a Bayview home has a lot to do with how it's used on a daily basis. While open floor plans are popular in homes currently, there are pros and cons both closed- and open-concept house layouts. No matter the intended use of a home, buyers should be aware of the different floor plan types and the benefits and drawbacks of each option.

Open-Concept Homes

Likely the most popular and modern of the list, the idea of an open-home concept is to create a breathable space where light can splash in from every corner. Builders take full advantage of this plan by experimenting with skylights and different types of windows. Buyers can identify an open-concept home because there will be multiple exit paths from single rooms. For example, the

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Tips for Creating a Solid Home Buying BudgetIt's no secret investing in an Altadore-Garrison home is a decision that will impact a family for years to come, and being able to pay for what is needed must be considered first and foremost when developing a home buying budget. Use these tips to create a workable financial plan before buying a home in Canada.

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Calculate a Realistic Price Range

Nothing can drain away the joy and security of homeownership like falling behind on payments and other obligations that accompany it. Setting a realistic range of mortgage payments one can afford while balancing lifestyle needs and other bills can be the difference

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What to Know Buying a Home in an Age-Restricted CommunityBuying a home in an age-restricted community is different from buying a home in a typical West Hillhurst neighborhood. Age-restricted communities bring together seniors in a place where they can enjoy the company of their peers. Often, age-restricted communities also have amenities like pools, recreation rooms and community rooms.

These benefits are not free, and many people who are buying in an age-restricted community should be aware of the application process, HOA fees, and other rules that often accompany these communities. If you're a senior who is thinking about purchasing property in an age-restricted community, here's what you need to know.

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4 Real Estate Property Types to Know When Buying a HomeWhen buying a home, it can seem like there are a million options for prospective Apsen Woods homeowners to pursue. Before homeowners can decide what home they want, first they have to decide what type of home they want. Here are a few different types of homes to consider for your next residence.

Single-Family Homes

Single-family homes are the classic home option for homeowners. These homes are defined as a structure housing a single family without connecting to any other homes or living spaces. This is the most common real estate property type, which allows owners to have full control of their property.

Because homeowners with single-family homes have full control of the house and the surrounding land, they have full control over what happens

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How to Give an Earnest Money DepositAn earnest money deposit is also called an initial deposit, and it's typically made to show the seller just how serious a buyer is. There are several things to note before handing over several thousands of dollars though. Not only can earnest money deposits tie up money, which could otherwise be used for a more suitable property, but there is a possibility the earnest money deposit can be lost to the seller. Learn more about what it takes to navigate this process so it's mutually beneficial to City Centre home buyers and sellers.

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The Basics

Earnest money is not required for home sales, and it's entirely negotiable. It's

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