When you are ready for Calgary home shopping you'll want make the best use of your time. You probably don't have a lot of time on your hands as it is so you’ll need to be sure that you go shopping the smart way. Here are some tips you can use to help reduce the amount of time spent trying to find the perfect home.
Communicate with your real estate agent
When you first get in touch with your real estate agent he is going to ask you what type of home you're looking for. At first you're probably going to give him a very vague answer. Something like - a 2-story home with 4 bedrooms, a backyard, basement and one that is situated in a good neighborhood. While this is useful information for your real estate agent to have, the more you can narrow down what you are really looking for in a home, the less time you’ll have to spend home shopping.
For example, do you need should the backyard fenced in? Some people with dogs or young children would not even consider looking at a home that does not already have a fence. They do not want to waste their time finding someone to install a fence and then have to wait for it to be built. They want a fence now and only want to see homes that have one.
This is vital information that needs to be shared with your real estate agent so that he can strike off of his list any of the homes that meet your criteria that don't have a fence. Do you see how simple this is? It's just a matter of narrowing down what you absolutely need to have in the house, what you would want in a house and what you want to avoid in a home. This way, when you head out to start your home shopping, both you and your real estate agent will be on the same track and heading towards only the houses that fit your criteria.
Let your real estate agent know exactly what type of neighbourhood you are looking for. This is, in fact, just as important as letting him know about the qualities you are looking for in a home. When you purchase a house you're also buying the neighbourhood so you have to be very specific about the amenities you'd like to have there, the things you want in a neighbourhood and what you don't want to see.
The only way to stay on top of your home shopping is by maintaining very close contact with your real estate agent and modifying the criteria for a home when needed. This way, you'll be able to save a lot of time and effort and will find the home of your dreams in less time.