03 Jan Guide to purchasing a house in Calgary
Thinking about entering the market? This could be the idea time to become a homeowner and a townhouse is a good option. Here is a guide on things to consider before you buy a townhouse.
From a broad perspective, Calgary is a great place to invest. It has been declared one of the most livable places in the world by The Economist magazine, and one of the cleanest places in the world. Alberta’s vast energy resources and Calgary’s growing list of head offices continue to yield one of the lowest unemployment rates at 2.2 percent. In short, there are plenty of reason’s to buy. First thing to remember, therefore, is to be objective about your purchase and to be clear on what you are looking for in an ideal place to live.
Townhouses in Calgary can be found in suburban and downtown markets and are less expensive than single family homes. They are often more spacious than duplex properties. They are, however, smaller than detached houses and cheaper too. Many Canadian single family homes tend to move to townhouses for the same reason. It is worth putting detached, semi-detached and duplexs on your list as well as looking at townhouses.
Once you have gotten in touch with an estate agent, get them to tell you about all areas where there are townhouses so that you can even out your search across different regions. Townhouses change in style depending on area, and it is worth taking in different styles and neighbourhoods to be clearer about what fits your tastes. Townhouses which encompass views of the wonderful surrounding landscape tend to be a bit pricier, but ask to see them anyway so your not missing out on anything.
It might also be that you are attracted to Calgary’s outdoor living. Some areas, of course, have better access to resorts and paths than others. Buy a guide on the best that the outdoors offers, including treks and other services for novices. To add, most townhouses are relatively shielded from the windy climate. Although it is sunny for the most part, Calgary’s Chinooks can also deliver some very windy days. Finding a location that shields you from the wind can make for a more enjoyable afternoon on your patio.
Lastly, remember that townhouses are a variant of condominiums. Understanding the difference will save time in looking at houses that might not even be townhouses. Be clear in your mind about what they look like and where they should be situated so that you don’t end up buying a different type of condo, or anything else for that matter!