Do your research
Gather as much information as you can online, in publications and by word of mouth about what is available in the market.
Consider your finances
Consult with your mortgage lender as soon as possible to define how much you can afford, understand your payment options, establish your down-payment and get pre-qualified or pre-approved for your mortgage.
Start this process using our Mortgage Calculator.
Review what is important to you
What you need and want in a home is unique. Create a list of features that are important to you. This list could include location, size (larger or smaller), design choices (such as standard selections and optional upgrades to flooring, paint, cabinets etc.), and functional choices (Is a home office required? How much storage do you need? Is the kitchen the most important part of your home?).
Visit sales centres, show homes and open houses you previously researched. Remember your list of what is important to you and review the literature provided.
Calculate the total cost of buying a home
Review the total purchase price of your condo and consider your additional costs, including but not limited to; applicable taxes, legal fees, moving costs, furnishings, optional features and upgrades.
Ongoing costs should also be considered, including but not limited to; property taxes, insurance, condo fees, cable, telephone and other applicable services.
Make your decision
Once you choose your new condo, you will be required to make a reservation. This reservation often require you to submit a cheque (not cashed until your firm contract) of a pre-determined amount to ensure no one else purchases your unit.
Be aware, your reservation does not guarantee the final purchase price. You will be provided with all the information you need to review before writing a firm contract.
Write a firm contract
When you make a reservation, you should also make an appointment to write a firm contract with your sales associate. If there are any terms, clauses, conditions or other information that is unclear, ask the sales associate to clarify before you sign the firm contract.
At this point, you are required to provide your down payment and mortgage approval.
Maintain communication with your builder
Your builder should provide you with regular updates of the construction and progress of your new condo. You will be contacted directly when you are required to make design selections and at least 35 days before your possession date.
Safety regulations do not allow access on the construction site to homebuyers. If you have any questions about your condo, contact your sales associate.
Move in and enjoy
Congratulations on your new condo! A quality control walk-though occurs before you take possession of your condo to ensure that any required touch-ups are noted and taken care of in a timely manner.
After this point, your primary contact is with the Warranty and Customer Service Representatives. A move-in date is scheduled and you are ready to enjoy your new condo.
Warranty and Customer Service Representatives are available to ensure your new condo is well maintained. Walk-throughs and regular service calls are scheduled in the first year. Keep important contact numbers and documentation easily accessible.
Review and understand the warranty programs applicable to your new condo.
“As a first time home buyer here in the city of Calgary, I was very preoccupied with finding the right home for me. The competent, calm, and knowledgeable staff at StreetSide assured me that there were several solutions and options for my concerns. It was a pleasure dealing with them. Regardless of your future plans here in Calgary, you owe it to yourself to speak to Patricia. Her no pressure approach to life and home ownership is delightful and a welcome change. Take a moment to speak to her. It will be a delight.”
“Everyone was very friendly and professional. With a 7 month old baby it is challenging to do anything but this purchase was the easiest thing we had done in a long time. Joel also went above and beyond ensuring that was were completely satisfied with the build. Dave the warranty guy has been exceptionally helpful and quick to response. Debbie is fantastic. They were not kidding when they said she knows everything. Her response time is exemplary. The house itself is everything we wanted.”
“I just want to say that dealing with Darcey Robertson and Linda MacQuarrie when we bought our townhome in Silverado was a pleasure. They were quick to answer our questions and alleviate any concerns we had. Thank you for making our move easy. Silverado is a great community with everything you need only a short distance away. I would highly recommend Streetside and the community of Silverado.”
“It is my good fortune that every event / interaction on this journey has been a positive, respectful and personable experience. The integrity and competence of Donna and Ellie are obvious and I have learned that Streetside genuinely cares: I matter... They care... a perfect combination which I greatly appreciate.”
“The on site super, Rob Collins, was very helpful. He has been very accommodating. The whole StreetSide experience has been very enjoyable.”
“Dealing with Donna and Ellie and Richard were very positive interactions and we felt they were extremely fair and knowledgeable.”
“I just can't say enough about Darcey Robertson! Linda MacQuarrie came along later and was a pleasure to deal with too, however, I felt Darcey was the main salesperson for my deal at Hunter House and I truly appreciated her efforts. (Also,) I would like to tell you that your partners in this case were just as much a pleasure to deal with as the StreetSide employees.”
“Jared and Bruce were amazing to deal with. They are very professional. If I have any questions, I know Jared is just a text away.”
“We liked that the townhomes were a decent size – we wanted to downsize but not to the level of a starter home. Hunter House feels very comfortable. We also didn’t want to be in a huge development – and again, Hunter House is just the right size”
“(Donna and Ellie) were professional and easy to talk to. They had a lot of knowledge about the community and the building. They guided me through everything to make the process easy.”
“Dealing with (Darcey and Linda) has been a very pleasant experience. Very organized and efficient.”
“Very professional, good answers to all questions and great customer relations.”
“They were great to deal with. We love our home and their warranty department was exceptional!”