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Toronto Housing Market: Opportunities for First-Time Home Buyers

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Today we will talk about first-time home buyers in Toronto and when the best time to buy a house in current market conditions.  

For the past two years, the Toronto housing market has been challenging for first-time home buyers. There were multiple offers and bidding wars in Canada’s most competitive real estate markets. Before setting foot in the home, I personally submitted a number of unconditional offers on behalf of first-time homebuyer clients, but all of them were declined because they were simply too low.

First time home buyer Toronto: When is the Best Time to Buy a House in Current Market?

First time home buyer Toronto: When is the Best Time to Buy a House in Current Market?

In a little over two months, home values dropped 2.4% between August and September 2022 and it is projected that home prices will further drop by 2.2% by the end of December 2022, as high inflation, economic unrest, and climbing interest rates continue to take their toll on the market. A second study says that the average price of a Canadian home will drop by 14% by March 2023.

National house sales were down in September 2022, according to data recently provided by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). In September, house sales throughout the country dropped by 3.9% from the prior month.

There are now indications that the housing market in Canada may be beginning to slow, and based on the current market conditions, skeptic homeowners believe their house values will not rise again in the near future.

The good news for first-time home buyers in the Toronto housing market is that the general market downturn is preparing the path for future affordability improvements, and it is expected that home prices will fall further. When interest rates normalize, “housing affordability will peak by the end of the year.

Additionally, due to the increased interest rate, there are fewer people buying homes, resulting in less competition. First-time homebuyers are in a better position to negotiate the purchase price.

The Bank of Canada expected to announce 75-basis point increase on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022, but here are more details about how Canadians are managing with increased borrowing costs. One-third of Canadians anticipate that the Bank of Canada will raise interest rates by 100 basis points to 4.25 percent by the end of the year.

Due to rising mortgage rates, many Canadians have lost purchasing power and one-third of Canadians have delayed a major purchase this year

20% of homeowners surveyed were worried that rising interest rates would make it take longer to pay off their mortgage. Nine percent of homeowners anticipate borrowing more money to pay off their mortgage.

Nearly 20% of Canadians surveyed were pessimistic about selling their home due to the potential of future rate hikes, believing their property’s value will never again reach its pre-2022 level.

So, it’s probably safe to say that 2023 will be a great year for a first-time buyer to get into the market.

When you start to shop around for potential properties, it’s important to find something that meets your needs and is within your budget. Be sure to keep in mind that while you’re looking for your first property, there’s a good chance that you’ll buy more than one home in your lifetime. It’s important to choose a property that suits your needs right now and something you can potentially grow into.

While the process of buying a home in Toronto can be stressful and overwhelming, it’s an incredibly rewarding experience. Whether you’re looking to buy your first home, or you’re a seasoned homeowner, there’s something special about being a homeowner. It’s important to remember that the process of buying a home can take some time. Be sure to stay patient, be realistic with your expectations, and be prepared for some challenges along the way.

Who is considered a first-time buyer in Canada?

You are considered a first-time homebuyer if you have not lived in a property that either of you owned in the past four years.

The four-year period refers to the four preceding years the property purchase. The period begins on January 1 of the fourth year before the year in which you withdraw funds from your RRSP and ends thirty-one days prior to the date of withdrawal.

For instance, if you intend to withdraw the funds on July 31, 2022, the applicable period is from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022.

What is Home Buyers’ Plan?

The House Buyers’ Plan (HBP) is a plan that allows you to withdraw funds from your Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) to purchase or construct a qualifying home for yourself or a disabled relative. The HBP permits you to repay the taken funds within 15 years.

You may withdraw cash from several RRSPs if you are the account holder for each RRSP. The issuer of your RRSP will not withhold tax on withdrawals of $35,000 or less. Some RRSPs, such as locked-in or group RRSPs, prohibit the withdrawal of funds.

If you have been considering Buying, Selling, or Renting your home or have avoided the notion due to a negative experience, let Arsh Syed, a Real Estate Agent in Toronto, manage the transaction.

His experience and understanding have been indispensable. He desires Toronto’s housing crisis to improve. He wants to establish relationships and spread the word about his exceptional service, increasing the likelihood that renters and property owners would place their faith in him.

Arsh wants property owners to know that by hiring him, they are drastically reducing risks, saving time and saving money.

For further information about his services, please visit or contact (416) 844-2217


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