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How do land transfer taxes affect your real estate purchase?

For anyone looking to invest in real estate, land transfer taxes will affect your bottom line. When it comes to purchasing a home, there’s more to simply negotiating with the seller on the property’s price. Once a price is set, there are still the closing costs that need to be paid for and the infamous […]

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Can you afford to buy a home?

It’s a question many homebuyers need to ask themselves before diving into home ownership. Whether you’re buying the property as an investment, in which case you’ll need to figure out how much you can rent it out for, or buying the property as a place to live, your first step is to figure out how […]

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When do you expect to be mortgage free?

When you make the decision to enter the real estate market, chances are that you’ll need to take out a mortgage to afford calling your house or condo home. Canadians expect they’ll be 58 years old before they’re mortgage free, which is one year older than the average expectation last year, according to a recent […]

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Is a HELOC a good idea to tap into your home’s equity?

A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) lets you tap into the equity you’ve invested in your home if you’re cash strapped. You might consider this option if one partner has suddenly lost their job or fallen ill and you’re running out of savings to cover your day-to-day costs. But the HELOC isn’t the only […]

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Variable rate or fixed rate mortgage?

The Investors Group mortgage rate caused a stir when the financial services company offered a rock bottom variable mortgage rate of 1.99 per cent on a three-year term. The bold move caught the eye of multiple media outlets and spurred discussion as to whether the feds would step in once again to temper the housing […]

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How much are first-time homebuyers willing to spend?

#187856790 / gettyimages.com With prices in Canada’s housing market continuously climbing with no end in sight, it’s a hard market to break into for first-time homebuyers. It’s no wonder that the average budget for a hopeful first-time homeowner has increased to $316,000, which is up $16,000 from the average budget last year, according to BMO’s […]

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The HST Rebate in Ontario: Everything You Need To Know

The New Home or New Housing HST Rebate in Ontario was created by the Government of Canada to help homeowners receive a maximum of $24,000 if the HST was paid on the purchase of the land, and $16,080 if it was not, while renovating or building a new home. If you have paid the HST […]

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Is Buying a Condo as an Income Property in Toronto a Good Idea?

With such a dynamic real estate market, many investors are asking themselves whether buying a condo as an income property in Toronto is a good idea. The good news is that real estate investment offers a number of different options. The important thing is to determine which option is right for you.

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