As a potential buyer, you want the facts, and we want to give them to you. When is the best time to buy a house?
Before planning room colours, or picking out the perfect couch, it’s important to hit the books and do some research on home ownership. Below, we have listed two important things to consider when deciding whether now is the right time to buy.
Economics on Housing Costs: When doing your research, it’s easy to find yourself sitting in front of a blank computer screen wondering where to begin. That’s normal! We made it easier for you by creating special buyer’s form. Simply click on this link and fill out the form so we can assist you in the process.
So, you know the price of house, now what?
Understand your Financial Situation: Before you decide to buy, you need to explore the reality of your finances. This decision requires more than simply a down payment and a monthly income. You need to make sure your finances are stable before you can confidently conquer your dream of home ownership. Take some time to review your current monthly expenses, and then factor in the additional costs of purchasing a new home to see where your budget nets out.
The last step is to determine if your budget matches up with the current cost of homes in the area you are interested in. If not, it’s a good time to explore other areas, or determine what financial goals you need to hit before making the purchase decision.
This may not be the most glamorous step you will take on your road to home ownership, but it is the most important. All good homes are built on a solid foundation that will help it stand strong for years to come. Consider this step the foundation to your many years as a successful homeowner.
Buying a home is a big investment – likely the largest one you will ever make. The cost to buy a home should be carefully considered to avoid the risk of financial difficulty in the future.
Since this decision has a large impact on your wallet, we want to take some time to explore the many costs associated with buying a home. Doing your homework and knowing the average cost of these services in your neighbourhood will help you choose a home within a realistic price range.
Deposit: Depending on your location and the price of a home, you may need to put a deposit on a home as a security measure to ensure you don’t lose it to another interested buyer. If you are required to pay a deposit, it will become part of your down payment once you have purchased the home.
Down Payment: In Canada, the minimum amount you need to put down on a home is 5%. While this is realistic for most first time home buyers, having a down payment of 20% or more will help buyers avoid paying Mortgage Loan Insurance.
Land Transfer Tax: When you buy a home, you are required to pay a land transfer tax to the province upon closing. This tax is normally based on the amount paid for the land, as well as the remaining amount on any mortgage or debt assumed as part of the arrangement to buy the land. Cost will vary depending on your municipality, the size of the land and other factors.
Appraisal Fee: An appraisal will normally cost between $200 and $300 but can vary depending on your location. This will help prevent you from borrowing more than you need to, and will prevent lenders from giving you too much.
Home Inspection: A home inspection is a necessary step in your home buying process and will normally cost an average of $350 depending on the size, age, and condition of the home. This helps ensure there are no unexpected maintenance or home improvement costs upon purchasing the home.
Property Insurance: While property insurance is likely already something you have factored into your budget, it’s important to do your research and find a reasonable quote that will ensure you are covered should anything unexpected happen.
Mortgage Insurance: There is mortgage life insurance, which is designed to protect the repayment of a mortgage if anything were to happen to you. There is also mortgage loan insurance if your down payment is less than 20% of the total house cost. Premiums for this type of insurance range from 0.5% to 3% and increase if you are self employed.
Lawyer Fees: The fee you will be charged by your lawyer will vary depending on the person representing you and must be paid upon closing. We can provide you with list of lawyers for you to choose from if you don’t know who to work with.
Title Insurance: Title insurance is a one-time-fee that provides protection from losses related to the properties title or ownership.
Property Taxes: The cost for property taxes is expressed as a dollar rate for every $1,000 estimated to be the market value of your property.
Maintenance and Energy Costs: Potentially your largest ongoing homeowner expense, these costs include lawn care/ yard work, professional services, additions/upgrades and the cost of keeping the house running year-round. You can use our monthly home budget planner to help map out all of these costs.
Moving Expenses: It’s easy to forget about the small things when moving, but it’s important to remember they can add up quickly! Consider the cost for phone, electricity, and other utility installations and don’t forget about movers, a moving truck and feeding your friends who are helping out!
Now that you have a better idea of the cost to buy a home and you’re ready to start, it’s time to use contact us form of our web site so we can contact you and begin a house searching process.