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Once you've got your mind set on buying your first home you'll need to figure out how to put together a down payment. Most people find this to be the biggest hurdle to get past and then it's clear sailing from then on.

Here is a quick guide to help you get started with a down payment budget.

1. Look at homes

Start by taking a look at the Calgary real estate market to get a realistic view of the home prices. Look through houses in different parts of the city since location can play a big factor in pricing.

2. Decide on what you want

Decide whether you want a condo, townhouse or a single family home. After looking through the prices you'll have a better idea of what you'll be able to realistically afford.

If you feel that a house will be a bit too much

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As one of Calgary's more desirable neighborhoods, Springbank Hill almost seems like a sort of paradise to the people that live there. With snowcapped mountains appearing in the distance, and hills that seem to roll on forever, this is a growing community that is suited for affluent people that are looking for a rural setting.

Luxurious custom-built homes are the order of the day in this area and you won't find any of the cookie-cutter types of homes here. Instead, when you first visit this neighborhood, you'll see luxury homes that have more of a log cabin feel to them resting on generous lot sizes.

Springbank Hill is a family type of neighborhood with plenty of children to be seen at play on any given day. There is an abundance of private schools

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When it comes to Calgary home sales, this is quite a loaded question. Agents are frequently asked whether a good carpet cleaning will help sell the home faster and the quick answer is "It all depends."

An agent can walk into a home and tell right away whether the carpet needs a good cleaning or not. When a carpet hasn't had a thorough professional cleaning for years, there can be lingering odors that may be harboring in your home. The funny thing is you may not be smelling them while others can.

Every home has its own smell and the homeowner will get used to it. In some cases it can be a very pleasant odor but in some homes there is a mild kind of mildew smell that is emanating from the carpets. In these cases, it definitely would be worth the small cost

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