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  1. Figure out how much you can afford to spend on a home, including mortgage payments, property taxes, and insurance.

  2. This will give you an idea of how much you can borrow and help you narrow down your search for a home.

  3. A good agent can help you find the right home, negotiate the price, and guide you through the buying process.

  4. Consider factors such as proximity to work, schools, and amenities, as well as the overall safety and desirability of the neighborhood.

  5. Before closing the deal, have a professional inspector examine the property to ensure there are no major issues that could cost you later on.

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Your credit score is a three-digit number that represents your creditworthiness. It is calculated based on your credit history and financial behavior. A higher credit score indicates that you are more likely to repay your debts on time, while a lower credit score suggests that you may be a higher risk borrower. In Canada, credit scores range from 300 to 900, with a score of 650 or higher considered to be good.

Your credit score is important because it affects your ability to get approved for credit, such as a credit card or loan, and the terms and interest rates that you are offered. It also impacts other areas of your life, such as renting an apartment, getting a job, and even setting up utilities.

When applying for credit, lenders will…

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down payment on a house

When you’re in the market for a new home, one of the most important questions you’ll need to answer is how much you can afford to put down as a down payment. In Canada, the amount of a down payment can vary greatly depending on the type of home you’re buying, the size of the mortgage you take out, and other factors. Knowing how much is required for the down payment on a house can help determine if you’re financially prepared for the purchase.

How Much You Need for a Down Payment on a Home?

  • Down payment vs. deposit
  • Calculating your minimum down payment
  • Saving for a down payment

Saving for a down payment has become challenging for many Canadians. Rising housing prices are putting some homebuyers in a tough…

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The real estate industry can be both exciting and intimidating for prospective buyers and sellers. With constantly changing market trends and regulations, it is important to stay well informed and prepared. Whether you’re looking to buy your first home or sell your current property, this article will provide valuable insights and tips to help you navigate the real estate industry with confidence.

Current Market Trends

According to the recent market data, the real estate industry is experiencing a surge in demand for single-family homes and a shortage of inventory. This has led to increased competition among buyers and rising prices in many markets. On the other hand, sellers are enjoying the benefits of sellers market, with properties often selling…

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If you're planning to buy a home, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is an important step to take. Not only will it give you a clear idea of how much house you can afford, but it can also help you make a stronger offer when you find the perfect property. Here are some things to consider in order to get pre-approved for a mortgage.

Check your credit score

Before you apply for a mortgage, it's important to know your credit score. This will help you determine if you're likely to be approved for a mortgage and what interest rate you can expect. You can check your credit score for free through websites like Equifax® Canada or TransUnion®.

Gather your documents

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you'll need to provide documentation that…

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As a first-time homebuyer, navigating the Canadian real estate market can be a daunting task. With fluctuating interest rates and housing prices, it’s essential to do your research and be prepared before making any significant investments. Here’s a guide to help you buy your first home in today’s market.

Determine your budget

Before you start looking for a home, it’s crucial to establish your budget. You should consider your income, debts, and other monthly expenses when determining how much you can afford to spend on a home. Experts suggest that your monthly mortgage payment should not exceed 30% of your income.

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Save for a down payment

Typically, you need a down payment of at least 5% of the…

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It’s looking like we’re going to be seeing similar real estate trends in 2023 compared to last year.

Following a year defined by market highs and lows, experts are forecasting a gradual return to a more balanced market towards the end of 2023. However, with inflation remaining more or less unchanged at the tail-end of 2022, last year’s trend of diminished purchasing power seems likely to persist.

As for what that means for mortgage lending, Shaun Cathcart, Senior Economist at the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), predicts primary-based mortgage payments will continue to rise dramatically until the Bank of Canada (BoC) reaches its terminal rate. 

Variable rate mortgages will hit their ‘trigger rate’

“The ‘terminal rate’ as it’s…

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Buying your first home is a major life milestone and possibly one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, both from a financial and long-term commitment perspective. And while being ready for every possible outcome isn’t possible (not to mention unrealistic!) it is possible to prepare for potential pitfalls you may run into during the home buying process. From identifying and making the most out of saving opportunities, to explaining how working outside of your budget will cost you in the long run, here are some common pitfalls first-time buyers tend to experience, and how two REALTORS® recommend avoiding them. 

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1. Attempting to manage without professional assistance 

For Regan O’Rourke, a…

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Purchasing a home can be confusing with all the different terms and requirements. Two steps involved in the mortgage process are pre-qualification and pre-approval. But what’s the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved?

Prospective homebuyers should consider getting pre-qualification at the onset of their home-buying process. It allows them to consider their budget and gain insight into their mortgage options.

Prospective homebuyers should consider getting pre-approval when they are more involved in the home-buying process, ideally within three months of the expected purchase date of their new home. It allows them to understand their financial position better and narrow their options.

Being Pre-Qualified

Getting…

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Buying a House on a Single Income

Through the 21st century, the number of Canadians buying a home on a single income is steadily growing as more remain unmarried. Since single mortgage applicants rely on only one salary and one credit profile, it can be trickier to obtain a mortgage. However, there are many instances in which buying a house on a single income is the best thing to do, and it is possible to get a mortgage if you plan ahead and ensure that you are in a good financial position.

When Buying a House on a Single Income Makes Sense

There is no “right” time to buy a house, and it can be even more nerve-wracking to purchase a home on a single income. However, there are times when buying a place on a single income does make sense.

If you are…

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