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There are plenty of perks to owning your own home versus renting, especially as rental prices continue to creep up, oftentimes costing the same if not more than a mortgage payment. So it makes sense why more and more adults in their twenties are starting to take a serious look at homeownership. Here are some tips on how to get started on becoming a first time home buyer in your twenties:


Find out what you can afford


This is the first step before you start doing any major house hunting. Sit down with...

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There are a few good reasons why people are in the market to buy a home with a secondary suite – so much so that they’re even willing to jump through all the hurdles of approvals to build homes to include these additions. Renting out a second suite is a great opportunity for homeowner’s to subsidize their mortgage payments. These homes tend to be valued higher – so as a potential buyer you would be paying a premium – however in return you have the potential to earn rental...

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The holiday season is a busy time for most people. Between shopping, entertaining and jetting off to visit family, finding the time to sell your house during this season can seem a bit daunting. However, it does have its advantages. For example, the holiday buyers braving the snow and lower temperatures tend to be more serious. Not only that, less houses on the market means less competition; which could mean a quicker sale for you.

 

Here are five holiday-friendly tips to consider when trying...

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Despite what the name may suggest, an energy audit isn’t just for “green” homebuyers. In fact, completing an energy audit before listing your home on the market can help answer any lingering questions a prospective buyer may have – especially around cost.


A prospective buyer wants to know how much this house is really going to cost them. The monthly mortgage payment is one thing, but how much will it cost me to maintain the home and make any repairs after signing on the dotted...

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After learning the ins and outs of this sometimes-fickle-business from a lifetime expert and close family friend and now, with almost 14 years experience embedded in the heart of Calgary’s boom and bust real estate market, I can tell you these three things:

  1. There are many lessons to be learned over time and every market is different. Downtown is different from the suburbs, a lake community is different from a non-lake community, an older community is different from a new one, etc.

  2. There are...

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