How Much is a Down Payment on a House?

Monday Apr 11th, 2022

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So, how much is a down payment on a house, anyway? The purchasing process usually starts years before the actual purchase, because that’s how long it can take to save up for a down payment, depending on where you’re planning to buy a home, your income and expenses, and of course, the home price. In Canada, when the purchase price is $500,000 or less, the minimum down payment is 5%. For homes priced over $500,000, the minimum down payment is 5% for the first $500,000 and 10% for... [read more]

Renovations That Pay Off on the Resale Market

Thursday Mar 31st, 2022

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If you’re a home-buyer, owner or seller, you’re probably wondering how to maximize your investment. The answer depends on a number of factors, such as market conditions, your current circumstances and long-term goals, but there are some home renovations that pay off on the resale market, whether you’re looking to stay in the home or sell it. Renovations on the Rise in a Hot Housing Market In a seller’s market, there are more buyers than homes for... [read more]

The First-Time Homebuyer’s Guide to Securing a Mortgage

Tuesday Mar 29th, 2022

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Is the Canadian real estate market a mountain to climb? For a lot of young professionals who are first-time homebuyers, getting into the housing market can be a challenge, whether it’s saving up enough money for a down payment, finding the right home or securing a mortgage in order to buy it. From tighter mortgage lending standards to higher interest rates, there is a lot to learn for the current crop of first-time homebuyers, and we’re here to help with... [read more]

How to Use Your RRSP to Maximize Your Down Payment

Friday Mar 25th, 2022

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Saving a down payment for a house can be a daunting task. In this day and age, it can take years to save up enough money to afford a home, depending on various personal and economic factors. However, the Canadian government has created a Home Buyers’ Plan program, which allows first-time homebuyers to withdraw up to $35,000 from their Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to increase their down payment. If you’re buying with someone who also qualifies for the program, that... [read more]

Canadian Real Estate: Is Your Home Making More Than You Do?

Thursday Apr 22nd, 2021

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How hot is the Canadian real estate market right now? It is skyrocketing so much that the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is projecting that the housing market is poised to post record highs again this year. According to the association, more than 700,000 properties will change hands in 2021, up from 551,262 last year. The national average home price will surge by an annualised rate of 16.5 per cent to $665,000 this year. All this is because demand is exceeding... [read more]

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