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Even though Lindsay Thompson and Dan Wallace had spent almost four years saving for their 10 down payment taking advantage of their employers long-term incentives and the federal governments Home Buyers Plan for rst-time homeowners they were a little nervous about entering Calgarys condo market. Between open houses and online listings would it be possible to buy their rst home without hiring a real estate agent Maybe but both Lindsay and Dan say that hiring a pro was the right decision. Heres why. EXPERTISE We had spent time researching online before approaching Darcy Brown a REALTOR with REMAX iREALTY INNOVATIONS. But he took everything to the next level says Lindsay. He immediately realized what we both wanted in a home and he was able to add important insight into each listing we had researched and also recommend others we had missed. We went from just looking at pictures of listings to doing full walk-throughs in no time. The new homeowners also say that the unappable personality of their REALTOR put them at ease during crucial times in their search. TRUST Dans mom and sister each had a great experience working with Darcy says Lindsay. That made the couples condence in their REALTOR immediate. When searching for a real estate pro be sure to ask your friends family or professional circle for recommendations. Its the best way to nd a REALTOR or sales agent you trust. RESULTS As rst-time homebuyers we were a little nervous says Dan. But Darcy quickly put our minds at ease. There were stressful moments for us throughout the process but having an experienced REALTOR who knew the ropes was a calming presence. We were constantly impressed at how our REALTOR always had a plan no matter what situation developed and he clearly explained what the next steps were. The couple have now been living in their condo for over a year and are condent they made the right choice. During the next few years create equity in your micro-loft and then when youre ready to move on to something bigger hold on to it and rent it. Having this diversity in your investment portfolio adds much security down the road. WHY WE CHOSE A REAL ESTATE PRO CONDO LIST PRICE 319900 This two-bedroom two-bath end unit on the top oor of a low-rise feels bright and spacious thanks to an open-concept oor plan vaulted ceiling and large windows that overlook Pearce Estate Park in the Inglewood neighbourhood. At 890 square feet the home features a breakfast bar and gas replace. The balcony has a gas barbecue hookup. Includes storage and heated parking plus the buildings gym recreation room and Internet. Listing agent Tim Olynik REALTOR and Foat and Associates REALTOR Century 21 Summit Realty Home may no longer be available but was for sale as of press time and is used to illustrate variety in the local real estate market. Images are representational only. WHAT 320000 BUYS IN CALGARY GENWORTH CANADA SPRINGSUMMER 2016 9