Okotoks Parade & Children's Festival

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
 

The Okotoks Parade & Children's Festival have been a hugely popular event every year. The Parade begins at 11 am in Downtown Okotoks.  The Children's Festival, presented by TD, follows at 12 pm, and includes crafts, face painting, food, and always live entertainment! This year's entertainers Michelle & Friends and the Purple Pirate Magic Show are sure to be a hit!


Be sure to wave and say hello to our team members Jay Magnussen, Savannah Magnussen & Neil Donnelly when you see Magnussen Real Estate Team at the parade! Our agents are friendly and always willing to talk about the real estate market in Okotoks!  

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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 716 AVONLEA PL SE in Calgary.
BEAUTIFUL ACADIA BUNGALOW! Here's your opportunity to call the beautiful community of Acadia home! This nicely updated 1062 sq. ft. bungalow is located on a quiet cul-de-sac. The main floor features a large living room, dining room ( with access to the deck ) and gourmet kitchen ( open to the living room ) along with 3 bedrooms ( including the master ) and a family 4 pc. bath. The lower, basement is fully finished with a large, illegal 2 bedroom suite along with a storage room and laundry area. Outside you'll find a cozy deck off of the dining room and an oversized, double detached garage along with a large RV parking pad.
 
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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 1216 SIENNA PARK GR SW in Calgary.
Beautiful renovations in a highly desirable 50+ condo building. This sunny, south facing unit features a stunning renovated kitchen boasting granite countertops, stainless steel appliances including a double oven, breakfast bar, and ample storage. The dining area, with built in china cabinet, and living room flow together in an open concept layout and offer access to the south facing balcony with a gas line where you can enjoy the beautiful mountain view! There are 2 spacious bedrooms including the large master suite with dual closets and custom renovated 3 pc ensuite featuring a glass enclosed shower. The main, 4 pc bath offers a walk-in tub and adjustable showerhead. Enjoy the convenience of in-suite laundry & storage. This unit is ideally located close to the elevator and close to the heated, underground parking spot with a storage unit nearby. The nearby recreation center and visitor parking are nearby for your convenience - enjoy pool tables, gym, social areas, kitchen & more.
 
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YES! ABSOLUTELY.  


Real estate prices in Calgary and surrounding areas like Okotoks, Airdrie & Cochrane have been trending downward since 2014. Rental vacancy is low. Mortgage rules have tightened meaning a lot of people are not in a position to buy a home, needing to rent. 


Now, is the time to shop around for the right investment property BUT, do not jump in without doing your homework.



INVESTMENT PROPERTY BUYING HOMEWORK


  1. Estimate 1% of property value for annual maintenance
  2. Expect to put at least 20% down to get your investment property mortgage.
  3. Buy a property that has positive rental flow from day one.
  4. Set out rules in your lease agreement and stick to them, ie, charge late rent payment fees, determine your pet policy, etc.  
  5. Screen your tenants as if you were screening them to move in with you! 
  6. Do not buy a fixer-upper unless you know for certain you have a contractor who does quality work.
  7. Look for a property close to schools, public transit, amenities, parks, grocery. 
  8. Repairs will be unexpected and can be expensive. Ask your accountant what tax deductions are available for investment properties which may include: mortgage interest, repairs or improvement costs, etc.
  9. Research municipal bylaws and rules relating to property 
  10. Research Alberta's Landlord & Tenants Act to be well informed of your rights and responsibilities as a landlord. 
 

GOALS


Own one property, or several, for a couple of decades, create high net worth, use to supplement a retirement fund, pay off mortgage using your rental income, and sell when you are ready to cash out.

 


GET EXCITED 


Due to appreciation, you are likely to sell your property at a higher price than what you bought it at, which makes selling an exciting and profitable end goal to your investment!  

 


Investing in real estate and property or any real estate for that matter is unpredictable and can have a lot of both positives and negatives.  If you decide you re ready then... 


  1. Do your homework.
  2. Contact us, Magnussen Real Estate Team, who are experienced and knowledgeable in this field and ready to help you find the right investment.  
  3. Create a solid plan and stick to it
  4. Remember, investing in rental property is not going to make you rich quickly - plan for the long term. One of the best attributes of Real Estate Investing is ownership.  You cannot lose until you sell.
 
If you are thinking about buying an investment property in Okotoks, Calgary or Airdrie - give us a call today! 
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Please visit our Open House at 113 7 HARVEST GOLD MR NE in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, March 30, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM
This beautifully updated Harvest Hills condo has plenty to offer including 2 generous bedrooms, 2 bathrooms including the impressive ensuite with a tile shower, a sunny west facing balcony, underground parking, a gas fireplace framed by windows and much more. Enjoy the low maintenance laminate flooring, the ample natural light & more. This unit offers the convenience of in-suite laundry, being located on the ground floor, is close to numerous amenities, a quick commute to the airport and has great access to Deerfoot Trail.
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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Please visit our Open House at 168 BRACEWOOD RD SW in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, March 30, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM
This inviting bi-level home, located in beautiful Braeside, has been remodeled top to bottom! The main floor boasts an open concept layout, allowing the living room, dining area, and kitchen to flow together seamlessly over hardwood floors. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a built-in sidebar/hutch, under cabinet lighting, and offers easy access to the large rear deck. The main floor has 2 bedrooms, one with a built-in Murphy bed, and the other with a 3 pc ensuite. The main, 4 pc bath has been totally improved! The lower level has been transformed into your master retreat includes a gas fireplace, easy access to the laundry room, and an impressive 5 pc ensuite with a customized walk-in california closet which must be seen to be appreciated! Outside you will find a new oversized double, detached rear garage with man cave that is insulated & heated, the rear yard is brimming with mature trees, hot tub and beautiful landscaping.
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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Please visit our Open House at 117 WOODBURN CR in Okotoks.
Open House on Sunday, March 31, 2019 1:30PM - 3:30PM
This split-level home, located on a huge lot in beautiful Woodhaven, is overflowing with potential. The main floor boasts a wood burning brick fireplace, vaulted ceiling and a bank of windows allowing natural light to flood the room. The kitchen has tons of high-quality oak cabinets & stainless steel appliances. Upstairs you will find 3 generous bedrooms, a shared 4 pc bath and an ensuite off the master bedroom. The 3rd level features a charming antique wood burning stove in the family room, along with an additional bedroom and 3 pc bath. Outside you will find a front facing, vinyl deck with aluminum railing while the rear yard that is brimming with mature trees, a patio and beautiful landscaping including a pond. The windows throughout have been replaced (except the 2 basement windows).
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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Please visit our Open House at 128224 386 AV W in Rural Foothills County.
Open House on Saturday, March 16, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM
This gorgeous 2 storey home is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Foothills, minutes outside of Black Diamond. The open concept great room offers a functional living space with top of the line finishings. The main floor, flowing over hardwood floors, features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances & a large island with breakfast bar. The living room boasts an inviting gas fireplace & built-in entertainment unit. Access the rear deck off the dining area to enjoy the glorious mountain view. The main floor is completed by a den/office behind French doors, laundry/mud room & powder room. Your oversized triple car garage can be accessed from the mudroom. Upstairs you will find a bonus room, 4 pc bath & 4 big bedrooms including the impressive master suite which features a luxurious ensuite with a soaker tub, tile/glass shower, double vanity & walk-in closet w/ organizer. Enjoy 5 acres w/ pastures & horse shelters. Young trees will soon mature to provide shade & privacy.
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 128224 386 AV W in Rural Foothills County.
This gorgeous 2 storey home is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Foothills, minutes outside of Black Diamond. The open concept great room offers a functional living space with top of the line finishings. The main floor, flowing over hardwood floors, features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances & a large island with breakfast bar. The living room boasts an inviting gas fireplace & built-in entertainment unit. Access the rear deck off the dining area to enjoy the glorious mountain view. The main floor is completed by a den/office behind French doors, laundry/mud room & powder room. Your oversized triple car garage can be accessed from the mudroom. Upstairs you will find a bonus room, 4 pc bath & 4 big bedrooms including the impressive master suite which features a luxurious ensuite with a soaker tub, tile/glass shower, double vanity & walk-in closet w/ organizer. Enjoy 5 acres w/ pastures & horse shelters. Young trees will soon mature to provide shade & privacy.
 
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Please visit our Open House at 128224 386 AV W in Rural Foothills County.
Open House on Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
This gorgeous 2 storey home is set against the backdrop of the beautiful Foothills, minutes outside of Black Diamond. The open concept great room offers a functional living space with top of the line finishings. The main floor, flowing over hardwood floors, features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances & a large island with breakfast bar. The living room boasts an inviting gas fireplace & built-in entertainment unit. Access the rear deck off the dining area to enjoy the glorious mountain view. The main floor is completed by a den/office behind French doors, laundry/mud room & powder room. Your oversized triple car garage can be access from the mud room. Upstairs you will find a bonus room, 4 pc bath & 4 big bedrooms including the impressive master suite which features a luxurious ensuite with a soaker tub, tile/glass shower, double vanity & walk-in closet w/ organizer. Enjoy 5 acres w/ pastures & horse shelters. Young trees will soon mature to provide shade & privacy.
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 168 BRACEWOOD RD SW in Calgary.
This inviting bi-level home, located in beautiful Braeside, has been remodeled top to bottom! The main floor boasts an open concept layout, allowing the living room, dining area, and kitchen to flow together seamlessly over hardwood floors. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a built-in sidebar/hutch, under cabinet lighting, and offers easy access to the large rear deck. The main floor has 2 bedrooms, one with a built-in Murphy bed, and the other with a 3 pc ensuite. The main, 4 pc bath has been totally improved! The lower level has been transformed into your master retreat includes a gas fireplace, easy access to the laundry room, and an impressive 5 pc ensuite with a customized walk-in california closet which must be seen to be appreciated! Outside you will find a new oversized double, detached rear garage with man cave that is insulated & heated, the rear yard is brimming with mature trees, hot tub and beautiful landscaping.
 
Contact us for more information. 
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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 117 WOODBURN CR in Okotoks.
This split-level home, located on a huge lot in beautiful Woodhaven, is overflowing with potential. The main floor boasts a wood burning brick fireplace, vaulted ceiling and a bank of windows allowing natural light to flood the room. The kitchen has tons of high-quality oak cabinets & stainless steel appliances. Upstairs you will find 3 generous bedrooms, a shared 4 pc bath and an ensuite off the master bedroom. The 3rd level features a charming antique wood burning stove in the family room, along with an additional bedroom and 3 pc bath. Outside you will find a front facing, vinyl deck with aluminum railing while the rear yard that is brimming with mature trees, a patio and beautiful landscaping including a pond. The windows throughout have been replaced (except the 2 basement windows).
 
Contact us for more information. 
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Please visit our Open House at 2 CRANBROOK VI SE in Calgary.
Open House on Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:00PM - 2:00PM
*Seller willing to pay condo fees for 1 year* Enjoy maintenance-free, estate living nestled between Fish Creek Park and the Bow River, in Cranston's Riverstone. This beautiful bungalow style estate condo offers 1587 sq.ft of living space complete with 3 beds, 2 baths, quartz counters, high-end appliances including a gas range, a stunning mountain view & much more! The open concept living space allows the gourmet kitchen, dining area & living room to flow together over gleaming hardwood floors & under 9'ceilings - making this ideal for everyday living & entertaining. Sit on your large balcony, or ground level patio to enjoy the outdoor space. Conveniently access your double attached garage from the lower floor of your unit. As a part of the Cranston community, you will have access to Century Hall with a spray park, skating rinks, tennis courts & more. You will also have access to dining, shopping, movie theatre & more minutes away in Cranston & Seton shopping areas.
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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Please visit our Open House at 113 7 HARVEST GOLD MR NE in Calgary.
Open House on Saturday, March 9, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM
This beautifully updated Harvest Hills condo has plenty to offer including 2 generous bedrooms, 2 bathrooms including the impressive ensuite with a tile shower, a sunny west facing balcony, underground parking, a gas fireplace framed by windows and much more. Enjoy the low maintenance laminate flooring, the ample natural light & more. This unit offers the convenience of in-suite laundry, being located on the ground floor, is close to numerous amenities, a quick commute to the airport and has great access to Deerfoot Trail.
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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Please visit our Open House at 330 CIMARRON VISTA WY in Okotoks.
Open House on Sunday, March 10, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM
This inviting 2 story home has an open concept main living space, 3 + 1 bedrooms, a fully finished basement & more! The open layout allows the living room, kitchen & dining nook to flow together. The comfortable living room boasts a gas fireplace surrounded by stone, overlooking the rear deck & yard. The elegant kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, plenty of cabinets, large central island, spacious corner pantry and more! The main floor is completed by a half bath & a flex room off of the front entrance, which is ideal for a home office or playroom. Upstairs you will find a 4 pc bath & 3 spacious bedrooms including the master suite which offers the convenience of a walk-in closet & ensuite. The basement is fully finished with a family room, 1 additional bedroom, a 4 pc bath & laundry/storage room and water softener, almost a necessity in Okotoks . Outside you will find a rear deck and fenced yard with a 2 car parking pad. Close to dining, shopping, parks, and playgrounds in beautiful Cimarron!
 
Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team to find out how we are selling homes FAST & for top dollar! 
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Buying a home may seem daunting or overwhelming at first - particularly if you're a first-time home buyer. Between mortgage rates, property taxes, negotiating with sellers, and closing the deal, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. There's so much at stake! But don't worry - we got you!


If you familiarize yourself with what it takes to buy your first home beforehand, it can help you navigate the real estate market with ease. So let's get started! We have outlined the major steps that are involved in buying a home in Okotoks or Calgary. 

Step 1: Start gathering a down payment

The very first step every first-time home buyer should tackle is to figure out their finances. Buying a home (particularly for the first time) requires a mortgage, where a lender fronts you the money and you pay them back over time. However, in order to get a mortgage, you'll need to put down some sort of down payment. 

Step 2: Check your credit score

In addition to having a down payment, a first-time home buyer will need a decent credit score. This three-digit number is a numerical summary of your credit report, a detailed document outlining how well you've paid off past debts like for credit cards and college student loans. A lender will check your score and report in order to estimate the odds that you will deliver your monthly payment to them, too. In turn, they will use this info to decide whether or not to loan you money, as well as how much, and at what interest rate.

If a lender sees some late payments or other blemishes in your credit report, this can lower your odds of getting a loan with a great interest rate, or perhaps even jeopardize your chances of getting any loan at all. So, it's essential to know your score and take steps now if necessary to bring it up to snuff. Here is how you can check your credit score. 


Step 3: Get pre-approved for a mortgage

Before you head out home buying in Okotoks, you should seek pre-approval from a lender for a home loan. This is where you meet with a loan officer, ideally a few at various mortgage companies. Each mortgage lender will scrutinize your financial background—such as your debt-to-income ratio and assets—and use this info to determine whether they're willing to loan you money, and what size monthly payment you can realistically afford. This will help you target homes in your price range. And that's good since a purchase price that's beyond your financial reach will make you sweat your mortgage payment and puts you at risk of defaulting on your loan.


As a new home buyer, just keep in mind that mortgage pre-approval is different from mortgage pre-qualification. Pre-qualify, and you're undergoing a much simpler process that can give you a ballpark figure of what you can afford to borrow, but with no promise from the lender. Getting pre-approved is more of a pain since you'll have to provide tons of paperwork, but it's worth the trouble since it guarantees you're creditworthy and can truly buy a home.


Before they even meet with a lender, one step homebuyers can take to begin understanding what they can afford as a monthly mortgage payment is to plug their info into an online home affordability calculator. This will calculate the maximum amount you can afford as a monthly payment.

Step 4: Contact the Magnussen Real Estate Team 

Want a trusty, experienced home-buying guide by your side? Most first-timers will want a great real estate agent—specifically a buyer's agent, who will help you find the right houses, negotiate a great real estate deal, and explain all the nuances of home buying along the way. Like we said - we've got you covered. Find out more about our amazing real estate agents in our "Meet The Team" section. We know the Okotoks Real Estate market inside and out. We also serve clients in Calgary, High River, Airdrie and other surrounding areas covered by the Calgary Real Estate Board. 


The best part??? Our services are FREE to first-time home buyers since the seller pays the sales commission!  


Step 5: Go home buying!

This is the fun part! As a buyer, you can peruse thousands of real estate listings on our website, Realtor.ca, or through the targetted email search we will set up for you! Then ask your Jay Magnussen, Savannah Magnussen or Neil Donnelly to set up appointments to see your favorites in person. Since the sheer number of homes can become overwhelming, it's best to separate your must-haves from those features you'd like, but don't really need. Do you really want a new home or do you prefer a fixer-upper? Make a list of your wants and needs to get started, and whittle down your options.

Step 6: Make an offer

Found your dream home? Then it's time to make an offer to the seller. Our professional Remax real estate team will offer you market insights and do a property CMA before deciding what to offer on this home. We got you. 

Step 7: Get a home inspection

A home inspection is where you hire a home inspector to check out the house from top to bottom to determine if there are any problems with it that might make you think twice about moving forward. Think mold, faulty foundation, plumbing issues, etc. Sure, a lot can go wrong, but rest assured that most problems are fixable.

Step 8: Get a home appraisal

Even if you got pre-approved for your home loan, your lender will want to conduct a home appraisal. This is where they check out the house to make sure it's a good investment. It's similar to a home inspection, but for your lender. 

Step 9: Head to closing

Closing brings together a variety of parties who are part of the real estate transaction, including the buyer, seller, mortgage representative, lawyers, and others.


Closing is the day you officially get the keys to your new home—and pay all the various parties involved. That will include your down payment for your loan, plus closing costs, the extra fees you pay to process your loan. 

Step 10: Move in!

Done with closing? Got your loan? Congratulations, you've officially graduated from a buyer to a homeowner! See, the home-buying process wasn't so scary after all, right? Now it's time to kick back and enjoy the many beneits of becoming a homeowner.

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We define success differently


We don't think of success as the most money earned or the most deals closed but rather - we define success as how well we service our clients and how happy they are in the results we deliver. For us, true success isn’t achieved without our clients first feeling like they've won.


We like to help people


We get a great deal of satisfaction knowing we helped our clients find their first home or their dream home. We love being able to deliver honest, ethical, fair service and have our clients rest easy that we will never cut corners. We love negotiating for our clients and getting them top dollar for their home.


We also have a passion for helping people in our community! Our team volunteers every month at the Okotoks Foodbank, we volunteer with the Okotoks Jr. A Oilers on many occasions, we are proud supporters of the Foothills AIM Society, Dewdney Players, and more! You will see Jay ringing bells at the Salvation Army kettles during the Christmas season. We have several annual events that benefit local charities. Savannah is the President and Founder of a national non-profit organization that supports police families - Beyond The Blue. Giving back is very important to us - click here to read more!  


We are service driven 


You don't work for us, we work for you! We go out of our way to take excellent care of our clients and make them feel valued. We help stage and prepare your home for sale. We keep in regular contact with you during the home buying or selling process. We follow up after your showings for feedback. We give our clients some pretty awesome thank you gifts ;-) and much more! You will love being a Magnussen Real Estate team client!  


Experience 


Jay Magnussen has been thriving in the real estate market since 2003, winning numerous awards for sales like the Remax Hall of Fame Award, customer service awards, benevolence & community impact awards and more. Since 2008 Jay has managed a team of Realtors, mentoring them with great success. Savannah Magnussen has been working with the team since 2008, attaining her real estate license in 2018 with ample experience in customer care, home staging, marketing and more. Neil Donnelly brings over 15 years of experience in new home sales prior to joining our Okotoks Real Estate Team and is passionate about helping his clients. 


We are here, even after we’re done

Just because we have helped our client’s find the perfect new home or sell their home with excellent results, it doesn’t mean that I’m not available to them once it’s all said and done. We develope relationships with our clients and like to keep in touch. If you ever have real estate questions we are just a short phone call away. 



Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your real estate needs! 

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You’ve been saving a down payment for a while, weighing your options, looking around at real estate casually. Now you’ve finally decided to do it — you are ready to buy a house!  The process of buying a home in Okotoks or Calgary can be incredibly exciting, yet stressful, all at once.  Where do you start?


It is essential you do your homework before you begin.  Learn from the experiences of others, do some research.  Of course, with so many details involved, slip-ups are inevitable.  But be careful:  learning from your mistakes may prove costly.  Use the following list of pitfalls prepared by our professional Remax Real Estate Team as a guide to help you avoid the most common mistakes.


Mistake 1 - Searching for houses without getting pre-approved by a lender:


Do not mistake pre-approval by a lender with pre-qualification.  Pre-qualification, the first step toward being pre-approved, will point you in the right direction, giving you an idea of the price range of houses you can comfortably afford.  Pre-approval, however, means you become a cash buyer, making negotiations with the seller much easier. As an Okotoks Realtor we have built relationships with many Okotoks Mortgage Brokers and are happy to refer you to one of these brokers.  


Mistake 2 - Allowing “first impressions” to overly influence your decision:

The first impression of a home has been cited as the single most influential factor guiding many purchasers’ choice to buy.  Make a conscious decision beforehand to examine a home as objectively as you can.  Don’t let the current owners’ style or lifestyle sway your judgment.  Beneath the bad décor or messy rooms, these homes may actually suit your needs and offer you a structurally sound base with which to work.  Likewise, don’t jump at home simply because the walls are painted your favorite color!  Make sure you thoroughly investigate the structure beneath the paint before you come to any serious decisions. Magnussen Real Estate will help gude you throug this tricky world. 


Mistake 3 - Failing to have the home inspected before you buy:

Buying a home in Okotoks or Calgary is a major financial decision that is often made after having spent very little time on the property itself.  A home inspection performed by a competent company will help you enter the negotiation process with eyes wide open, offering you added reassurance that the choice you’re making is a sound one, or alerting you to underlying problems that could cost you significant money in both the short and long-run. Our team of real estate agents can suggest reputable home inspection companies for you to consider and will ensure the appropriate clause is entered into your contract.


Mistake 4 - Not knowing and understanding your rights and obligations as listed in the Offer to Purchase:

Make it a priority to know your rights and obligations inside and out.  A lack of understanding about your obligations may, at the very least, cause friction between yourself and the people with whom you are about to enter the contract.  Wrong assumptions, poorly written/ incomprehensible/ missing clauses, or a lack of awareness of how the clauses apply to the purchase, could also contribute to increased costs.  These problems may even lead to a void contract.  So, take the time to go through the contract with a fine-tooth comb, making use of the resources and knowledge offered by your real estate agent and Lawyer.  With their assistance, ensure you thoroughly understand every component of the contract and are able to fulfill your contractual obligations. 


Mistake 5 - Making an offer based on the asking price, not the market value:

Ask your real estate agent for a current CMA (Comparative Market Analysis).  This will provide you with the information necessary to gauge the market value of a home, and will help you avoid over-paying.  What have other similar homes sold for in the area and how long were they on the market?  What is the difference between their asking and selling prices?  Is the home you’re looking at under-priced, over-priced, or fair value?  The seller receives a Comparative Market Analysis before deciding upon an asking price, so make sure you have all the same information at your fingertips.


Mistake 6 - Failing to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood before buying:

Check out the neighborhoods you’re considering ahead of time and ask around.  What amenities does the area have to offer?  Are there schools, churches, parks, or grocery stores within reach?  Consider visiting schools in the area if you have children.  How will you be affected by a new commute to work?  Are there infrastructure projects in development?  All of these factors will influence the way you experience your new home, so ensure you’re well-acquainted with the surrounding area before purchasing.


Mistake 7 - Not looking for home insurance until you are about to move:

If you wait until the last minute, you’ll be rushed to find an insurance policy that’s the ideal fit for you.  Make sure you give yourself enough time to shop around in order to get the best deal.


Mistake 8 - Not recognizing different styles and strategies of negotiation:

Many buyers think that the way to negotiate their way to a fair price is by offering low.  However, in reality, this strategy may actually result in the seller becoming more inflexible, polarizing negotiations.  Employ the knowledge and skills of an experienced Real Estate Agent. Your agent will know what strategies of negotiation will prove most effective for your particular situation. 



Contact our Okotoks & Calgary Real Estate Team for more helpful advice on buying a home!

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The Magnussen Real Estate Team" have listed a new property at 113 7 HARVEST GOLD MR NE in Calgary.
This beautifully updated Harvest Hills condo has plenty to offer including 2 generous bedrooms, 2 bathrooms including the impressive ensuite with a tile shower, a sunny west facing balcony, underground parking, a gas fireplace framed by windows and much more. Enjoy the low maintenance laminate flooring, the ample natural light & more. This unit offers the convenience of in-suite laundry, being located on the ground floor, is close to numerous amenities, a quick commute to the airport and has great access to Deerfoot Trail.
 
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If you didn't hear about it, see it or attend it then you're probably frozen in a block of ice!


Rogers Home Town Hockey took over Okotoks the weekend of Feb 23 & 24 with well-known names like Ron McLean, Tara Slone, Alan Doyle, lots of hockey greats and more! They were super kind to attend the Okotoks Jr. A Oilers hockey game to commentate with our local broadcasters. Jay Magnussen was thrilled to enjoy lunch with Ron McLean at a local Okotoks golf club. 


Olde Towne Okotoks was closed to traffic due to the mobile broadcasting trailer, stage, street hockey rink, and plenty more fun exhibits. Despite the frigid temperatures Okotoks resident showed up in droves to take in the traveling SportsNet hockey festival!  We saw plenty of Okotoks Minor Hockey players hashing it out on the main street in the ball hockey rink, picked up some free swag, visited with lots of bundled up residents of Okotoks and saw tons of smiling faces. Hockey is more than a sport in Okotoks - it's a community, a way of life, a reason for people to get together, and more!


If you take a moment to think, we have a lot of really cool opportunities here in Okotoks, Home Town Hockey is just one of them. Take the time to check out an Okotoks Oilers Jr A Hockey game, or during warmer months visit the Okotoks Dawgs baseball stadium, or consider the many cool festivals and community events like the Chili Cook-Off, Parade Day and so much more!


Can you tell that we love Okotoks! Do you?

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