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Buying an Ecological Home Is Profitable

This article is intended for two types of buyers. Those who favour the resale value of the property they want to buy and those who wish to go green and buy a sustainable and ecological home, usually Gen Y first-time buyers (Millenials).

Who would have thought that we would see the words “ecological” and “profitable” in the same sentence someday? Within the next 20 years, sustainable and ecological homes will see their value increase. They have a good resale potential.

Ecological homes have many characteristics. First off, its size is equivalent to the household’s needs, it contains healthy and sustainable materials, its energy consumption (heating and cooling) is considerably reduced and its materials have a high recycling potential.

According to Écohabitation, metal roofs, made of painted or galvanized steel, have a life expectancy of more than 50 years. They require no maintenance and are 100% recyclable. Wood, composite wood, and EPDM roofs are almost as durable. Other materials are also recommended, but stay away from asphalt shingles! Continue reading

The Benefits of Owning a Smaller Home

Given the restrictions on mortgage financing, which also limits the access to home ownership, many families feel obligated to postpone their plans for buying their property. How about buying a smaller house instead? Times have changed, you know.

In the past, living in a smaller home was too often perceived as some sort of failure. Social success was determined by the size of your home. Big house, lavish lifestyle, large budget. The size of the home sometimes exceeded the family’s needs.

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The whole world is joining together now to fight the rapid change in climate. Consequently, owning a home that suits your exact needs is perceived as an Eco-friendly gesture.

However, for many families, the restrictions to home ownership prevents them from even buying a property that fits their needs. What to do? Postpone the purchase? Not necessarily. Continue reading

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For Effective Home Visits

You’ve saved money. You’ve done your research and you’re just about ready to visit properties in the hopes of buying your very first home this year. You’d better make sure that these visits are effective. Here are a few tips.

  • We assume that you’ve defined your needs and priorities before visiting your first homes. Don’t make the mistake of defining them as you go along. If so, you’ll waste precious time.
  • Don’t wait to visit the property before getting the basic information, such as the age of the house, the electricity costs, the taxes, etc. Browse the websites of cities and power companies. They can usually give you this information. The real estate broker’s listings also hold a lot of information. If the house is not listed, a phone call or an email to the homeowner should suffice. If you’re afraid to sound too pushy, tell yourself that the homeowner is probably glad to proceed in that way. He or she will also be saving time.

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Top home buying lessons

ADVICES FROM DESJARDINS

In addition to calling upon a realtor for the purchase of your home, here are some tips provided  by homeowners.

The good:

  1. Think about the future

It’s essential to consider your needs, lifestyle and financial resources when choosing location. Because after many years, there’s nothing better than truly feeling at home!

  1. Save up a good down payment

Wait until you have a decent down payment from your personal assets so you can get a reasonable mortgage and cover the 3% to 5% start-up costs. About 88% of buyers manage to do it by using their personal savings, including RRSPs and investments. About 41% of buyers save up a down payment of at least 20%; for 31%, it’s between 5% and 19%.

  1. Look into the HBP

The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) is a government program that allows you to withdraw up to $25,000 from your RRSP (per person) to buy or build a home. You have up to 15 years to pay it back interest-free.

  1. Do the math

Get preapproved for a mortgage so you can determine your budget and narrow your search to properties that meet your criteria.

  1. Speculate

Buy a house in a neighbourhood that’s going up in value and focus on the value of the land. What criteria should you consider to evaluate the area’s economic situation? Proximity and diversity of businesses and public services (e.g., schools, daycares, parks, hospitals, public transit) are good examples.

On the not-so-good side, here’s what they reported:

  1. Skipping the home inspection
  2. Underestimating the time and cost of renovations
  3. Accepting a purchase offer with a closing day that doesn’t leave you enough time to find a new home
  4. Not dealing with a mortgage broker
  5. Not insisting that the former owners clear out the house completely before you move in

To find out more about the housing sector, visit www.desjardins.com/home. You can also contact a Desjardins mortgage representative at 1-844-626-2476.

Source: www.desjardins.com/co-opme

A range of solutions for your home projects

With the last days of summer drawing near, you are probably on the lookout for a new project. You are wondering what you could do or work on and suddenly it comes to you: your home. Whether you plan to buy, sell or renovate your home, National Bank has a range of financing products to help you out.

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If you are looking for peace of mind, you may want to consider a fixed-rate mortgage with set monthly payments for the entire term of the loan. Not sure what is best for you? Try a made­to-measure mortgage, where part of your loan is financed at a fixed rate and part at a variable rate. Continue reading