Calgary Realtor - Karen Patterson

“Karen worked so hard to sell my home in Auburn Bay... even negotiated the deal while I was away in the States. Appreciate her communication, dedication and hard work!”  -Audra Zawada

Cell: 403-370-6442

Office: 403-259-4141



"I still think buying a home is the best investment

any individual can make"

- John Poulson, British Architect 1910-1993 


The home buying process is both exciting and overwhelming, and is not without a multitude of considerations: How do I interpret and understand the current market conditions? Will I find the right property? Should I request a home inspection? What happens during closing and what will that cost be? These are just some of the questions and decisions a property buyer will face when entering the property market.


However, buying a home with the help of a professional, full time REALTOR® can - and does - make perfect sense.


The Process of Buying a Home

Most arguably, the start of the home buying process is knowing how much you can afford. The clearest and most accurate way of doing this is to become pre-qualified for a mortgage through your bank or a trustworthy mortgage broker. This critical first step will not only save you a lot of time and energy, but will allow you to focus specifically on the properties that are within your financial capacity.


Once you are pre-qualified, it is time to look at homes. Based on your search criteria, I will locate some properties that fit the needs and desires of you and your family, schedule showings and accompany you to view them. During this process, I will make sure that we are constantly fine tuning a ‘short list’ of your top three properties, with the end goal in mind of finding you the ‘best fit property’.


Hiring a REALTOR®

It doesn’t matter if you are a personal home buyer or a seasoned property investor, it is very advantageous to have a professional on-hand who has expert knowledge about the market and the home buying process. As one who is familiar with the area, I am eager to assist you in finding a property that is within your price range, your ideal location, and that meets the requirements of you and your family. Furthermore, as an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®), I have an additional skill and knowledge set that greatly assists us in the home finding process.


For you to be able to consider all the facts before making a purchase decision, I will take you to investigate nearby communities while accompanying you on property tours, pointing out the pros and cons of each one. This process will ensure you are ready to make an offer. Once you have decided to purchase a property, I will draft an offer to purchase that takes into consideration important conditions, such as financing, home inspection, and anything else that you require. I will also look at similar properties that have sold in the area that are like the one you want to purchase, and so this comparative market analysis will help determine an appropriate price to offer.


I negotiate the terms of the offer on your behalf. With the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) designation under my belt, I work tirelessly to assist you during this critical part of the buying process and ensure that you get the home you desire for the best possible price. Knowledge is not only power, but it is where I add value as your trusted REALTOR®.


As soon as your offer to purchase has been accepted, I will put you in touch with reputable industry professionals who can make your purchase easier. For instance, home inspectors, lawyers and moving companies are just a few of the many services also involved in a home purchase.


Moving you forward … next steps

If you have decided to buy your next home with a REALTOR®, then feel free to contact me directly and we can arrange to meet for a home buyer consultation. Remember that the best part of working with a REALTOR® as your buyers’ agent is that commissions are paid by the seller, so my services will not cost you a single cent. 


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"My job is not just to sell your property ... my job is to get you a premium price for your property"

- Ellen Ming, top Real Estate Agent in Auckland, New Zealand 

Home Selling Guide


Selling a home is considered one of the most stressful events in one’s life, especially for those who decide to sell on their own.  It can be a very intimidating process, to be sure, and recalls many key questions, such as whether to use a REALTOR® or not, what the home will sell for, and whether you can sell before buying your next home.


The actual selling process can be very overwhelming, as behind a ‘For Sale’ sign is a plethora of other considerations, such as: what contracts should you use? How to prepare for the home inspection? How do open houses work? How to market the home to sell? How to deal with buyers and other real estate agents? The task of selling is even more amplified in market conditions that do not favor the seller, such as a buyer’s market. Hence, working with a Seller Representative Specialist (SRS®) designated REALTOR® makes this process much easier, and in the end, will save you time and increase your chances of getting the best price possible for your property.


Working with a REALTOR®

Many home owners attempt to sell their home on their own and not use the services of a REALTOR®. Not only is this a lot of extra work, but can be very stressful and result in a negative experience. Consider it akin to trying to diagnosis and treat your own illness without the professional assistance of a doctor or nurse. Of course, you want the best advice and skill to ensure you are properly diagnosed and medicated, as needed. To this end, I am your partner in the real estate process, moving you forward every step of the way from setting the best price, marketing the home, and negotiating with buyers.


Furthermore, as a licensed REALTOR® in Canada, I have fiduciary duties to all real estate clients and must adhere to the CREA Code of Ethics:

  • Obedience
  • Loyalty
  • Disclosure
  • Confidentiality
  • Accounting
  • Reasonable Care and Skill

Deciding the Listing Price

Setting the right price for your property is the most critical step in selling your home. There are several other homes for sale on the market competing with your home. I will help you price your home competitively to attract qualified buyers. With a view to price your home right, I will need to compare your property to similar properties nearby that have recently sold. This data is pulled directly from the local MLS® System and is used to create a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) report. I’ll also need to take in to account any major renovations, distinguishing features, any repairs that will need to be done prior to selling, how much you need from the sale to make a profit, break even, or buy your next property. You can complete my online form to get a feel for your home's market value.


Traditional and Non-Traditional Methods to Marketing Your Home

With a listing price decided, I will begin aggressively marketing your home to sell. Several traditional marketing methods are tried and true, such as:

  • Lawn sign
  • Open houses
  • MLS® System
  • and other reputable websites (such as mine)

With the increase in popularity of social media as an outlet for buyers shopping online, I will post your home on my social media sites, such as:

  • Facebook - mine and other real estate related pages
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Instagram

Sale Negotiation

A buyer who is interested in purchasing your property will contact their REALTOR®, who will contact me to send in an Offer to Purchase. The negotiation process begins at that point, where I will be working on your behalf to negotiate the purchase offer: final sale price, possession date, home inspection, financing, and if there is a sale of buyer’s home condition. With the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE®) designation under my belt, I work tirelessly to assist you during this critical part of the selling process and ensure that you get the highest possible price for your home in the shortest period. Knowledge is not only power, but it is where I add value as your trusted REALTOR®.


Moving you forward … the next steps!

Once you’ve decided to hire a REALTOR® to sell your property, feel free to contact me directly to arrange a pre-listing meeting.


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"Fill a house with love and it becomes a home" - Anonymous 

Sales stats for November are in, as calculated and made available to real estate professionals and the public by the Calgary Real Estate Board. As October was a bit of an anomaly with the change in the mortgage lending requirements, November has returned to what we can refer to as ‘normal’ for 2016.

Key points for November include, but not limited to:

-          October proved itself to be an anomaly, not a trend

-          Overwhelming differences in expectations between buyers and sellers

-          Sales and volumes are down around the city

-          Apartment style showed larger price drop than detached

One of the move observable characteristics for the year of 2016 has been that the entire market is quite segmented in that there is not a lot of unity across price point, style and location across the board. For instance, there might be pockets of a seller’s market in a community for detached around the $500 000 price point, whereas another district with detached at a similar price point can show a full-on buyer’s market. Very interesting.

Best source of housing stats and information is from your CREB member, such as your realtor®.

For more information, please contact

Thank you for your time and attention! Stay warm out there.


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