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A photo of couples first time home buying experience

(NC)—More than ever, first–time homebuyers are weighing their options before embarking on the Canadian dream of owning a home. “We want consumers to be comfortable with the financial responsibilities of owning a home, so it’s important to determine what they can afford in order to maintain a reasonable lifestyle once they’ve made the leap,” says Phil Soper, president of Royal LePage Canada. As such, Soper offers these guidelines for first–time homebuyers:

1. Determine your net worth. Take your assets (cash, investments, savings, vehicles and other items you own) and subtract your liabilities (car loans, lines of credit, overdrafts and credit cards). A positive number is a good sign that you may be ready to purchase your first home.

2. Obtain mortgage pre–approval. There are many different mortgage options available on the market today. Thoroughly investigate the terms and rates available, and once you have settled on a rate, term and amortization period, apply for mortgage pre–approval with your lender. Mortgage pre–approval presents you as a serious purchaser, to both real estate agents and sellers.

3. Hire a real estate agent. Top agents have extensive experience and demonstrate dedication and commitment to helping their clients. Ask your family and friends for a referral, or explore real estate sites such as to read profiles on agents, including their areas of expertise and languages spoken. A real estate agent will have knowledge of accurate, real–time market data to leverage your negotiating position, as well as access to properties often even before they are listed on MLS.

4. Be realistic. Choose a home that is within your means. Keep in mind that you will need to set aside extra funds for ongoing home maintenance and potential increases in utilities, taxes and mortgage rates.

5. Rent out a portion of your home. Consider buying a home with the potential to provide added income. Renting a basement apartment or a spare room can put extra money in your pocket, helping you to pay down your mortgage faster.


More helpful home buying tips and advice available on the Mississauga Properties website.

Selling your home first before buying another is the generally accepted route in the home buying process. However, that appears to be changing. With 16 years of consistently rising home prices in the the Toronto market, it’s not hard to see why some buyers can get complacent.

Before making your decision you really have to do your research. If the market is good and homes are selling well on your street, then there is a good chance you can sell your home quickly, If the market is slow it might not be a great idea.

The average days that the house sits on the market are up by 15 per cent to 23 days from 20.
For those people contemplating whether to buy first, make sure that you can financially withstand holding two mortgages in case the market turns. The bank can conceivably rescind a mortgage approval if the first property is not sold before closing of the second property.

Whatever you do, try not to impulse buy. So if you don’t think you can afford it, stay way from those open house signs until the cash is in the bank or you have sold your home firm!