Edmonton Real Estate Blog

How to Save for a Down Payment When Purchasing A Home

If purchasing a home is one of your goals in the next few years, planning to save money for a down payment should be your top priority. In order to qualify for a mortgage in Canada, banks require a minimum of 5% of the sale price of a home. Depending on the price of the home you ultimately wish to purchase, this will necessitate accumulating a substantial sum of money.

Putting some thought into the amount you're willing to put down as a down payment is crucial; it will have a significant impact on the size of your mortgage payments. Naturally, a larger down payment will translate into smaller mortgage payments. Also, if you pay a down payment of 20% or more, you're not obligated to pay for mortgage default insurance, which can add anywhere from 1% to 3.5% of the principal amount.

Once you've calculated your ideal down payment amount, it's time to brainstorm...

Can a man cave improve resale value?

Edmonton man cavesBasement builders are seeing a rising popularity in ‘the man cave”. More basement renovations in Edmonton include transforming the home’s lower level into a room custom-built for recreation and though it’s named for the man in the house, it’s typically used by the whole family.

A man cave can provide a space for entertaining, socializing, relaxation and personal time. It can make your home more enjoyable for yourself while you’re living in it, but can a man cave increase property value? What happens if you decide to sell your house?

The resale value of a man cave at resale can go either way.

Basement renovations do have value and a decent return on investment, but a man...

Edmonton Real Estate Stats - January 2019

“The real estate market is still experiencing the consequences of high inventory and slow sales,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Chair Michael Brodrick. “Buyers are benefiting from more choice but may be struggling with the mortgage qualification rules, while sellers will need to continue to be patient and flexible in this market.”

Edmonton Real Estate Stats January 2019

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