Carl Phin & Kim McLeod

There are a few times in life when we connect with a person and develop a strong bond of friendship, trust, and admiration for one another. These lifelong besties may enter your life in high school, or become your college roommate, work colleagues, or as your future spouse.

Some people may come and go in your life, but one special person will always be there for you; to stand beside you, and guide you, comfort you and console you. This amazingly special person is: YOUR REALTOR.

Realtors make your dreams happen, and will travel the ends of the county, working tirelessly for YOU.

Realtors go above and beyond to protect your best interests and get you what you want and deserve. When you are buying or selling a home you are vulnerable, emotional, and some of your worst traits rear their ugly heads, but your Realtor will love you anyway.

Here are 7 reasons why your Realtor is the best friend you never knew you had:

1. They know what we can truly afford (even when we don’t).

Your Realtor...

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REALTORS® are known for helping people buy and sell real estate, but much of what a REALTOR® actually does to earn their commission happens behind the scenes.


A good REALTOR® will make your real estate transaction flow smoothly through each step of the process, leaving the impression that their job is fairly simple. The fact is – that couldn’t be further from the truth. Anyone who has ever lived with a REALTOR® knows how difficult their job is. If you’ve never spent much one-on-one time with a REALTOR®, you may not understand how different their job is from the average everyday job.


A day in the life of a good REALTOR® is extremely complicated.


Being a REALTOR® is Exhausting!

As you read through some of the tasks on the infographic above, it may seem overwhelming. That’s because it is. Full-time REALTORS® who excel in their careers are high-energy, time-efficient professionals who know how to handle stress and responsibility well. There...

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Did you buy your first home. 

You could be entitled to a $5000 tax credit! 


The costs associated with purchasing a home, such as legal fees, disbursements and land transfer taxes, can be a particular burden for first-time homebuyers who must pay these costs, as well as save money for a down payment.


If you've taken a leap into the real estate market, you may be able to claim up to $5,000 on your taxes.



The First-Time Homebuyer Credit is a non-refundable tax credit that reduces the amount of taxes you owe.

 

 If you buy a property with friends, your spouse or anyone else, you can all potentially claim the credit as long as everyone qualifies — but the total claim amount can't exceed $5,000 for one property.

 

To assist first-time homebuyers with the costs associated with the purchase of a home, the Government of Canada introduced a FTHB Tax Credit in 2009 — a $5,000 non-refundable income tax credit amount on a qualifying home acquired after January...

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Most home buyers assume that they know all information related to the real estate industry after studying neighborhoods, mortgages, house hunting, and visiting potential homes. However, starting the home inspection process just proves how little you actually know about homes. 



Home inspections are detailed and are a necessary step when buying a home. The reports are overwhelming. Your home inspection will cover majority of the structural component and working systems of the home before you purchase. Here are some questions to ask your home inspector to help you make a smart buying decision. 

What Does Your Inspection Cover?

The home inspector should be in a position to make sure that their reports meet all the requirements in Alberta. They should also guarantee you that their inspection report complies with standards of practice and code of ethics, as applicable. You should request to see copies of such reports in advance and seek any clarifications that you might have. 

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