5 Tips for Buying a Luxury Home in Calgary
- January 9, 2018
- By Cody Battershill
Are you thinking about buying a luxury home in Calgary sometime in the near future? If so, consider these basic starter tips that will help guide you towards success every time!
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#1 - Use an experienced luxury REALTOR®
When buying a luxury home in Calgary, there sometimes are situations where restrictions are put on showings by the sellers. At the same time, it's not unusual for a million dollar estate property to have fewer open houses.
Because of this exclusivity aspect, it's important to be working with an experienced luxury real estate agent and REALTOR® who knows the ins and outs of the luxury buying process, someone who can take care of all the appointments and details necessary to make the buying process as smooth and as convenient as possible for you.
This real estate agent should also be familiar with exclusive luxury home listings not listed on the MLS® via the special tools they have access to and be up-to-date on any and all special showing opportunities as mentioned above.
Your experienced REALTOR® will also have insight into different builders, schools and the best communities to match and in some cases exceed your lifestyle goals with your family.
"I would love to interview for the job and explain how my concierge style service makes the process easier on your family throughout the buying process." - Cody Battershill, REALTOR®
#2 - Look past the pictures
It’s essential that you visit all prospective homes for yourself to be able to fully appreciate what they have to offer. It’s true that in many cases extensive square footage, incredible views and all-inclusive features aren’t always portrayed as well in photos or a virtual tour as they are in person.
"Your time is valuable so I actively preview homes for my clients as necessary to make sure the home will work for your criteria and to determine if it is a candidate for viewing with your family" - Cody Battershill, REALTOR®
#3 - Broaden the search process
There are some luxury home listings in Calgary that might not be on MLS® yet, or might be exclusive and private which will never get listed but are indeed for sale.
Getting in touch with an experienced luxury REALTOR® in Calgary is key to finding these exclusive listings as they typically know about them through personal connections or by using special tools.
"As an experienced luxury realtor in Calgary, I have the personal connections and knowledge base to find even the most exclusive luxury homes for sale in Calgary to broaden your options" Cody Battershill, REALTOR®
#4 - Consider your future
Buying a luxury home in Calgary is an investment into your family and your future. Most luxury buyers are looking for the lifestyle that goes with living in a luxury home / community and don’t intend on moving anytime soon.
There are many different upscale communities in Calgary where people tend to stay for the long term to choose from, each of which having its own pros and cons related to your desired lifestyle. You'll want to ask yourself as many questions as you can to help determine if this community would fit into your lifestyle in 5 or even 10 years into the future, such as:
- Where are the designated elementary, junior and senior high schools located?
- Do your children have special learning needs? Will they be going to private schools and where are these schools located?
- Is your community accessible to post-secondary institutions like Mount Royal and University of Calgary?
- Is a walkable lifestyle desirable for you and / or for your children now or in the future?
- What kind of daily activities do you enjoy? Do you like walking through parks and natural reserves close to home?
"Ask your realtor about any future developments planned for the area. No one would want to have any unexpected development in a view corridor or adjacent lot put a damper on the amount of natural light or enjoyment of their property"
#5 - Negotiating is key
Calgary marked a new Record for Luxury Home Sales in 2012, surpassing 500+ sales over $1 Million Dollars. During this time, the market for high-end properties was very strong. Today, Calgary's luxury home market has stayed relatively active but benchmark
When structuring your offer, having a realtor who will compare a listing and its features with other recently sold listings that have similar traits will give you accuracy when considering what to offer the seller. Keen market knowledge, personal connections and experience will help you buy at the right price without paying more than you have to.
"As an experienced luxury realtor I can help you determine what the best offering price is and how to structure the negotiation. I am committed to helping you find the best value while providing you with the best service throughout your purchase"
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