SO YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT BUYING A HOME?
Fantastic! It may be your ﬁrst home, or perhaps your ﬁfth, but no matter how many times you’ve been through the process, one thing remains the same: It’s a big job, involving a great deal of effort, time, and of course, money. But you’re not alone — lots of Canadians are doing it! According to Statistics Canada’s National Household Survey, 69% of Canadian households own their home.
Every buyer has unique needs but the questions they ask are very similar:
• How do I know how much I can afford?
• Do I need an agent or should I go it alone?
• What’s the best area to buy in?
• How do I negotiate the best possible price?
The best approach to buying a home is to be informed. This guide will help you answer those basic questions, outline what to expect in the key steps ahead, and boost your conﬁdence in ﬁnding the right home for you. In the Resources Section at the back of this guide, you’ll ﬁnd worksheets and checklists to ﬁgure out your dream home requirements; common costs for closing, moving, and settling in; who to contact with your new address and how to pack your belongings for a stress-free move.