Finding the Perfect Starter Home
Finding and moving into your first starter home is a magical experience. Much like your first car or your first love, it is one of those life-changing milestones that you will never forget. It does not matter whether you stay for just a few years or decades.
Like every great turning point in life, a starter home could mean something different to various people. For the majority, it represents the coming of age and freedom – from parents or the limitations of apartment living. Now you can paint the walls any color you want and even knock a few down if you so choose. The starter home, be it meek or grand, is often the culmination of years of hard work, frugal living and personal sacrifice. It is a visible symbol of all that you have achieved.
Before embarking on the hunt, it is wise to sit down with a real estate professional and mortgage lender to determine just how much you can afford and are willing to spend. It is also a good idea to target neighbourhoods that can accommodate your lifestyle and budget. Your Realtor can best meet your needs if he is familiar with your short- and long-term goals. How long do you plan on being in the home? Are you looking to flip the property? Are you a condo person or more interested in a detached home with a yard? Do you have children or plan to start a family in the future? These are all questions that merit careful consideration.
Once you have established and shared your plans and wish list with a professional, you can begin the search for your ideal home. Don’t hurry because half the fun is in the hunt. Take advantage of every opportunity along the way to further your own real estate education. It may take days, weeks or even months, but invariably, you will know you have found the perfect one the first time you see it.
For some, the starter home will be the initial humble step in a series of real estate acquisitions. For others, it will be the place where they marry and raise children. Memories will be made that will last a lifetime. If the walls could talk, what tales they would tell!
Enjoy the journey.
Are you buying or selling a home in Calgary? Do you want an agent who has the enthusiasm and energy to get things done, with your best interests in mind at all times? Contact me at 403-617-8758, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.kellymacdonald.ca and let's make good things happen!
About Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald is a Realtor® with The Real Estate Company in Calgary, where she has been living (and loving it!) since she was 10. Kelly offers her clients a unique mix of youthful vigor, creativity and technical and design savvy on one hand, and professionalism and transactional expertise from her business degree and strong administrative background on the other. Kelly is also a devoted wife and mother of two, with whom she finds time from her busy schedule to play scrabble and walk by the beautiful lake of their home in Southeast Calgary.