Real-estate rookies

Five tips for first-time homebuyers

The financing, the finagling, the legwork and the looking – buying your first home is one of the most exciting times of your life, but it can also be one of the most intimidating and stressful things you’ll ever do.

An experienced REALTOR® can help guide you through every step, negotiate on your behalf and streamline the entire purchase process.

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Real estate education

It’s the biggest investment we are ever likely to make, yet too often buying and selling a home comes with a bunch of misconceptions about making the most of that investment.

Len T. Wong, broker/owner of RE/MAX Len T. Wong and Associates, chalks these misconceptions up to a lack of information, rather than any fundamental misunderstandings about the buying and selling process. Providing that education to the client, he says, is the role of an experienced REALTOR®.

Here are the top five buying and selling misconceptions Wong has seen throughout his 25-year real estate career: (more…)

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Choosing Chestermere

Jeff and Jessica Huynh found their forever home in Calgary’s eastern neighbour

When it came to finding their forever home, sussing out a family friendly community that offered a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, and was close to family and amenities, was top of mind for Jeff and Jessica Huynh. The Huynhs had been living in Coventry Hills in Calgary’s northwest. They enjoyed the neighbourhood, but with two young children, the couple wanted to be closer to family who live in Calgary’s northeast areas of Pineridge, Coral Springs and Marlborough.

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Living the high life

Patricia and Michael Insole went from renters to buyers and never looked back

For Patricia and Michael Insole, timing was everything when it came to purchasing their penthouse condo in Calgary’s inner-city Beltline neighbourhood.

They weren’t really looking to buy a home, but when the building where they were renting became a condominium conversion, they jumped at the chance to purchase. They gathered a down payment, borrowing from family and friends, and purchased their 1,700-square-foot condo on the 15th floor. (more…)

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Taking the Plunge

First-time home buyer finds her new abode by following her instincts

Danielle Burtoway has always had her sights set on buying a home, rather than renting one.

“I want to be smart about it,” said the 24-year-old, who currently lives with her parents. After looking for the past several months, Burtoway has taken the proverbial plunge – she’s buying a unit in Copperfield Park III.

While Burtoway admits that price was a definite consideration, she didn’t commence her property search with a specific list of criteria.

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