Navigating The Home Buying Process: Key Costly Mistakes You'll Want To Avoid

Buying a home is often the largest purchase a person will make in their lifetime, so it’s especially important as a home buyer to avoid those common and potentially costly home buyer mistakes.

Avoid These Home Buying Financial Mistakes

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Dive into the crucial financial aspects of home buying that many overlook, from the misconception that a large down payment is always required to the nuances of securing the best mortgage terms. Here are a few common financial pitfalls.

  1. Not Getting Pre-Approved Before Starting the Search
  2. Assuming You Need a 20% Down Payment
  3. Leaving Your Deposit in an RSP or Virtual Bank
  4. Not Anticipating Closing Costs Like Lawyer Fees

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15 Things to Know About Calgary to Make Your Relocation Move Easier

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or real estate veteran, relocating to Calgary, Alberta can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time! From the beginning of your home search through your possession, there’s an awful lot to think about and decide when relocating to Calgary. You don’t want to make costly home buying mistakes or decisions you'll regret.

At the Marnie Campbell Real Estate Team we know there's a lot at stake when relocating to Calgary which is why you'll have peace of mind working with our expert team. We're Relocation Specialists and we've helped hundreds of families with their move. Our team will guide you through every step of the process, help you…

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Get all your first-time home buyer questions answered, so you avoid costly mistakes (2024)

Owning a home may be your dream, but in order for the purchase to be the happy and satisfying experience it was meant to be, especially for a first-time home buyer, you need to ensure that you are financially and mentally prepared for the responsibilities that come with it.

  • 11 Questions to Ask When Hiring a REALTOR
  • 10 Questions to Ask About the Cost of Buying Your First Home 
  • 5 Questions to Ask When Searching for a Home 

Questions to Ask When Hiring a REALTOR

11 Questions to ask when hiring a Realtor.

1. How do REALTOR fees work? How much do you get paid?

The fees are determined at the time the home owners sign the listing agreement with the Listing REALTOR. The fees can…

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NW Calgary Home FOR SALE

Fall in love with this beautiful $835,000 5 bedroom NW Calgary home for sale in the sough-after community of Tuxedo.  Custom designed and across from a park. With over 2,800 SQ FT of developed space you have EVERYTHING you want.

MUST SEE kitchen boasts a nearly 10’ ISLAND, soft close drawers, QUARTZ countertops, 6 BURNER gas stove, 60” WIDE fridge/freezer, custom pantry, tons of STORAGE, beverage fridge and spacious EATING BAR. Front flex space with FRENCH DOORS and large picture can be your comfortable HOME OFFICE or dining area for entertaining.

Unwind in the living area with a GAS FIREPLACE, extra WEST facing windows looking out to the park, and PATIO DOORS leading out to the SOUTH deck. Space for your dining…

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Is Lakeview, Calgary A Good Neighbourhood To Buy A Home? The Pros and Cons

Lakeview is frequently mentioned as one of the best choices for purchasing a home in the southwest area of the Calgary. With its natural landscape and community-centric atmosphere, it's easy to see why home buyers are drawn to this Calgary neighbourhood.

But like any neighbourhood, Lakeview has its complexities.

In this detailed neighbourhood review, we'll explore the pros and cons of buying a home in Lakeview, Calgary to give you a clearer picture of what life is really like, so you can make the best decisions when buying a home.

Ready to find out if Lakeview, Calgary is the best neighbourhood for you?

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Pros of Buying a Home in Lakeview

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LUXURY Calgary townhouse FOR SALE

Fall in love with this luxury Calgary townhouse for sale with extensive UPGRADES and stunning RIVER VALLEY VIEWS in the desirable "The Landings At Cougar Ridge". This luxury lock & leave home exudes sophistication and CRAFTSMANSHIP.

In addition to being low-maintenance, this complex uses a GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM for sustainable, energy efficient and cost effective heating and cooling. With 2551 sq ft of developed space you have everything you want! In addition to being low-maintenance, this complex uses a GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM for sustainable, energy efficient and cost effective heating and cooling.

The main floor boasts beautiful wide plank HARDWOOD FLOORS, 9’ ceilings, CUSTOM BUILT-INS and a soaring 22’ VAULTED…

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Tour a $380,000 Townhouse in SW Calgary For Sale!

FALL IN LOVE with this beautiful 2 bedroom townhome for sale with 2025 SQ FT of LIVING SPACE in the sought-after SW community of Patterson.

You’ll immediately be impressed with the large family room with 12’ VAULTED CEILING, gas fireplace and access to your FRONT BALCONY. Sit out front, unwind and soak up the sun. Additional front living space can be used as relaxing sitting area or formal dining.

Kitchen boasts STAINLESS STEAL appliances, tons of storage space, pantry and ISLAND. Spacious dining nook means room for everyone!

Patio doors give easy access to your SOUTH FACING deck where you can enjoy BBQ’s and family time.

Upstairs the BONUS room is the perfect space for a theatre…

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Tour a $399,000 Home in Saddleridge, Calgary!

FALL IN LOVE with this fantastic 3 BEDROOM home for sale across from a PARK in desirable Saddleridge, Calgary. With 1760 sq ft of living space this home has everything you are looking for!

You’ll love entertaining in the OPEN main floor featuring beautiful WIDE PLANK flooring and tons of NATURAL LIGHT.

The kitchen boasts tons of cabinets, corner pantry and spacious dining area with space for everyone. Easy access to your LARGE DECK and fenced yard. 2-piece powder room.

Upstairs relax in the primary bedroom with a view of the park. 2 additional bedrooms are perfect for family, guests or office space. 4-piece main bathroom.

FINISHED lower level has huge REC SPACE ideal for theatre, gym or…

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Tour a $240,000 Townhouse in Killarney, SW Calgary!

FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER or INVESTMENT ALERT!! You’ll love this 2 BEDROOM townhouse for sale in sought-after Killarney, Calgary.

Living area is BRIGHT boasting a large picture window looking out to the green courtyard. Enjoy HARDWOOD floors!

The kitchen features white cabinets, tons of storage, and a large dining nook with SOUTH FACING windows. Easy access to your SOUTH BACK DECK and parking.

Upstairs relax in your primary bedroom. 2nd bedroom is great for family, guests or office space. 4-piece main bathroom.

Lower level is unfinished and just waiting for your personal touch…perfect for gym, theatre area or games room.

WELL-MAINTAINED COMPLEX. Fantastic inner-city location!


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Tour a $1,699,000 Luxury Home in SW Calgary with Backyard Studio/Retreat!

Fall in LOVE with this GORGEOUS 5 bedroom luxury home for sale BACKING ONTO NATURAL TREES and PATH in the desirable West Springs, Calgary! With over 5,000 sq ft of living space this CUSTOM BUILT home has absolutely everything you want….including a BACKYARD STUDIO/RETREAT!

The warm and welcoming front entry leads into the impressive living space with 19’ CEILING and 2-storey widows letting in tons of NATURAL LIGHT.

Rich wide plank HARDWOOD flooring, gas fireplace and motorized CHANDELIER LIFT. Chef’s kitchen boasts full height cabinets, high end JENNAIR appliances, INDUCTION cooktop (optional gas line), granite countertops, soft-close drawers, beverage fridge and HUGE…

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