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Buying a Home in a Competitive Neighbourhood

Buying a Home in a Competitive Neighbourhood

Imagine you’ve dreamed of living in a particular neighbourhood, perhaps for years, and then, when you’re finally ready to make a move, finding out that the area is competitive and buying there is definitely a challenge. A disappointment? Not necessarily.

There is a lot you can do to buy into a popular neighbourhood, even in competitive offer situations. Your first step is to start targeting that area now. Find out about property types, prices and trends. In particular, you’ll need to know what price range you should be thinking about, and making sure that it’s going to fit your budget.

To do that, you might need to get a determination of the Fair Market Value of your current home. Next, begin making preparations so you can get a jump on opportunities in that neighbourhood quickly. You don’t want to see a great property come on the market and not be ready to make a move. So, get your current home in order so it’s ready for a quick listing.

It is possible to get alerted to new listings as soon as they come on the market (ask me how!). Keep in mind that a new listing may not appear online for a few days. By getting advance notice, you can be among the first buyers to see the home and have an early advantage over other buyers.

If it’s likely there’s going to be competing offers for the home you want, there are many strategies that can increase your chances of winning. These involve going in at the right price, minimizing conditions to the offer, presenting the offer appropriately, and negotiating effectively. Is there a neighbourhood you want to get into? I can help make it happen. Call today.

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Kelly Heintz

Kelly started her career in Real Estate in 2008 working as a Legal Assistant for a small law firm. In 2011 she started working with a top producing Realtor, and over the next 7 years turned that business into one of the highest performing teams in Calgary. Kelly’s passion, commitment and dedication for what she does makes her the right agent for her clients – regardless of whether they are buying, selling or investing in real estate.

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