Why buying a home is your best investment

Family in front of a HouseAs a rule of thumb, homes appreciate about four or five percent a year. The figures will vary and of course some years are better than others. The figure will fluctuate from neighborhood to neighborhood, and region to region.

You may be thinking that five percent does not seem like a great rate of appreciation. Stocks have been known to appreciate much more, and you might easily earn the same return with a very safe investment such as savings bonds.

Are you fit to buy a home?

Buying a home is one of the most exciting — and important — moments of your life. RE/MAX has created a comprehensive package of videos to assist you through the homebuying process and teach you everything you need to know to buy your home. Visit www.FitToBuy.ca for more information on preparing yourself to buy a home.

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You can also download the Fit To Buy guide (eBook).

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It is quite possible that if you bought a $200,000 house, you did not pay cash for your home. You may have taken out a mortgage. If you had put as much as twenty percent down - that would be an investment of $40,000.

At an appreciation rate of 5% annually, a $200,000 home would increase in value $10,000 during the first year. That means you earned $10,000 with an investment of $40,000. Your annual "return on investment" would be a whopping twenty-five percent.

Of course, you are making mortgage payments and paying property taxes, along with a couple of other costs. However, since the interest on your mortgage and your property taxes are both tax deductible, the government is essentially subsidizing your home purchase.

Your rate of return when buying a home is higher than most any other investment you could make.

Buying a home is the largest investment most people will make in their lifetime. Before embarking on your journey, take a moment to review the following tips. They will assist in making the process more efficient and take some of the stress out of home buying:

  • Know how much you can afford. Why waste time looking at homes that are not in your price range?
  • Determine your down payment. This will allow you to calculate how much you need to borrow and establish a price point.
  • Get pre-qualified for a mortgage.
  • Know where you want to live. Determine areas that best suit your needs.
  • Decide what type of home you want to buy. There are a number of housing types available to today’s real estate consumers. Single-family detached homes are most popular, but there are also semi-detached homes, links, condominium apartments and townhouses, as well as co-ops from which to choose. Each has different characteristics that are more or less suited to individual lifestyles.
  • Determine what you need in a home. How many bedrooms or bathrooms do you need? Is there enough parking for your car(s)?
  • Visit www.remax.ca. The internet is a great starting point. It can help you to target properties that meet your criteria and eliminate those that are unsuitable.
  • Choose a REALTOR®. Find and agent that you are comfortable with – someone you can trust and who understands your needs.
  • Hire a home inspector. Your realtor can offer recommendations.
  • Investigate alternatives available to you. Government incentives have been introduced to stimulate activity in housing markets across the country. Two of the programmes that are currently available – access to RRSPs for first time homebuyers and the CMHC’s five per cent down payment plan – help make homeownership more attainable for all Canadians.

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Client Reviews

Many thanks to Ann and David Ryan for helping to navigate us through the process of finding and purchasing our first home. We were looking for a great start-up home, close to our work and family that would require a little elbow grease to make it a home we could call our own and they found us just the right place. Their considerate and proactive approach, as well as attention to detail, showed us how dedicated they were to helping us. That, combined with their sound knowledge of the home buying process, made this a virtually effortless experience. Not only are they experts at what they do but they are a genuine couple whose company we greatly enjoy. We look forward to staying in touch.

M and J, Burlington, ON

David and Ann Ryan, Sales Representatives
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