Advice From A Calgary Realtor: Tips For Buyers

Advice From A Calgary Realtor: Tips For Buyers

Maybe you are buying your first home, searching for your dream home, downsizing, or becoming an empty nester. Or perhaps you are thinking about purchasing a rental unit to start or grow your asset portfolio. Whichever path you are on, it's important to partner with an experienced and knowledgeable Realtor® who will ensure a smooth buying process and who can protect your investment.

The first step in a successful real estate transaction is to find the most ideal partner for you. Here are some tips and solid advice that will help you find a great Realtor® in Calgary.

5 Buying Insights From a Calgary Realtor®

Tip #1: Do Your Research. According to The Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB®) there are over 5800 agents in Calgary. That is a lot of people to choose from! But there are more than a few ways to find the perfect Realtor® to work with:

  • Check their Google Reviews
  • Look for an agent with a specialty that aligns with your needs (for example: empty nesters, or foreclosures Calgary)
  • Complete an interview with your realtor to ensure you are a right fit for each other

Tip #2: Make Your List. It’s important to have a clear idea of your budget and what are the ‘must have’ features of your new home. Sit down with your partner, or anyone else invested in this purchase, and make a list of your non-negotiables, your ‘would like to haves’, and your not so important items.

Tip #3: Communication is Key. During your initial meeting with your new real estate agent, be sure to ask their preferred way of communicating and let them know what yours is. There is nothing worse than working with someone who loves to call you when texting is your preferred method of communication. Additionally, let your Realtor® know when are your best times to be reached to ensure that your schedules line up well.

Tip #4: Ask the Right Questions. You want to work with a real estate agent who is going to work hard for you. Ask your Realtor® what you can expect from them during the buying process so you know what is going to happen next. Buying a home should be fun, but it can be a real let down when your agent isn't pulling their weight. Additionally, if you are working with an agent who is not delivering on their promises, don’t be afraid to move on to someone who has the experience to get you the deal you are looking for.

Tip #5: Take the Advice. Buying a home can be full of emotion: excitement, nerves, and sometimes anxiety. You chose your real estate professional for their experience, their network, and their ability to stay calm under pressure, so during the buying process take their advice and recommendations. They should want the best for you, so trust their input into decisions and negotiations.

Looking to Buy a Home? Your Professional Calgary Real Estate Team

When buying a home in Calgary, your Realtor® should work hard to get you into the home of your dreams. From booking showings, negotiating your purchase price, and expertly navigating all the ins and outs of closing the deal, you want to be sure that you have a team of experienced agents in your corner.

The Mel Star Team has been successfully helping buyers and sellers in Calgary for over 4 decades and we have the positive reviews from satisfied clients to show it. Buying a home is an exciting time, and the Mel Star Team will guide you through the process while ensuring you are well represented and taken care of along the way. Ready to find the perfect home? Call 1-403-861-9944 or fill out your information in the contact form below to start the process.

FAQ

Q: Does the buyer or seller pay the Realtor®’s commissions?
A: In most sales, the seller will cover the realtor’s commissions and that will be worked into their selling price.

Q: Why should I use a real estate agent for buying a home?
A: A good Realtor® will represent you during the home buying process. A real estate agent should do the following for you when buying a home:

  • Booking showings
  • Combing through MLS listings and open houses
  • Representing you well in possible multiple offer scenarios
  • Keeping a calm head during negotiations
  • Diligently navigating contracts and closing
  • Connecting you with professionals as needed

Q: How can I downsize my home?
A: If your children have moved out and you want to get into a smaller home, having a great real estate agent who can help you sell your home and get you into a new one is key. Working with the same Realtor® will ensure they see your downsize in Calgary through from start to finish.

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