Before moving to Calgary, find a trusted REALTOR® to help you find the right neighbourhood for you, navigate you through the home buying process and help make purchasing a home as smooth as possible. Buying a home can be stressful. Buying a home in a city you don’t know very well, adds an extra layer of stress. Take the time to find the right REALTOR® before you relocate to help make your move easier.
Here are a couple ways to find a REALTOR® in another city?
Ask REALTORS® you know in your current city if they know a REALTOR® in they would recommend.
Ask friends or family living in your new city if they have a REALTOR® they would recommend.
Search for a REALTOR using REALTOR.ca. Use more search criteria to find a REALTOR® with specific designations (i.e. Canadian Employee Relocation Specialist).
Here are a few questions to ask when hiring a REALTOR® in another city?
Ask the REALTOR® for a few of their past clients to speak to.
Find out the REALTORS® certifications (i.e. Canadian Employee Relocation Specialist or Accredited Buyer's Representative designation).
Ask the REALTOR® if they have a team? Will you be working exclusively with them or a team member?
Ask the REALTOR® how much relocation business they do? What is their percentage of buyers versus sellers?
Ask the REALTOR® how they will assist in finding the right neighbourhood for you? Do they specialize in a specific area or work the whole city?
Ask the REALTOR® if they send you market statistics for the neighbourhoods you are interested in. Before you move you want to have a good idea of what homes are selling for (i.e. the list price to sale price ratio, months of inventory etc.)
Ask the REALTOR® if they do an in-person buyer consultation to inform you about the buying process and answer all your real estate questions.
Here are a few additional tips to help make your move to a new city smoother.
Make notes about what type of neighbourhood you want to live in? Close to downtown, suburban, mature or new community, a lake community, estate neighbourhood etc.
Make a list of all the things you would like in the neighbourhood you want to live in (i.e. public transit, schools, recreational facility, shopping etc.)
If you have school age children, what type of school do you want them to attend? Public, private, Catholic etc. Do you want them to walk to school or can they take the bus?
If you have school age children, try to book your home finding trips on weekdays, so you can contact or visit schools. Some schools may be at capacity, so you will want to contact the schools in the neighbourhoods you love before you purchase a home.
It’s important to find the right REALTOR® for you before you move to a new city. A REALTOR® will answer all your questions, provide you with the information and insights you need, help you avoid costly mistakes, and make sure you’re heading in the right direction.
Contact Marnie Campbell, Calgary REALTOR® and Canadian Employee Relocation Specialist. 403-479-8619