Buying

Top Mistakes for First-Time Buyers

First off, failing to secure a pre-approval ranks as the number one misstep for newbie home buyers. It's essential to obtain pre-approval to understand your purchasing power upfront. Why venture into the market without the peace of mind of knowing what you can afford? Plus, it also helps you realize what might be out of your financial reach. Sellers invest time and effort into presenting their homes...

Everyone Wants a Bungalow

  If I had a dollar for every time a potential client said to me "keep an eye out for a nice bungalow fur us, we're thinking of downsizing in the next few years", I'd be able to buy that bungalow.  Okay, maybe not, but it does get mentioned a lot.  Here's the down-low with bungalows:  A detached bungalow needs a bigger lot to build and therefore is going to be more expensive than its...

Let it Grow!

Dying Trees  I hired an arborist last year to prune our giant schubert tree and he said that the last few years have not been easy on our trees.  Maybe you’ve noticed a few dead trees in your neighbourhood.   Swedish Columnar Aspens - Often referred to as towering poplars and are very popular to create privacy because they grow fast.  The cons are that...

Purchasing a Home – Put it in Writing

When you bought your home, were you surprised the appliances didn't look the same as when you made the offer?You’re making an offer on a home. The first section of the standard Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) Residential Purchase contract has sections 1.1 (b) “these unattached goods” and 1.1 (c)  “these attached goods”  What’s attached and what’s unattached?  What happens if...

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