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By: Megan Scott

Want to take the pain out of homebuying? Keep your lifestyle priorities top of mind.

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3 Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask Want to take the pain out of homebuying? Keep your lifestyle priorities top of mind. If you’re planning to buy a new home, there’s great news: More houses have hit the market in recent months. This means you’ve got more options to choose from. Choice is always good, but it can also be overwhelming. The key? Careful, disciplined prioritiz...Read More

By: Megan Scott

Home Buying: 11 Tips For Buying A New Home

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Buying a house — whether it’s your first or fifth — can be a bumpy process. Between the financing, the availability (or scarcity) of homes on the market in your price range that meet your needs, the offer process, the appraisal and the inspection, there’s a lot that can go wrong between deciding that you are in the market for a new home and turning the keys for the first ti...Read More

By: Megan Scott

Home Buying Tip: Have You Considered Down Payment Assistance?

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What's the number one hurdle for renters making the leap to homeownership? That pesky down payment. Even with an FHA loan that only requires a minimum of 3.5% down, the thought of setting aside several thousand dollars is daunting (and for some, darn near impossible). A survey from Apartment List highlights the struggle for millennial renters, with 62% citing a lack of down payment ...Read More

By: Megan Scott

When Should You Stop Renting in Mississauga?

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When is it time to stop renting a home and seriously consider buying your own place? That’s a personal question and a very personal decision — it really depends on your lifestyle, your finances, your employment plans, and many other factors that could make buying a house a really good idea, or an absolutely terrible one.   To figure out where you are on the homeownership spectrum ...Read More

By: Megan Scott

Home Buying Tip: New Job? How It'll Affect Your Loan

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The first-time homebuyer often faces challenges that don’t affect experienced home buyers. They tend to have less money saved for a down payment. First-timers often carry a collection of student loans and other debt, which makes budgeting for a household difficult. These buyers tend to skew younger and also face hurdles with their employment history (or, lack of). B...Read More

By: Megan Scott

Home Buying Tip: Will the Neighbourhood Go Up in Value?

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When you purchase a home, you hope it will continually go up in value - just like a good investment. However, there’s something else that you also want to see an increase in value: the neighborhood. In fact, the neighbourhood plays a key role in what the home will be worth in the years to come. If the neighbourhood goes down in terms of desirability, so will the market value of the home. So...Read More

By: Megan Scott

Home Buying Tips: Don't Pay More Than What It's Worth

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It’s finally happened — after months of searching, you’ve found your dream home. It’s the perfect size for your growing family, the kitchen was just remodeled and there’s a huge deck for entertaining. And best of all, the seller accepted your offer!  As we near your closing date, your lender will want to verify the home’s value with an appraisal. This migh...Read More

By: Megan Scott

Home Buying: Thinking of Buying an Older Home? Here Are Some Things to Keep in Mind

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When searching for the next house to call home, there's a lot to consider. Opening your home search to older constructions can increase your options, however, older homes may be harboring issues beneath the surface. Here are some things to consider (and have inspected) when purchasing an older home.  Foundation and Structural Issues Due to their age, older homes should be inspected thoro...Read More

By: Megan Scott

Home buying: Top Tips to Make Your Offer Stick

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It's that time again when the real estate market is as hot as the summer sun. Low inventory, multiple offers, and offers that soar over asking price are great for sellers, not so much for buyers. If you're looking for an edge to ensure you get the home you want, here are a few tips.  Up your budget If you're a first-time buyer looking in a lower price range, you're in the mos...Read More

By: Megan Scott

Home Buying Tips: Buying With Friends Isn't Like Renting

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You’ve been living with your best friend since freshman year of college, and it’s been a blast. So why not pool your money and go in on a house together? After all, it’s easier to buy when you have two incomes.  It’s true that co-buying a home with friends or family can make it easier to own a home. And it can reduce your upfront costs.  But there are a few uniq...Read More