Buying Real Estate in Edmonton

08/3/10 5:22 PM

real estate buyers in Edmonton

I love working with buyers. The hunt to find the right property can be a really fun experience! Before getting started, I like reviewing the process in detail, so we are both on the same page. This will be useful if you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned pro, because it allows me to show you what it’s like to work with me, and it has been known to reduce stress and anxiety.* Besides, I have a Bachelor of Education degree, and this way I can say I am putting my education to good use.

Here are the 4 stages of the standard buying process:

  1. Buyer consultation

  2. The search

  3. The offer

  4. The move

Buyer consultation

  1. Fill out the buyer’s intake form below before we meet. Tell me about yourself, your present situation, and what sort of property you’d like.

  2. You meet with a mortgage professional and obtain a preapproval. This is about the only way to know what you can afford and needs to be in place prior to looking at listings and writing an offer.

  3. We meet for ice cream.

  4. We sign preliminary paperwork, including:

  • Consumer Relations Guide (explains my fiduciary obligations to you, the rules surrounding dual agency and your responsibilities. See the Real Estate Council of Alberta’s information for consumers for more information.
  • Exclusive Buyer Brokerage Agreement. Similar to a listing agreement, this document clarifies our relationship and how I plan on helping you with the purchase.
    More on why we sign buyer brokerage agreements here:

The search

  1. Based on the information in the buyer’s intake form, I craft a property search and send you property listings.

  2. You look through the properties and select your top picks.

  3. Before visiting them, you do a driveby to get a feel for the neighbourhood, location, look, etc.

  4. If they pass the drive-by test and your financing is in order, we start looking at properties. You choose the properties you want to see, and I set up the showings.

The offer

  1. Once we have chosen your favourite property, I will prepare the offer.

  2. We decide how much to offer based on market activity (is it a buyers’ or sellers’ market, are there competing offers, how long it has been for sale, etc) and sign the paperwork.

  3. We negotiate with the sellers until we have agreed upon the price, terms and conditions, and we are PENDING!

  4. You provide an initial deposit (which will form a portion of your down payment) which remains in a trust account.

  5. The mortgage broker completes your mortgage application.

  6. You get a property inspection.

  7. We remove conditions.

  8. You provide an additional deposit.

  9. The property is SOLD!

The move

  1. You pack your boxes.

  2. About a week before the move-in date, you meet with the lawyer to sign some more paperwork and bring a cheque for the rest of the down payment, the legal fee and property tax amount. Your lawyer will let you know how much to make the cheque out for.

  3. On possession day, once the money has been transferred and the lawyers give the go-ahead, the keys are released and I deliver them to you.

  4. You own a new property!

  5. You write a testimonial of your experience with me.

  6. You refer your friends to me.

  7. We eat more ice cream.

*no peer-reviewed study has actually been carried out to ascertain the veracity of this claim.

Any questions?

Let’s get started!

Online Buyer Consultation

Communication is key in any real estate transaction. The more I know about you, your ideas, and your expectations, the better I'll be able to help you out. This consultation covers the main aspects of the buying process and will allow us to learn from one another by sharing our experiences and concerns freely. Required fields will have a *, the rest are all optional.

Step 1 of 4

  • All about you

    Contact, family, and, work-related information.
  • Eg-referred by your REALTOR®, repeat client, etc.
  • I always like a reason to celebrate!
  • Tell me about your situation and why you're purchasing at this time.
  • I like photography, food, and travel. What do you do for fun?
  • If we haven't already, let's connect online!
  • Your favourite selfie or family photo.

Edmonton Area MLS Zone Map

Edmonton Area MLS Zone Map

Edmonton Rural MLS Zone Map

Edmonton Rural MLS Zone Map


Places I’ve sold real estate so far:

Latest Beard Blog Post

Beards on Ice 4! The Isle of Shelter Tour

Beards On Ice 2019, Jerry Aulenbach skating on the sand at accidental beach in front of the Edmonton Skyline

12/19/18 11:28 AM

CLICK TO DONATE NOW! After 3 years and 32 stops, I’m now pleased to announce Beards on Ice 4! The Isle of Shelter Tour! I’ll be adding another 10 skating events, and this time, I’m going international! While on vacation in Hawaii, I’ll be strapping on some inline skates and rollerblading

Posted by Jerry Aulenbach in Beard Blog | No Comments »

Latest Beard Blog Post

King of Donair comes to Edmonton!

King of Donair in Edmonton

05/25/18 1:31 PM

 Rarely in one’s lifetime does an event so monumental, so significant and memorable occur. Today, on the occasion of the grand opening of King of Donair in Edmonton (the first location outside the maritimes), just such an event took place. “What’s the big deal about another greasy donair shop?”

Posted by Jerry Aulenbach in Beard Blog | No Comments »

Latest Beard Blog Post

Beards on Ice 2017

Jerry Aulenbach Beards on Ice with zamboni at the Meadows Edmonton

12/24/16 3:43 PM

Beards on Ice 2017 Last year, I toured Canada, covering 9 cities in 6 provinces, skating at each stop with friends and family. It was a lot of fun, and above all, we raised $11000 for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, and more specifically, violence prevention programs for teens! I’m

Posted by Jerry Aulenbach in Beard Blog | 2 Comments »