Thinking of buying a home in the next few years? One way to build up your down payment is through investing. Here’s now this process compares to putting your savings into a TFSA or HISA.
Downsizing to a smaller home or condo can be an effective way to free up equity, but it’s not always the right route. If you’re a boomer looking to cut corners, but can’t bear to part with the family home, consider these options.
Many Canadian boomers are considering trading the family home for a compact condo to cut living costs. There’s a lot of money to be saved by downsizing – but be aware of your changing financial strategy and insurance needs as well.
Rounding up our Regional Real Estate series, we take a look at Toronto’s housing market. For most first time home buyers, a downtown condo poses as a good starter option – but you’ll be hard pressed to find a single family home within the 416. The Big Smoke also poses significant challenges for those looking to buy for the first time – when you factor in high unemployment and level of debt, buying is often ruled out altogether. A predicted price drop, however, could change everything.
Canadian real estate developments have been getting a lot of attention from foreign investors lately. Considering how affordable developments here seem compared to those in Paris or London, it’s no wonder the Land of the Brave is seen as a safe haven. But does this spell trouble for Canada’s housing market? Is jacked-up inflation feeding a potential housing bubble? And will it cause Canada to follow in Australia’s footsteps and prohibit purchases from abroad?
Despite what all the real estate market pessimists might say in my opinion there is no condominium bubble in Canada. All signs point to Canada’s real estate market remaining strong for this year and well into the rest of the decade. In most major urban centers the average resale price is at historic highs. This indicates an even greater need for condominiums, which are often seen as a more cost effective alternative to single family homes. Here are the major reasons that debunk any theory that Canadian condominium prices are bubbling.