How to Buy a Home as a Newcomer in Canada

How to Buy a Home as a Newcomer in Canada

One of your dreams as a newbie may be to own a home. It's critical to understand the procedure before that desire comes true. Here's what you need to know to start purchasing your first house.

Can Newcomers Buy a Home in Canada?

Naturally, of course! However, most of us do not save enough cash for a property’s full cost. In Canada, based on the average cost of a house that includes townhouses, condominiums and semi-detached houses. Houses are too expensive in cities such as Toronto and Vancouver, often costing just under one million dollars and over.

As such, the buyers usually pay an advance deposit, a ‘down payment,’ and then borrow the remaining amount in installments through mortgage loans. They subsequently pay back the loan with interest over a long period.

The banks and other lenders use specific guidelines to determine which purchasers qualify for a mortgage and the amount they may borrow. The determining factors are down payment amount, debts or car loans if any and a consistent salary. Tax records of minimum 1 year to 2 years is sufficient.

Conventional Mortgage: Good for those who have worked in Canada and who meet the bank's requirements for a mortgage, such as having a full-time job without probation, working here for at least three months, having a strong credit history in Canada, and having a down payment of at least 20% of the purchase price of the property.

High-Ratio Mortgage: Excellent for those with a clean credit history, a minimum of two years' job experience in Canada, and savings ranging from minimum 5% to more, of the purchase price for a down payment. However, you'll also need to pay 2.8% to 4.0% of your home loan for mortgage default insurance. If you cannot repay the loan, mortgage default insurance safeguards the lender.

Newcomer Mortgage: Ideal for people without the Canadian employment or credit history required for other mortgages. For instance, three months of job experience in Canada could qualify you. Furthermore, you can put down a bigger amount if you have no credit history in Canada. 35% of the cost of the house.

Your Trusted Partner for a Fulfilling Real Estate Experience

Leading Vancouver real estate agent Jeevikka Shah, focuses on assisting immigrants with property purchases. With extensive familiarity with the communities of Greater Vancouver, she offers individualized services catered to the special requirements of immigrants helping them with timed Pre- sales. Her services guarantee well-informed choices and smooth transitions into homeownership.


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