As a first-time buyer, you’ve got other things to consider, including:
• Rental costs. (Are they higher or lower than your potential ownership costs?)
• Alternative uses for your down payment money. (Can you get a better return by investing down payment funds elsewhere?)
• The size of your emergency fund. (Home ownership comes with a laundry list of unexpected expenses.)
• Your economic stability and future earning power.
There are several ways to piece together a bigger down payment. You can:
• Cut your spending. “If you are saving for a house you might be a little more aggressive than the average saver,” Mr. Porter says.
• Tap into the bank of mom and dad. Gifts from parents get a lot of young people started as home owners.
• Borrow from your RRSP under the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP).
• Apply tax refunds and bonuses.
• Get rid of one car in a two-car household.
• Postpone a vacation for 18 months or more.
• Use municipal first-time home buyer grants when applicable.
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