Canada’s housing market continues to rebound this fall from last winter’s chill. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) reported that benchmark prices rose 0.5% in September from August, and 1.3% year-over-year. The aggregate benchmark price for the 19 cities CREA tracks is now $629,200. The benchmark is the best metric we have for measuring “typical” […]Read more "Canadian Housing Market Rebounds in September"
Understand your housing options, choose your priorities and select your homebuying professionals. Think long term when buying a home. What kind of home do you need now? What will you need in 5 to 10 years? Consider: the location and neighbourhood the size of the property and home the type of home — for example, detached, […]Read more "Find the Right Home"
Are you financially ready to own a home? Look into these 5 calculations and questions before you meet with your broker or lender. Compare how much you currently spend on expenses and debt payments with the amount you have saved or invested. How much can you afford to spend on housing each month without risking your financial health? […]Read more "Are You Financially Ready to Own a Home?"
Buying a home is a big decision. Ask yourself 5 questions before you decide if you’re ready to own a home. Am I financially stable? Do I have the financial management skills and discipline to handle this large a purchase? Am I ready and able to take responsibility for all the costs that come with being a […]Read more "Decide if Homeownership is Right for You"
The government’s First-Time Home Buyer Incentive (FTHBI) comes into effect today. The program, aimed at making it easier for young people to buy their first home by lowering new buyers’ monthly mortgage payments. According to the program, which was introduced by the Liberals in their 2019 budget, the federal government will absorb five per cent […]Read more "Here’s what you need to know about the First-time Home Buyer Incentive"
Tens of Thousands of Empty Homes in Canadian Cities There’s an empty house problem in this country—1.34 million empty and temporarily occupied homes to be exact, with 66,000 in Toronto, 64,000 in Montreal and 25,000 in Vancouver. And the main culprits behind these high vacancy numbers are investor speculation and short-term rentals, according to a new […]Read more "The Latest in Mortgage News: Home Vacancy Rates Skyrocket"
Canada’s housing market is showing signs of coming out of stress-test slumber Canada’s housing market is showing signs of coming out of the slumber it had been in since mortgage stress tests were implemented last year, as sales and prices have started to rise again, the Canadian Real Estate Association says. CREA said Thursday […]Read more "Home sales rise for 5th month in a row in July, prices up 4% in past year"