Have you decided to buy a house in Calgary but not sure where to start? If you want an edge in a highly competitive market, I suggest you partner with a true Calgary real estate expert. While there are many realtors who come and go during the good times, there are a few who can truly be called experts. I am a Calgary native with 16 years of award-winning experience helping Calgary homebuyers find the ideal property. Below are some details which may help you through the buying process.
According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), for insured mortgage loans, the maximum purchase price or property value must be below $1 mill when the loan-to-value ratio is greater than 80%. The minimum down payment that can be made is usually 5% of the purchase price of a single-family home dependant on purchase price. Investment properties will require a larger down payment.
According to CMCH, traditional sources of down payment include:
Non-traditional sources of down payment are not directly tied to the purchase or sale of the property and include:
CMHC reports if your down payment is under 20%, typically you’ll need a high-ratio mortgage. This usually requires mortgage loan insurance to protect the lender against borrower default. CMHC may provide the insurance, or the insurance premium may be added to your mortgage. Be aware that your lender might also ask you to pay the total upon closing.
If your down payment is 20% or more of the home’s purchase price or market value (whichever is less), CMHC states you could qualify for a conventional mortgage which may have no premium.
As a buyer, working with a real estate agent doesn't cost you anything. Sellers pay the agent a commission when the home is purchased. An agent can help you find the home of your dreams and provide valuable resources in addition to information along the way. It is our job to answer all your questions and provide guidance.
One of the most important decisions of your life will likely be finding the right place to call home. You can search through a wide array of properties by using the The Calgary MLS® system . It will keep you updated on the newest homes as they hit the market.
When we are out looking at properties, I will provide guidance regarding the pros and cons of homes you are considering. We can narrow down specific areas, property types and details. Feel free to be as selective as you’d like about the number of bedrooms you desire in your new home, its proximity to downtown and whether you’d like a swimming pool. You deserve the best value for your dollar!
I will have an “Offer to Purchase” form readily available when the time comes! It only takes about 30 to minutes to complete offer documents and begin the process.
Keep in mind your best offer isn’t written first unless we are competing in Multiple Offers. Together, we will evaluate your prospective home’s value until we come to an agreement. It is then the offer can be drawn up! Your offer includes conditions that will protect you. Below, are some of the most common conditions presented in offers:
Once all conditions have been met, the documents will be sent to a lawyer of your choice for signing. I’m happy to provide you with a real estate lawyer list if you don’t know where to search. You will be contacted by the law office about a week prior to possession in order to sign a contract. You’ll be notified ahead of time with the exact down payment and legal fee amounts owed.
You will need to set a date to move in! If you purchased a condo, the date must be cleared with the building company. When preparing for the big day, take care of the following:
Congratulations! The date that you have been waiting for is finally here– move-in day.
On the chosen date, we will meet on the property for a personal inspection. Once all payments are received by the seller, keys will be released. Should any issues arise, you will be immediately contacted. Congratulations, give yourself a pat on the back! You’re a proud new homeowner.
After you’re settled in, I’ll contact you to make sure you’re content. If you have any questions or concerns, I’ll address them promptly.
Now that you have a better idea of how to buy a house in Calgary, you can start searching for that lovely new lifestyle with confidence!