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Green Homes

By Pankaj Tripathi Green choices, are decisions which are friendly to the environment, lead to savings, good health and prosperity for one and all. These choices range from minor lifestyle changes like drinking coffee in ceramic mugs and…

Buying a Home – a Valuable Investment

Alison Strimas is Vice President (Retail Lending Services) Philip Moniz is Senior Manager (Retail Lending Services) at Scotiabank As in most countries, owning your own property is a valuable investment -in Canada the real estate market has…

Bring Your Family to Your New Home

Shortly after becoming permanent residents of Canada, our clients turn their attention to the issue of family sponsorships. Whether it be for elderly parents who are now alone in their country of nationality, or younger siblings who are…

Housing: The Three Rules of Real Estate

How far away are you from your dream of owning your own home? The answer to that question depends on many things, the most important ones being your household income, your savings, what kind of house you need or want and what part of Canada…

Buying A Home And The Law

Gordon Crann and Alan Redway, Q.C. are lawyers with Redway & Butler LLP, Barristers & Solicitors. They provide legal advice and assistance in all areas of the law, except criminal law. Alan is a former Federal Housing Minister, MP…

Getting a Mortgage

By David Nickle Owning a home is a dream for many Canadians, and it is one for many new Canadians too. But buying a home is not easy.

Housing: Is It Your Time to Buy a Home?

Miguel Letelier bought his first home in 1992 in Montreal. He was in his mid-twenties, had arrived seven years earlier from Chile, and his girlfriend at the time insisted they buy a condo together. He wasn’t thrilled with the idea, because…

Housing for less

by Kaziwa Salih If you are by yourself or with a big family when you arrive in Canada, you may find that rents or housing costs are much higher than in the country you came from. Paying the rent can quickly become a big concern – especially…

Choosing a Place to Rent

Choosing a place to rent is a big decision for anyone. But, when you are a newcomer to Canada, the challenge is even bigger. According to a survey released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the vacancy rates in Ontario increased…