Should Calgary Homebuyers use Zillow?

Many townhouses, detached homes, and luxury properties are posted around the city every single day and being able to see them all in one spot makes it feel simple to figure out what you like and can afford. If you're ready to take a break from online searching and explore properties in person over the weekend, visiting open houses in Calgary through Zillow is becoming a popular option for prospective home buyers, but what are some of the things you need to know first?

What’s the catch with Zillow?


It's simple to understand why over 95% of house buyers turn to the internet when they're ready to start looking for their ideal home. Buyers may browse townhouses, single-family homes, condominiums, and luxury real estate all around Calgary from their computer or phone. It's simple to get a decent sense of which houses one would like to view in person with images to browse through and data such as year constructed, price, square footage, and the number of bathrooms clearly mentioned.

Many of these new services offer shortcuts around the traditional practice of using a realtor for the home buying process. Many people think they can maneuver the mountain of paperwork, hurdles, legalities, and challenges that a realtor will take care of for you, and a qualified real estate agent removes these challenges altogether.

We have seen a lot of clients who have reverted to using our services after trying to privately buy or sell a home.


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Average Real Estate Prices in Calgary

In June 2021, the average price of a house in Calgary was $499,111. It is currently 7.3 percent more expensive than it was in the same month of 2020, when the aggregate price of single-family, condos, and attached homes was $460,099. Having an expert at hand who can help assess market factors and trends often pays for itself. Zillow and alternatives to the traditional real estate approach are great tools for browsing, but we highly recommend choosing an experienced realtor when it comes time to make a move.

How Long Does It Take to Sell a House in Calgary?

In June 2021, the average number of days a property was on the market was 34. The typical MLS® listing in Calgary sold in 55 days in the same month of 2020. This number represents all listings on the Calgary MLS® System, including condominiums, apartments, townhouses, and single-family and attached homes located within the city borders of Calgary. What we have found over the years is that private sellers often struggle with marketing, showings, and the overall selling process. Realtors constantly achieve faster sell times than private sellers.

Number of Homes Sold in Calgary

In Calgary, there were 2,915 houses sold in the previous month. When compared to May's statistics of 2,989 sold units, or a 2.5 percent drop, it reflects a seasonal pattern. The number of sold units grew by 65.3 percent on a year-over-year basis.


Not only does using a realtor equip you with a variety of strategies, marketing, and information to make sure your transaction is fast and efficient, but many of these newer websites that seemingly offer efficient and trustworthy private sales can carry a substantial amount of risk.



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