June has a long history of being a popular month for buying and selling here in Calgary. With the nice weather, vacation time, and influx of new families before the new school year starts, June is the perfect month to be active in the world of real estate. Whether you are buying or selling, now is the time to enter the market.
If you are planning to buy a home, June is a great month to start going to as many open houses as possible. Not only will this give you a good idea of what is out on the market, but it will also help you to get a feel for benchmark prices. Plus, open houses can be really fun if you go into them with a positive attitude.
There are a number of ways to find open houses to visit.
Open Houses are a lot like garage sales: sometimes there are posters up directing you to the property. If you stumble across something like this and have the time to check out the property, take advantage of it. That being said, you could be driving for a very long time before you find a sign leading you to an open house.
Try a quick google search! One really great website for finding open houses is www.openhousecalgary.com. You can search for properties in your desired area, look at listing details, and find maps to everywhere you wish to check out. For those of you putting your home on the market, you can put your home on this website. It is a great resource.
As always, your real estate agent is your best option. They are someone who is informed on different areas of the city and what they have to offer, so they can help you weed through some bad options so you don’t waste your time. They can also get in contact with the other realtor directly to negotiate things or ask questions beforehand. Your realtor should also be able to set up a private property viewing for you, too.
Remember to be polite at every open house you go to! Don’t rifle through closets or make a mess. Be respectful, introduce yourself to the person running the event, and make sure to write down your contact information if you are interested.
Your Real Estate Professional,