Narrowing Down Your Search to Find the Right Home


Looking at homes is a fun experience for most buyers, but spending excessive time looking at the wrong homes can become frustrating. Most people want to see enough properties so they can make a purchase with confidence. However, seeing too many homes can become overwhelming and make it even more difficult to make a decision.

Here are four tips to narrow down your search and find a home that works for you:

Determine your ideal neighbourhood. Are you looking for an older home in a mature neighbourhood, or do you have your sights set on something fairly new with modern finishes? In addition, think about other important factors, such as the schools within proximity, access to amenities and your travel time to work. Establishing your preferences will help you decide on the right area for you.

Consider the right type of home. How much space do you need? Buying a smaller place such as a townhome or condo might be the right decision for a limited budget, but don’t forget to think about your long-term needs. The longer a home suits your needs, the more equity you can build up over time.

Establish your budget. Speaking to a mortgage professional should be one of the first things you do as a home buyer. Find out how much money you will need to put down and determine your maximum approval range. Based on these figures, consider how much you are actually comfortable spending. Don’t just look at the purchase price, think about your monthly budget.

Consider your priorities. Make a list of your must-haves and the things you are willing to compromise. Communicate your needs with your Realtor to help you avoid homes that simply aren’t contenders in your search. Acquire knowledge on the types of homes that are available within your desired price range and keep an open mind to avoid missing out on great opportunities.


Do you need to move to celebrate the changes that are happening in your life? Let me serve you in helping you make the move to the place or home that reflects where you are in life’s journey! I will listen to your needs and use my knowledge and expertise to make this a smooth transition to the right place for you to call home in Calgary. Contact me at 403-708-5873, ajames16@gmail.com, or www.allisonjames.com and let’s get on with your journey!


About Allison James

Allison James has been a realtor® since 1999 with Century 21 Bamber Realty Ltd. in the changing Calgary real estate market. A Century 21 Centurion Award 2007 recipient and a member of CREA and AREA, she specializes in residential real estate and has her designations as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist and a Certified Condominium Specialist. These designations testify that she has the expertise and resources to help her clients make a smooth transition to the next step in their life journey. She enjoys helping her clients as they move through many of the same stages of life that she, too, has experienced. The fact that the majority of her business comes from past clients and/or referrals from satisfied clients speaks volumes about her dedication to the high quality of service that she offers her clients to meet their Calgary and surrounding area real estate needs. She is a mother of four who are all on their own now, and a grandmother of eight. Besides helping people buy or sell real estate, she loves spending time with her family, being active outdoors, traveling and meeting new people, photography, playing the drums, reading, scuba diving, listening to music, learning new things, and nurturing her spiritual growth.

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Allison James

Allison James

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CENTURY 21 Bamber Realty Ltd.
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