The complete guide for first-time home buyers in Canada + MORE Apr 22nd

Learn more about Canadian mortgage rates, rules and the latest news – read on!
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How to take advantage of the first home savings account + MORE May 10th

In April, in response to Canada’s white-hot housing market, the federal government introduced the tax-free first home savings account (FHSA). The FHSA is a new kind of registered account aimed at easing the path of first-time home buyers to securing a mortgage at a time when average Canadian home .... More »

The latest in mortgage news: BoC rate hike expectations grow May 13th

The Big 6 banks have raised their expectations for Bank of Canada rate hikes, with most expecting another 125 to 150 basis points in tightening by the end of the year..... More »

Should you buy or sell first in today’s real estate market? May 1st

We’re in the market for a new home, but we aren’t sure whether we should sell our home first or buy first. We’ve had people suggest both, and we’re wondering what might be best in the current real estate market. Should you buy or sell first in real estate?  Whether you should buy .... More »
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What it’s like to be a first-time home buyer in Ontario—for real + MORE Apr 25th

We’d been looking for over two years when we finally closed on our home last year in Vaughan, Ontario, just north of Toronto. As first-time home buyers in Ontario, my husband and I had seen around 30 houses, had been outbid on five or six and had expanded our search area from the middle of Toronto.... More »
Rising interest rates are starting to weigh down Canadians’ confidence in their finances, according to the latest results of the MNP Consumer Debt Index.

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Buying your first home is an exciting experience, but it can also be an overwhelming one—especially if you’re not sure where to start. That’s why we’ve outlined some simple steps that anyone shopping for a home should take, from figuring out what you can actually afford to getting pre-approved for a mortgage and understanding the government programs designed to help you. If you have questions, we have the answers in our complete guide for first-time home buyers.

Part 1: The costs of homeownership in Canada

Should you buy a home? The real costs of homeownershipGovernment programs and tax rebates for first-time home buyers

Part 2: Understanding your mortgage

What is a mortgage?How fixed and variable mortgage rates workHow much can I afford on a mortgage?Using mortgage calculators to weigh your optionsWhy you should get pre-approvedHow much can you actually afford?What is the mortgage stress test?

Part 3: How to find the best home and mortgage provider

How to choose between a lender and a mortgage brokerStrategies for first-time home buyersBest places to buy a home in CanadaNext steps: You’ve bought your first home—now what?

You’re 2 minutes away from getting the best mortgage rates in CanadaAnswer a few quick questions to get a personalized rate quoteI’m buying a homeI’m renewing/refinancingYou will be leaving MoneySense…

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Canada’s best credit cards for people with bad credit 2022Conventional wisdom may lead you to believe that if you have bad credit, you should swear off credit cards. However, if you want to improve your credit score, you’ll have to prove you can handle credit responsibly—and one way to do that is (you guessed it) to have a credit card. When used responsibly, having and using a credit card can actually be a helpful tool to assist in rebuilding bad credit. While a low credit score might limit which credit card you can qualify for, luckily, there are a whole host of products catered to people with this issue. While these often come with higher interest rates and lower spending limits, they can be a good starting point to re-establishing a respectable credit score, which in turn will help you get approved down the line for loans, a line of credit or even a mortgage. Some of these cards even earn you rewards, too.
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