Home Buying Blogs – Calgary

Home buying advice for Calgary, Alberta residents by Justin Havre & Associates.

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How New Technology Will Influence the Residential Construction of TomorrowHome building technology has been on fire in the last few years, as start-ups near and far rush to bring their ideas to the market. But the adoption of the technology has been sporadic at best, leaving some homeowners to wonder just how the future of construction will be affected. Learn more about the more prominent trends, and how they're influencing the larger market.

Getting Started

Before a construction company starts to build a new construction home, they have to pick a site first. That's where drones come in. Drones aren't technically a building technology, but drones can be used and applied to real estate to cut down on the number of hours a developer spends looking for the right location. Drones do more than just tell a developer the

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The Expense and Risk of Buying a Foreclosure PropertyThe idea of scooping up a property below market value have people hunting for foreclosures. With Canada's rising real estate prices and competitive markets, buying a foreclosure may be a path for individuals to find an affordable home or to flip a property for profit. However, foreclosure properties are not always the deal that they may seem to be at first glance.

There are risks involved when purchasing any type of real estate, but there are some issues that commonly apply to foreclosure properties. Understand more about some of the challenges with buying foreclosed homes today.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Canada's Foreclosure Process

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Buying a Home in a Competitive MarketBuying a home is an exciting time, but it can cause some extra stress if the home buying market is competitive. That doesn't mean buyers can't get a home they really love, but they may need to do some things differently if they want to be the buyer who is chosen by the seller when there is more than one offer made on a listed house. Fortunately, there are some things buyers can do in order to find a home they really want at a price they can afford. Then it's just a matter of getting the seller under contract with them, and moving toward closing. In a competitive housing market, there are several things buyers can consider doing that may help them get a home they really love.

Consider Offering More Than the Asking Price

Among the options

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How to Buy Undeveloped Land in CalgaryThere are several different types of real estate you can purchase but most people focus on houses and other types of prebuilt properties. Purchasing undeveloped Calgary land is also a good idea worth exploring and there are numerous reasons why investing in land makes sense.

The Versatility of Buying Land

Buying land gives you options. You may put a house on the property, get it zoned for a business, or let it appreciate in value and resell the land down the line. The potential of any piece of land is often limitless.

The Increasing Value of Land

Land tends to increase in value over time. Buying land for sale is a great long-term investment. Many people have purchased cheap land for sale, have sat on it for a few years, and then have

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4 Common Questions About Home Warranties ExplainedWhat is a home warranty? Home warranties help to protect a home buyer from certain defaults in the home, particularly for new buildings in Calgary. With this information, home buyers will understand the uses of home warranties, when home warranties are typically required, and how to take advantage of their home warranties if they need it.

Why Are Warranties Necessary for New Homes?

Home warranties are often considered necessary for new homes, but why is this? Buying new construction has a number of benefits for people, including:

  • access to new building practices and technologies
  • ability to use all products for the first time
  • likelihood of better documentation on the structure and systems

Despite this, a new West Springs home

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Home Buying Tips for WomenWomen home buyers in Calgary have to come represent a huge market these days when it comes to the purchase of real estate. More than 20 % of those investing in real estate are single women and close to 40 % of this group are first time home buyers. From a demographic perspective, women are slightly more likely to look at the purchase of condos than home purchases, mainly because they don’t offer more bedrooms than they require if they don not have children. However, many other women are also very involved in buying a new home.

If you are a single woman, real estate is a good long term investment for your money as homes and condos invariably appreciate over time. A home or condo also allows you to build up equity in your property as you pay down

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depositphotos_dog_in_backyard_421When you are looking for a house here in the city, you'll have to consider what type of home your beloved dog would like as well. Giving your dog the home of his dreams is important too! Here are a few things to look for when you are shopping around for the perfect home for you and your furry friend.

Moving is stressful, and when you move with pets it can be even more stressful for both you and the animals. Calgary is known as one of the most pet-friendly cities in all of North America because of the 150 off-leash dog areas and a number of other reasons. The city has more parts per capita than anywhere else in North America. Here are a few tips to help you move to Calgary with your pets.

Find the Right Neighbourhood

Did you know you can

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Buying a Safe Home For Senior CitizensIf you're a senior and finding your current home too big, or posing too much hassle to maintain, you might be considering a variety of alternative living situations. There are many options for seniors, but many of these choices involve renting. Renting is okay, but it's money out of your pocket and not an investment. You worked hard for your money, so why not keep it working for you.

You could invest in a smaller home, but you run into those pesky upkeep and maintenance problems which you were hoping to avoid in the first place. If you're not really interested in a retirement community and would like more independence, what other choices are out there?

How about considering investing your money into a condominium instead? The condo market is

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How to Choose the Right Homeowner's Insurance CoverageHomeowner's insurance can unfortunately be viewed as an afterthought after the tumultuous process of buying a home. After filling out form after form just to purchase the property, few buyers want to go through the complicated paperwork of their policy. However, home insurance is an extremely handy resource for homeowners to have, and a buyer should understand what their coverage is before they decide on a particular premium.

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

How a Premium Is Calculated

A homeowner's premium is determined by the amount of relative risk in any given area. From the size of the home to the

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What to Know About Making a Home Purchase OfferYou've been looking around at the different homes on the market here in Calgary and have fallen in love with one. You know that you need to put in an offer soon since it's a beautiful home and other people are going to want it. The location is great, the house is clean and the home fits right into the amount you have budgeted. If you're still nervous about making the final decision and putting in an offer, here are some things that you should know about the different types of offers and what they mean. Armed with more knowledge, you may have the confidence necessary to go ahead and buy the home knowing that it's the exact one you want.

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

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