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You’re on your way Once upon a time, buying a home was relatively straight-forward. Today, however, buying a home is a journey with many twists and turns. Once upon a time, almost every home was bought by a married couple. Now homes are being bought by the widest possible range of people in the widest possible range of situations. Yes, newly married couples still make many of the home purchases that take place every year. But so do single people with children, single people without children, people in second marriages, same-sex couples, common-law couples, even groups of friends. Whatever your situation, this book can help. home.. Homebuying Step by Step was created to provide you with everything you need to know about completing that journey successfully. In this book from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, we take you through the entire process step by step, from the moment you decide to buy until the moment the movers carry the first box through the front door of your new home.

This isn’t a fairytale. It’s real life. That’s why this book has been created as a hands-on workbook. It provides you with checklists and worksheets to assemble the right information to make the right decision for you.

Once upon a time, almost everyone shared a common homebuying experience. They bought the same kind of home in the same kind of neighbourhood. Now the options are more varied than they’ve ever been. Urban, suburban or rural? New home or resale? Condominium, townhouse, rowhouse, detached house or mobile home? Which is right for you? This book can help you decide.

Once upon a time, buying a home was less complicated. Now there are more people to deal with and more points to discuss. What questions do you ask your real estate representative, lawyer (or notary in Quebec), mortgage lender, builder and housing inspector? Who are these people and what do they do? This book makes it all plain. (You’ll find a Glossary of homebuying terms on page 42.)

Once upon a time, there weren’t as many variables to consider when buying a home. But this book wasn’t developed to be used “once upon a time.” It’s here to be used now. In the reality of today’s housing market. Read it. Use it. And make your journey toward your new home that much easier.



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