Ten Steps to Buying a Home

Buying your first home can be stressful. Here are all the steps of the buying process.

Buying your first home is one of the biggest and scariest decisions you can make, which is why we do everything we can to help. We will most likely become best friends along the way and have a lot of fun, but before we go any further let us answer a few questions that we all have when buying that first home

1. Meet for a Coffee

Like we said, we find it is best to find a time to meet in person and have a conversation. This initial conversation is your chance to get to know us, and our chance to get to know you! If we like each other that’s a good start!

2. Get Pre-Qualified for a Mortgage

A big mistake many first-time home buyers make is that they begin to look at homes before they get pre-qualified. That’s why before we begin on our journey, we will suggest that you meet with your preferred lender or mortgage broker. Don’t have one? Don’t worry, we have a list of professionals that I have worked with in the past and we would happily recommend. Once you have completed this step, we will then know exactly what price of homes we should be looking at allowing us to view each property with confidence!

3. What’s on your Wishlist?

Once we have your pre-approval in-hand, we can get to the fun stuff and go for another coffee to start talking about what you need and want in your next home. This is our chance to think big and capture all of your ideas first. From there, we will start to build your initial search. At this point, we will be sure to tell you how we will cast as wide a net as possible to make sure we capture every possible listing available. This way you can rest assured you are not missing out on “the one”. We will also sign some paperwork stating that we will be working together.

4. Previewing Properties with Online Listings

Using your Wishlist, we will have created an automatic online search which will send you listings as they come on the market. That’s right, you can stop searching online, we send everything to you! Upon viewing these listings, you will be able to favorite and comment directly with us, telling us which properties you would like to see in-person. Generally speaking, we suggest that you limit your first in-person viewings to a maximum of five properties as after that in one session, it can all start to blur together!

5. Viewing Properties

Once you have selected some properties that interest you, we will begin to schedule showings of those properties. We will take you to these properties (yes, your friends and family can come), show you around and ensure that you have all of the information that you need. Sometimes we look at a lot of properties before we get to the next step. Sometimes, we look at one. It all depends on you and we are happy to guide you through this, no matter how long it takes.

6. Make an Offer

You will know it when it happens. You walk into the home and…this is the one! It is time to make an offer. We will head back to our office and do a few very important things:

  1. We will conduct a comparable value assessment to ensure that the asking price is reasonable and give you an idea of the range of prices that we could consider with our offer.
  2. We will discuss additional items in the offer such as:
    • Deposit
    • Goods Included
    • Closing or Possesion Date
    • Conditions and Terms
  3. Once we have this together, we will complete our offer and we will send it to the listing agent.

7. The Negotiation

Once the offer has been sent, things will start to move fast. Our role will be to negotiate you the best (lowest) price for this property with the most favorable conditions for you. Taking your direction, we will do our best to ensure a favorable outcome for you

8. The Under Contract / Escrow / Conditional Period

We have a deal! The Seller has accepted our offer and has signed the deal. Now we will have some time to conduct our due diligence and remove our conditions to the deal. Typical conditions during this period of time are Home Inspections, Financing and Document Review. Once you are satisfied with your conditions, we can finalize the deal.

9. Moving Day / Possession Day

The homebuying process is unique and emotional, and we usually become friends along the way. Once you move in we would hate to lose that so we will do our best to pop-by and say hi as we love to keep in touch with our amazing clients!

buying your first home in 10 steps

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The homebuying process is unique and emotional, and we usually become friends along the way. Once you move in we would hate to lose that so we will do our best to pop-by and say hi as we love to keep in touch with our amazing clients!

Andy and Jen

“Ryan has provided us accurate and ongoing market value data. This has enabled us to identify trends and make decisions that best align with our real estate strategy. As a result, we became more involved sellers and more informed buyers.”

Andy and Jen,
Home Buyers from Deer Ridge, Calgary
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Alun and Sarah

“The selling experience was nothing short of phenomenal… Ryan guided us through the negotiations, obtaining a price that was much higher than our expectations… we would not hesitate to recommend Ryan to friends and family interested in buying or selling a home.”

Alun and Sarah,
Home Sellers from Cedarbrae, Calgary
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Katerina and David

“Our experience working with Ryan was a step above. After our first meeting it became obvious to us that he was a dedicated and highly motivated Realtor, who was well informed within the industry... and it is without reservation that we would recommend his services to others.”

Katerina and David,
Home Sellers from Auburn Bay, Calgary
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Buying a home is one of the largest financial decisions in life. That's why we believe you should be guided with the highest level of professionalism and knowledge. Our advisors will make sure you always have the right data, resources, and professional advice you need at every stage of the buying process, so you can be 100% confident in your home decision.

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