Buying a home

Buying a home is a big, and exciting, investment and it's important that you understand all the factors that go into this process before you start your house hunting journey.

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Choosing the right home Expand/Collapse

Now that you've decided to buy a home, it's time to consider the many financial and personal decisions to be made before making a formal offer.

The important thing is that you make the decision that's right for you. The property you eventually buy is more than just an investment - it's going to be your home, your own piece of the neighbourhood. So don't rush into it. Take the time to investigate all the options.

Let us help you with the many decisions ahead so that when you sign your name to an offer it's with the confidence that you've made the best choice possible.

Financial considerations Expand/Collapse

By looking at your current financial situation, you can determine the price range of homes available to you. You may want to consider applying for a pre-approved mortgage.

Pre-approval will not only define the price range of homes you can look at, but will also save you from having to make conditional purchase offers to potential vendors

Personal considerations Expand/Collapse

When looking at potential homes, take the time to consider all of the factors that are important to you. It may be a good idea to make a list of 'must haves' as well as a list of things that would be nice if they were available.

You'll need to consider the physical layout and soundness of the structure and the property itself, but also consider things like the location and the neighbourhood. Make sure to investigate whether municipal or regional authorities are planning changes to civic code, zoning or by-laws that may affect the value or nature of the property in the future.

You may find it helpful at this stage to have a real estate agent keep you informed about these and other factors that might influence your decision. In any case, remember to take your time when buying a home. It's better to wait a little longer for the home you want, rather than end up with a mortgage for a home you aren't truly happy with.

Finding a mortgage that works for you Expand/Collapse

By looking at your current financial situation, you can determine the price range of homes available to you. You may want to consider applying for a pre-approved mortgage. Pre-approval will not only define the price range of homes you can look at, but will also give you an advantage over competing purchasers when you make offers to vendors, since it shows you are taking things seriously enough to have looked into financing.

Which kind of mortgage is right for you? Whether to take a fixed rate or variable rate mortgage may depend on the stability of your income and your comfort level if interest rates start to rise.

You also need to bear in mind that if you have a down payment of less than 25% of the purchase price of the home, you will require a high-ratio mortgage. These mortgages have to be approved by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) or Genworth Corporation (formerly GE) and mortgage insurance is required.