Whether first time buyers, buyers new to our city or families making a local move, sometimes people start their home search looking at the features of a specific home without considering the neighbourhood and I always find that surprising.
At the end of the day, the most important factor for real estate values is location.
Location means a few things including:
1. The physical community or area in which a property is located.
2. The lot location relative to the area such as a home located beside a park vs one beside a parking lot or a home on a main street vs one on a cul-de-sac.
3. The location and orientation of a specific lot. Does the front of the house face north, south, east or west. Lot orientation, especially in Calgary, is very important to some people especially if they wish to have direct sunlight in specific rooms of the home or evening sunshine in their backyards or to have the sun melt the snow off the driveway.
Calgary is a large city and while pricing may limit options, it is worth taking the time to discover various neighbourhoods as you begin your home search. Whether schools, amenities, access to transportation or just a general vibe are what's important, your community is your home. There are pockets in the city whether home owners are passionate about their communities and you may love or hate the overall priorities. Going for a walk or drive to check out the scenery during the day, evening and weekend are worth the time as is a read through the community newsletter. Most are found online.
Not sure where to start? I'd be happy to meet with you to help align location, price and home.