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Frequently Asked Questions

Buying and selling homes in Calgary isn’t as complicated as you might think. Still, it pays (literally) to have an experienced real estate agent on your side who can walk you through either part of the process.

Our team has spent years helping clients buy and sell homes in Calgary. Below, you’ll find our answers to some of the most common questions we receive from prospective buyers and sellers.

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Questions about Buying

How do I choose a real estate agent to help me buy a home?

When it comes to choosing a real estate agent, the most vital thing is to find someone you can trust. You’ll want someone with years of experience and testimonials from a wide range of satisfied clients.

It’s often a good idea to call a prospective agent directly and talk to them over the phone. This will give you a sense of their personality, their level of energy, and their passion for helping you find the right home.

What can I afford?

The amount of home you can afford will be determined during your mortgage pre-approval process. Numerous factors go into calculating this amount, including:

  • Your gross family income before taxes
  • The size of your down payment
  • Any outstanding debts you have
  • Your credit rating

Once your mortgage pre-approval has gone through, you’ll be able to see your different borrowing options from various lenders—including the amounts you’re eligible to borrow from each.

Should I do a home inspection?

Getting the home you want to buy inspected is not legally required in Calgary, but it is strongly advised. We generally include home buyer inspections in the list of tasks you’ll want to complete as part of your due diligence process. This way, you’ll have a reliable idea of the condition your future home is in before making a major financial commitment.

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Questions about Selling

What are the benefits of hiring a real estate agent to help sell my home?

Attempting to sell your home without the support of a real estate agent can be risky. Working with an experienced realtor provides the following advantages:

  • Help navigating a complex process (contracts, negotiations, etc.)
  • Analysis of similar properties and market conditions (to help determine an asking price)
  • Useful industry connections (mortgage professionals, inspectors, etc.)
  • Valuable tools and other resources (for email marketing, graphic design, etc.)

Make no mistake—real estate is a full-time job. That’s why real estate agents exist! Buying or selling a home is a lot of work, and cutting corners can seriously impact your success. Hiring an experienced real estate professional remains the single best way to get the deal you want.

How do I choose a real estate agent to sell my home?

Choosing the right real estate agent to help you sell isn’t something you should rush into. We generally recommend speaking with at least a few agents before choosing one. During these conversations, make sure to ask:

  • How much they think they can sell your home for
  • What they will do to market your property
  • How many clients they are currently selling for
  • What they’ll need from you during the process

The way each agent answers these questions will help you form a picture of how motivated they are, how much clout they have within the industry, and how much time they’re willing to spend on you personally.

Experienced agents like us leverage industry connections to make sure your listing is getting in front of the right prospective buyers. Boutique agencies also tend to work with fewer clients at a time than large real estate corporations, allowing for a deeper and more personalized connection to each seller.

How do I calculate my sale price?

Your real estate agent will help you determine an appropriate selling price for your home. A good general rule of thumb is to set your asking price within 10% of the average price other homes in your neighbourhood sold for—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Setting the right asking price will be a vital part of your selling strategy. You’ll want to think about the type of people who would be most likely to buy a home like yours (young families, empty nesters, etc.), then price it in a category that they’ll be likely to find it in. You might also adjust the asking price to sell your home faster depending on market conditions. As such, it’s essential to have an experienced real estate agent on your side.

What are the fees?

The fees for selling your home vary from one agent to the next. When you contact us for help selling your home, we’ll work with you to determine a reasonable commission for our services.

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Jill has helped a lot of Calgary homeowners over the years. See what they’ve had to say about working with her:

Jill has been our agent twice so far and it has been a fantastic experience both times. With Jill, expect energy, energy, energy! I love her efficiency, directness and practical nature - she gets to the bottom of the issue and gets things done - fast. If you have questions, she knows the answer or knows someone who does - Jill is well connected and has developed a strong network of partners who can help make your real estate transaction enjoyable and smooth experience, end-to-end. And as a bonus - her great sense of humor always filled our viewings with laughs, even if the property was a waste of time!

Jill is amazing!! I would recommend her to absolutely anyone. She works her but off for her clients and goes way above and beyond. She is so responsive and knowledgeable and on top of that has such a great personality you can't help but smile. Never have I worked with a better realtor before. Stop looking and call Jill!!!!

Jill was amazing! She was always available for viewings and accommodating to our busy work schedules. Being first time home buyers, we had a lot to learn about the process of buying a house and Jill was there to answer all of our questions. Highly recommended to anyone. We will be using her again!

Jill provides well supported information and thoughtful feedback. As first time home buyers, we were uncertain about so many things and Jill made herself very available to answer all questions. She simplified the process and helped us purchase our dream home in a much shorter time frame than we predicted. We enjoyed working with her so much and have already recommended her to others.

Sell Your Home Successfully

With Jill Conroy on your side, selling your home can be quicker, easier, and more lucrative. Contact her today and tell her more about the home you want to sell so she can get started.

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