The Most Important Part Of Planning To Buy A Home Is Creating A Budget: Ontarians

According to information from the Ontario Real Estate Association’s Ontario Home Ownership Index, Ontario residents who are planning on buying a home within the next two years say that creating a budget is one of the most important (40 per cent) components of their planning process.

“The home buying process begins with a long hard look at one’s finances and knowing what you can afford – any real estate expert would agree with that,” said the president of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Costa Poulopoulos. “The fact that creating a budget came out on top shows that financial preparedness is important to buyers; it’s one element that is mandatory when buying a home.”

She continued, “Down-payment saving strategies depend on the buyer – one’s lifestyle, experience with real estate and often their stage-in-life, dictates which strategies will be most effective. However, regardless of age or experience, home ownership is one of the biggest financial commitments most people will make in their lives; it takes proper planning to do it right.”

Other highlights from the Index include:

  • 36 per cent of Ontario residents planning on buying a home in the next two years will cut costs, while an equal amount will try to earn more money.
  • 67 per cent of first-time buyers will create a budget, while only 29 per cent of repeat home owners will create a budget.
  • The same amount of repeat buyers are going to cut costs or delay spending, while more than half of first-time buyers say they will.
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