Canmore is a small and friendly mountain town located in Alberta, Canada, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It’s a region where most of the residents activities revolve around recreational sports, such as skiing, fishing, golf, hiking and biking. Many people choose to live in the area because of its closeness to nature and the friendly vibe of the community. With it’s vibrant arts community, incredible restaurants, stores, coffee shops and world class trails, it’s little surprise that people enjoy visiting Canmore all year round.
Throughout my Real Estate career I’ve worked with several dozen Buyers in Canmore to find a home that fits their needs in this great town. While every Buyer has individual needs, the one constant in all home buying practices in Canmore is the plan they follow to be successful and find their dream home. I’d like to share that plan with you to ensure your success when buying a Canmore home.
1) Talk with your Canmore mortgage professional
Knowing your budget is the first and most important step on your journey to home ownership in Canmore. There is no point looking at homes that you cannot afford. Your Canmore Mortgage Special Professional will help you define your budget so that you can work with your Canmore Real Estate Agent to find a home that fits your lifestyle.
2) Take time to plan
Create a plan, or list, of needs, wants and like to haves as well as a list of what you do not want in a home. Go as far as narrowing it down to specific neighbourhoods you like or don’t like, home price, bedrooms, bathrooms and general floor plan. Creating a plan doesn’t take long to complete but could save you hundreds of hours looking at the wrong properties. I like to sit down with all my Buyer clients before we head out to look at property for the first time and help with the list – if you need guidance or have specific questions that will affect your buying decisions, I am here to help you.
3) See as many homes as needed
I had a client that looked at 120 homes before he bought a property. I’ve also worked with clients that bought the first house they saw. It’s important to see as many homes as you need to before purchasing and only you will know the house that is right for you, and you will know it the moment you walk through the front door.
4) Keep notes
If you view more than 5 or 6 homes in a day they start to blur together. I always give my clients the feature sheets with a notes section so, as we view homes, you have the ability to take notes of likes, dislikes and general property information. This way, you can keep each house straight in your mind when you discuss them at home in the evening.
5) Do your due diligence
Once you have found your dream home, it’s important to complete your due diligence prior to purchasing. As your Canmore Real Estate Agent, I will point you in the right direction when you need a qualified professional. I will share with you my extensive network of professionals such as property inspectors, lawyers, and other professionals you might need along the way. If you are buying a condominium, it’s essential to have the condominium documents reviewed by a qualified professional. This is critical as you are not only buying into a property but also a corporation. It is the buyer’s responsibility to perform their own due diligence when buying a property and I can and will play a large role in helping you with this.