What it’s like to be a first-time home buyer in Ontario—for real + MORE Apr 25th

Canadian housing mortgage rates are all over the map. Don’t get trapped in an unnecessarily costly mortgage agreement.
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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 »

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 »

Mortgage or retirement savings? Where to get the most bang for your extra bucks + MORE May 4th

Obtaining a mortgage or secured line of credit in Canada at the best rates is often a daunting task. We can help! Read the articles below for more info. Mortgage or retirement savings? Where to get the most bang for your extra bucks - thestar.comContinue Reading On thestar.com » The L.... More »
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, where we both grew up, to the suburbs. 

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Our journey as first-time home buyers in Ontario is by no means unique. Amid soaring prices, many people have experienced the same relentless competition and have had to expand their search criteria and stretch their budget to land a property. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a perfect storm of low supply and high demand made prices surge. Lockdown measures sent many people in search of larger properties in which they could comfortably work from home…

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Can I afford that mortgage? Here’s how much you can safely borrow to buy your first houseTalk to a mortgage broker and do a personal budget assessment before you start house hunting, expert says.

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