Real Estate Blog for Buyers & Sellers

Category: Home Buyer Info (26 posts)

  • March 20, 2019
  • Karen Stanko

Buying a Home in a Down Market

Buying a Home in a Down Market  Right now Alberta real estate market is in the middle of a down market, it is normal to wonder if you should wait to buy a home. Everybody wants to know how to be

  • December 12, 2018
  • Karen Stanko

Buying Your First Home: When Are You REALLY Ready?

Purchasing your first home is the dream of a lifetime and a massive investment toward your future. The process is full of hopes and aspirations but is also a huge commitment to take on. For those who

  • October 24, 2018
  • Karen Stanko

Real Estate: Four Features of Profitable Rental Property

Investing in real estate can be a frightening task for a first-time buyer. While the rewards can be huge, there are also a number of risks that you will need to consider. However, if you know what to

  • October 10, 2018
  • Karen Stanko

Five Surefire Ways to Ensure You are ready to Buy a Home as a Recent College Graduate

If you are a recent college graduate, you might think that buying a home is still many years off, but that's not necessarily the case. If you dream of homeownership, even as a young adult, there may b

  • June 13, 2018
  • Karen Stanko

Things to Consider Before Moving Into an Over-55 Community

Many people, as they approach retirement age and the kids are gone, begin thinking about downsizing. One of the more popular choices for reduction is moving to one of the over-55 communities that ar

  • May 23, 2018
  • Karen Stanko

How to Know If You Should Buy a Home or Continue Renting

While owning a home and a plot of land was once part of the 'American Dream' for many people, the times have shifted. The global financial crisis which resulted in a massive shift in the housing marke

  • May 9, 2018
  • Karen Stanko

Great Buy on a Home? - Don't Expect the Appraisal to Prove It

Buying a home can be fun and exciting, especially when you drive a hard bargain and get that seller over a barrel.  You did your research, caught a home with higher than average days on the marke

  • March 28, 2018
  • Karen Stanko

Five Things to Consider Before Flipping a House

House flipping can be a tempting way to make fast money, but not every fixer-upper has the potential to be profitable. Here's five things to consider before buying a property to flip. 1. Time Tele

  • March 14, 2018
  • Karen Stanko

Thinking of Buying a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions First

Many people simply assume that buying a home is always better than renting, but that is not always the case. Owning a home makes sense in certain circumstances, just as renting is a smart move in othe

  • December 13, 2017
  • Karen Stanko

What to Look for When Buying Your First Home

Buying a first home is an exciting time in an individual's life. You may already have a family that needs more than simply being a good structure to protect against them against the elements. In addit

  • October 24, 2017
  • Karen Stanko

Buying Your First Home? Be Prepared for These 5 Startup Expenses

If you are in the market for your first home, you’ve probably saved a substantial amount of money for the down payment. You researched closing costs, sought out the best deal on a mortgage, and

  • August 23, 2017
  • Karen Stanko

10 Mistakes First-Time Homebuyers Make

Buying your first house can be an exciting and stressful time. There are so many things to consider that you can find yourself getting overwhelmed. Here are some common mistakes first-time homebuyers

  • July 26, 2017
  • Karen Stanko

Five Things First Time Home Buyers Should Do Before They Go Shopping

Shopping for your first home is exciting, and it is only natural to want to get right to it. The idea of trading in that monthly rent check for a mortgage payment that builds equity and wealth for the

  • June 28, 2017
  • Karen Stanko

4 Things You Need To Know When Buying A Vacation Home

Everyone looks forward to a vacation, and many people return to their favorite spot each year. If you really enjoy your annual destination, you might be ready to invest in a vacation home. There are m

  • May 10, 2017
  • Karen Stanko

Home Buying 101 - Why the Relationship with Your Broker Should Be a Positive Partnership

Whether you are looking for your first home or moving up to the home of your dreams, having an experienced real estate broker or agent in your corner is a must. Real estate is a very specialized indus

  • December 14, 2016
  • Karen Stanko

Going Away for the Holidays? Protect Your Home against Burglars!

Burglars look for opportune moments to enter homes in search of valuables, and they don't take breaks for the holidays. In fact, many burglaries take place during the holidays, especially when people

  • October 26, 2016
  • Karen Stanko

5 Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property

Investing in a rental property is a great step toward earning passive income and building wealth. Unfortunately, becoming a landlord for the first time can also be challenging and lead to a financial

  • September 28, 2016
  • Karen Stanko

7 Tips for Buying a Condominium

There are many advantages to living in a condominium. You aren't required to mow the grass or shovel the snow (if any). You have access to amenities such as pools and fitness centers. And you probably

  • August 10, 2016
  • Karen Stanko

Tips to Ease the Moving Process

Moving can be a stressful process, no matter how far you are traveling. Planning your move minimizes the stress associated with this task while also simplifying the process. Here are several tips that

  • July 27, 2016
  • Karen Stanko

Rent or Buy? 3 Tips to Help You Decide

The decision to buy or rent a home in is one that should not be taken lightly. After all, the choice you make is going to affect you for at least a year and probably much longer than that. While this

  • April 27, 2016
  • Karen Stanko

Thinking of Buying a Home? Ask Yourself These Questions

Many people simply assume that buying a home is always better than renting, but that is not always the case. Owning a home makes sense in certain circumstances, just as renting is a smart move in othe

  • March 10, 2014
  • Karen Stanko


Many experts are predicting the trend of lower than normal rates to continue through the summer. So for those looking to buy a new home this is an excellent time for getting pre-approved. You can ge

  • January 12, 2014
  • Karen Stanko

Edmonton Real Estate – Looking back and Looking forward

This past week the Realtors Association of Edmonton released their forecast for 2014. Here are some of the highlights from 2013 and what to expect in the year to come.   2013 The averag

  • December 29, 2013
  • Karen Stanko

Neighborhood Spotlight – Highlands/Bellvue

NEIGHBOURHOOD SPOTLIGHT – The Highlands/Bellvue area is a magnificent neighbourhood of large lots, beautiful homes, big trees and stunning river valley views – all within a

  • December 3, 2013
  • Karen Stanko

Things You need to Know Before Buying A Home or Condo in Edmonton

Buying a new home is both exciting and stressful. Whether it is a large home, a townhouse or a one bedroom condo in Edmonton, there are some things you should know before making one of the largest pur

  • July 31, 2012
  • Karen Stanko

Come Look at Strathcona’s Newest Project – STRATHCONA SQUARE II

Strathcona Square II – Boutique Project Why Buy in Old Strathcona?  The wait is finally over Strathcona Square II is finally ready for you to move into… you are invited to come view