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Early in the summer of 2020, I wrote about how the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic had some home buyers reviewing their decision to jump into the housing market. After a quiet spring season, there’s been a resurgence in housing demand in markets across the country, with record-breaking sales noted for June and July. As Canadians return to the housing market, one of the biggest questions for prospective first-time buyers with an impending move remains: Should I continue to rent, or should I take the leap into home ownership? 
The answer to that question is, perhaps unsurprisingly, that it depends on your circumstances. The decision to move is often equally a lifestyle and financial decision, and it varies for each one of us based on our needs and preferences. Here are the key considerations to keep in mind as you navigate your own decision to buy or rent, along with some concrete examples on how to approximate and compare your financial costs in each scenario.
1. What’s your time horizon?
As you plan your move, it’s important to ask yourself how long you intend to live in your new home…

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