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If you’ve never purchased a house before, you may have no idea where to begin when preparing to become a homeowner. You may be on the fence about buying, or you may feel like you are ready to buy a home today. Either way, these tips can help anyone feel a little more prepared for their first home purchase!


It is easy to begin scrolling through beautiful homes on the market without considering your budget. Sale postings can be all over your social media feeds, tempting you to just take a peek. While looking can be fun and exciting, you should prepare financially before you start eyeing any homes. It is much better to know what your price range is so you don’t fall in love with a house you just can’t afford (for now!)


While you need to be realistic and recognize that you likely are not going to find a home with every single thing you wish to have in a house, making a list of the things that are a priority for you (room count, big backyard, master walk-in closet, etc.) will help you to make sure you’re only looking at houses that will fit your wants and needs.


It is easy to fall in love with a home after seeing the listing photos. These perfectly lit, well-staged photos show off houses in their best light, but that doesn’t mean you are getting the whole story. Listing photos are a great place to start, as they will help you to narrow down your options. Unfortunately, there are home traits that may not be portrayed well in photos, whether it be low ceilings, a drafty build, or anything in between.  Once you’ve made a short list of the homes that appear to be a fit for you, always do a home tour


If you walk into a house and it feels like home, trust your gut. There is no better way to know if you should buy a home than seeing how you feel when you walk through the front door. Your home purchase will probably be one of, if not the largest, purchase you’ve made in your life so far. Pictures can only do so much, and nothing can help you decide whether or not a house is made for you better than getting inside it!


Do you get upset at the thought of losing the house you just toured to someone else? Does it already feel like home when you are inside? These are two signs that you have found the home for you! If you see a home and are ready to stop looking at others, you are one step closer to buying a home you will love.


Finding a great real estate agent is going to be the part that ties everything together. A quality agent will help you find homes within your budget that possess your must-have items and they’ll offer you guidance through every step of the process. 

If you’re looking for a real estate agent to help you find and buy your first dream home, call me today!!

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It's a Buyer's Market in Calgary & Surrounding Areas!

If you are a qualified buyer in one of these communities, Re/Max Advocates will give you $1000 Cash Back when you use us to represent you in your purchase! 

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*Offer is available to clients who enter into a buyer brokerage agreement before June 30, 2019 and cannot be combined with any other offer. Cash Back amount is based on 3.5% of first $100,000 +1.5% of balance of sale price being offered by selling party. Cash Back will be paid to the buyer within 30 days of transaction closing. 

*Not intended to solicit individuals currently under contract with a brokerage

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At RE/MAX Advocates we understand that expenses can add up in your first year in a new home. For this reason our Re/Max office is including a 1 year Home Warranty with your purchase!

It is a buyer's market!

Give me a call to get your search started and buy your home with peace of mind! 403-680-0453 | info@amandabeattie.com

This offer is available to clients that enter into a buyer brokerage agreement before June 30, 2019.

About the Buyer’s Protection Offer

Buy a home with us & we will provide you with a Home Warranty that will cover most home repairs for the first year!

Here are some of the details of what you can expect to be included:

In-Home Systems (subject to a $500 deductible):

Electrical generation and distribution systems
Heating and cooling systems (furnace, air conditioner and in-floor heating)
Water heater
Alarm system
Sump pump
Solar panels

Service Lines (subject to a $1,000 deductible):

Exterior water, sewer and electrical service lines

Bonus offer: Major Appliances (subject to a $75 deductible):

If major appliances in the home are 10 years old or less, we will include them in the coverage for FREE

Central Vacuum
Option to add additional items for $50 each

Sub Limits:

Home appliances limited up to $4,000 per home appliance;
For all home appliances between the ages of 6 to 10 years old, in the event where BUHW deems an appliance to be not cost-effective to repair, at its sole discretion, a cash settlement or store credit at an approved supplier will be limited to $400 per home appliance;
Please note, there is NO coverage available for appliances over 10 years old.

Aggregate coverage up to 15,000 for the term, with a maximum sub-limit of $10,000 for service line coverage.
Note: There is a 30-day waiting period after the plan takes effect. This is to ensure all mechanical devices are functioning properly

Covered Losses:

An underground sewer line ruptured from apparent tree root damage: Total loss $10,000

An Air Conditioning system working in an overheated operating condition fails electrically and had to be replaced: Cost $5,101.

A main electrical panel’s breaker fails to trip as designed overheating wiring, switches and appliances which had to be replaced along with the circuit: $13,992.

The electronic control panel in a fridge malfunctions and is not repairable: Replace fridge: $3995.

We are a Canadian company backed by Canadian Insurers!




Q. When can the program’s services start?  A. 30 days after the plan takes effect.

Q. Is a home inspection required in order to qualify?  A. No inspection is required.

Q. Can this program be applied to condominiums?  A. Yes, condominiums qualify if the appliances & systems are owned.

Q. Who pays for the repairs?  A.  Blanket Universal Home Warranty pays for the eligible repair/replacement service for you. You only pay for the applicable deductible.

Q. What losses are not covered?  A. Items with known latent defects such as rust or corrosion, misuse or neglect, cosmetic wear, improper maintenance, external factors such as fire, vandalism, theft, flood and sewer backup, and resulting property damage.

Q. How do I apply?  A. Online at buhw.ca and go to apply to complete our application

Q. How do I file a claim?  A. Call toll free 1.855.587.4792


New home warranties specifically exclude appliance coverage, even under the builders first year obligations (Alberta only).

Many new home warranties only cover 1-2 years only, with no option to renew.

Unexpected breakdowns and repairs can cost homeowners thousands of dollars.

Most homeowners do not have funds set aside for unexpected repairs.

A stand alone warranty for one appliance or service line alone can cost $250 or more.

You own the exterior service lines from the home to the municipal line. Damage to these lines are not covered under a standard homeowner’s policy.

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