Kerry Bostick Realty

Whether you are ready to buy now or are just starting to pay attention to the market, I can help you get started and will be with you all the way. Contact me to get you started on the search and taking steps to fulfilling your dreams.

Frequently Asked Questions

You may be filled with questions about what goes into buying a home or understanding terminology you may have heard from friends and family that have gone through the process. Below are some of the more common questions I hear.

  • Mortgage Insurance Premium – Applicable if you require a high-ratio mortgage (putting a down payment less than 20%) The lender may add the cost into your mortgage or ask for it to be paid in full upon closing
  • Deposit – Your offer must include a deposit amount that is held in trust for the sellers. This amount will be considered part of your down payment.
  • Down Payment – For a conventional mortgage you will require 20% of the purchase price to put down on the property. To purchase a home with less than 20%, an insured mortgage is required. Although there are “no down payment” options out there, most lenders require a minimum of 5% of the purchase price.
  • Home inspection fee – If you have made your offer conditional to home inspection you will be responsible to cover the cost of that service (usually ranging from $400-$600). If you require inspections for a Well or Septic System those are additional services that are an additional cost.
  • Property Insurance – Insurance will be required by your lender and proof of insurance must be provided to your lawyer prior to closing.
  • Legal fees and Disbursements – Many lawyers have a flat rate for this service. At the lawyers they will also handle and bill you for Estoppel Certificate fees, Land Registration fees, and any adjustments required for pre-paid property taxes.
  • Title insurance – If you choose to purchase title insurance it is a onetime fee that protects you for the entire duration that you own your home, from many of the risks associated with maintaining title.

All real estate commissions are negotiable in Alberta but, as a standard practice, are typically set by the seller of a property. The total commissions will be paid from the net proceeds of the sale to both the sellers agent and the buyers agent. In most cases a buyer will not be responsible for paying commissions out of pocket.

I strongly recommend you get pre-approved by a professional before you start looking at properties. If you need a referral, I am happy to point you to some great professionals!

There are many factors that affect your approval amount:

  • your income;
  • your credit history;
  • your debt;
  • the amount of cash you have available for your down payment; and
  • closing costs.

Yes. Do not make any new financial commitments without discussing them with your lender. They can have a big impact on your ability to be approved for a mortgage.

You may need to hire the services of the following professionals. If you require, I can provide you with some contact info. Home inspector, Lawyer, Mortgage Specialists

A Real Property Report (RPR) is a Surveyors report that shows the current state of improvements on the land. As per the standard purchase contract for Alberta it is required for the seller to provide an RPR to the buyer. If you have added a structure or fence to your property since you bought you may require an update to your Real Property Report.

If you are a first time home buyer you may utilize the RRSP Home Buyers Plan to withdraw up to $20,000 per person, tax-free.

The funds must be in the RRSP for 90 days or more before being withdrawn. The funds need to be repaid to the RRSP Beginning 60 days after the end of the second full calendar year following the withdrawal by means of equal annual payments over a 15 year period or sooner.

If 1/15th is not repaid each year, the unpaid amount is added to that years income and subject to tax.

Restrictions put in place by the developer of land that restrict how the owner uses the land, size of house, landscaping, etc.

An Easement gives an individual or corporation the right to the limited use of another’s land. An example is the limited right of way to utilities that are necessary for utility services such as water lines.

An encumbrance is a liability or claim against or limitation on real property. Encumbrances include liens, deed restrictions, easements, encroachments and licenses.

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Kerry Bostick

Real Estate Agent

A highly experienced real estate agent with an unwavering passion for helping individuals and families find their perfect home.