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Calgary Real Estate Buyer Services

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Every property is different, and every home purchase has its own unique challenges. Whether you’re buying your first home or your tenth, you’ll benefit from the advice and experience of a professional real estate Agent. Our Agents live and work in Calgary, and we understand the characteristics of the market.

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How do I buy my first home?
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Step one is getting pre-approved for a mortgage. When you get pre-approved, you know exactly what you can afford. That knowledge informs all the other choices you make, from neighbourhood to home style.

How long does it take to buy a house?
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Depending on market conditions as well as the neighbourhood you select, buying a house can take several months. Our community pages have market statistics on homes for sale in that area, including how long they generally stay on the market.

What’s the minimum down payment I need for a house?
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You’ll need 5% for homes under $500,000. For more expensive homes, budget 5% for the first $500,000 home value and another 10% for the remaining amount. For homes priced at a million dollars or more, the down payment minimum is 20%.

Do I need a home inspection when buying a condo?
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You’re not required to obtain a home inspection by law, but in practice it’s a good idea. A home inspection can alert you to problems within the condo before you commit to buying. If you’re buying a brand-new condo, you will instead receive a PDI (pre-delivery inspection) which you can supplement with your own private inspection if you choose.

What does it mean to offer a “pre-construction sale”?
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Pre-construction sales are condos sold before construction is complete. Sale of existing condos is usually referred to as condo resale. You’ll want an Agent with experience in pre-construction sales when buying a new condo, as there are many complexities and differences compared to resales.

When I buy a pre-construction condo, what is my mortgage rate?
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In general, pre-approval mortgage rates have a limited window in which they can be claimed. Your pre-approval rate will likely be held for 30-120 days. If your condo construction will extend beyond that window, you will have to determine your new mortgage rate. An experienced pre-construction Agent can explain the options to you.

What’s the difference between a townhouse and a condo?
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A townhouse typically has a separate front and back entrance, multiple floors, and one or more communal walls. A townhouse can be a nice balance between the space and indepence of home living and the communal ownership and community spirit of condo living.

Do townhouses have an owner’s association?
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Most townhome complexes have a board or owner’s association to handle groundskeeping, communal area maintenance, hiring of contractors, etc. As a townhouse owner, you’re generally responsible only for the interior of your unit, not the outdoor properties.

Will I have to pay fees if I purchase a townhouse?
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In general, you will have to pay fees to your townhouse association. These fees cover general maintenance, repairs, landscaping, service costs, and other expenses that are shared throughout the community. Your Agent can help you understand the costs and fees associated with a townhouse purchase.

Can you show me properties in a specific development?
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We have up-to-date MLS listings of Calgary homes, including new developments, condos, and townhouses. Contact us and let us know the development you’re interested in. We’d be happy to look into available properties for you.

How do I decide what neighbourhood to buy in?
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We’ve developed comprehensive guides to Calgary’s communities that can help you narrow down your search. When you first meet with your real estate Agent, you can discuss the life you envision for yourself and the property type that you think will suit your needs. From there, our Agents can make a neighbourhood recommendation.

What is the best neighbourhood to live in?
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Every neighbourhood has its own character, charm, and amenities. The best neighbourhood for you depends on your lifestyle and the type of property you’re looking to own. According to a recent evaluation by Avenue Magazine, the current top-rated neighbourhoods in Calgary are Brentwood, Huntington Hills, and Bowness.

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Rob Vanovermeire
Rob Vanovermeire
59 Google reviews
YuliSha Sh
YuliSha Sh
2022-09-17
Wendy Kelman was our realtor. She helped us to find our new home in Calgary while we were in another province! We bought it remotely and we love our new home! As a first time buyers, we've got lots of help and useful tips. She was so patient with us through the process! She is an absolutely reliable, highly professional realtor and an amazing person! Very recommended!
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Karen Lloyd
Karen Lloyd
2022-08-24
I found Rob to be very adept at handling negotiations with other realtors and their clients. He did an excellent job of staying in contact with the prospective buyer even when we didn't accept their first offer. A couple of weeks later he was able to negotiate them to a better offer that was acceptable to us and he did a good job of closing the deal in a timely fashion. Rob was polite, knowledgeable, friendly, and great at moving things along but never being pushy. He had the right balance of advice mixed with tact. I would not hesitate to recommend him to friends and family, and will definitely use his Real Estate service on my next purchase or sale.
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Javan Belcourt
Javan Belcourt
2022-08-24
Rob Vanovermeire is the realtor you want on your team when buying or selling your home, or real estate properties. Rob offers expertise in all areas of real estate, with property management, legal, financial, and real estate services all in house. Rob’s positive attitude, years of experience and enthusiastic energy is an asset to those who obtain his services!
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Sukhyun Yun
Sukhyun Yun
2022-08-20
I had very unusual way to meet Rob. I had my house almost ready to go and had met few realtors and almost decided on one. I don't know why but i ran into some ad on youtube and wanted to give it a try which i normally don't. Anyways Rob came over and that when we met first. I was impressed with his confidence and he offered renovation option with end gain. I knew there was no guarantee but his logic and experience made sense to me. Anyways we went with more upgrade with his team. Renovation was as always painful but the guys were easy to deal with and i could choose the area that i could do myself to save some money. Long story short. I did the reno and sold the house in couple days higher than asking. Well it was December 2021 in Calgary and the market was heating up and many house after us did the similar thing. So i might not have to do the reno to sell the house if we know the market was getting crazy like that but when we were preparing the house, the market wasn't like that. I am glad it turned out that way. I found Rob confident in wide area of real estate specially in negotiating and how to deal with different offers. Maybe he didn't shine as much as the market was so hot at the time but overall i was happy with him and i think his marketing would have worked even better if the market wasn't so hot.
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Bjorn Jonnson
Bjorn Jonnson
2022-08-19
Rob sold our place in a timely manner and negotiated what we needed for it. Would work with him again.
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Jean L.
Jean L.
2022-08-17
Rob stayed with me through the years it took to get my bungalow sold. In between I used his service to lease out the house. I do appreciate the calmness and resourcefulness Rob offered to help me endure the difficult years. The market has changed so much since the final sale on July 1, 2021. I would recommend Rob, for sure.
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TERESA CLINE
TERESA CLINE
2022-08-16
Rob helped me purchase my new condo. He was excellent to work with and his team made sure everything about my home buying experience was delightful.
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Louise Boucher
Louise Boucher
2022-08-16
Rob is a very personable and professional realtor who gets to know his clients in order to assist them in finding their ideal home for their personal situation. I also love the fact he offers a one stop shop having a mortgage broker and legal counsel on-site which makes the buying/selling process more seamless and less stressful. I have no hesitation to refer Rob and his team to many friends and family. Thanks Rob and Team for making an otherwise stressful situation into a pleasant experience.
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Tracy Beauregard
Tracy Beauregard
2022-08-16
I have hired Rob for a number of real estate transactions for both personal and professional transactions. He is truly beyond dedicated and makes every single client his top priority-not sure how he manages to pull this off but he does. My houses have always sold before the sign was in the ground! His in-depth knowledge and connections make every transaction hassle free and so easy. Based on my personal experiences with Rob and his team it was an easy decision to bring him in for all my professional transactions as well, he has helped numerous clients move from out of country, get settled happily and quickly, making my life much easier as I could simply leave them in Rob's hands knowing they would be well taken care of. Rob has also helped most of my personal friends with glowing results and feedback!
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Sconadian
Sconadian
2022-08-16
I can't speak highly enough of Rob and his team. They supported us through a difficult sale, were great negotiators and very aware of the market. Even after selling, we receive market updates and information and we will definitely use them when we sell our current house.
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