If your dreams are buying a Toronto condo with a resolution to stop paying rent in 2019, we can help #NewYearNewYou. Get ready to effectively take the leap into homeownership with these four essential tips to help you buy a Toronto condo in 2019.
Why it’s important to redo your finances
Why buying in the winter could save you money
Why you should consider buying a condo assignment
Why your dollar can lose value the longer you wait
1. REDO YOUR FINANCES
It’s important to ensure that your wish-list is aligned with your budget. Since August, Toronto Downtown prices have already increased by roughly 9%.* So with that in mind, especially if you’ve been shopping for a Toronto condo for some time now, the first thing you should do is recalculate your budget.
The same product that went for $500,000 in the summer may be trading for closer to $550,000 today. When you pair the continuing price growth of Toronto condos with our rising interest rates you can expect your carrying costs to be higher than they were a few months ago. So make sure you’re starting off on the right financial foot going into 2019.
2. BUYING IN WINTER COULD SAVE YOU MONEY
The peak seasons for real estate are spring and fall where most sellers wait to list their property to take advantage of the inevitable price surge that comes with it. What that means is that there’s more choice for you as a buyer but there’s also more buyers competing, giving sellers the upper hand.
Winter is a great time for buyers to make their move. Stay active on your home search December through February as you may be able to get a good deal. Sellers who aren’t waiting until spring to list are typically motivated to sell now. The Toronto market is slower and listings will be on the market for longer than they normally would compared to the spring or fall markets. With fewer home buyers perusing in the winter months, sellers will get antsy and become more flexible with their sale price.
3. CONSIDER BUYING A TORONTO CONDO ASSIGNMENT
While we always advice our investors not to buy a pre-construction condo with the intention of selling it on assignment; for the very reasons we tell them not to sell are the reasons why you may be inclined to buy an assignment.
An assignment is when the purchaser of a pre-construction condo chooses to sell their Agreement of Purchase and Sale with the builder to a new buyer before they officially take possession of the condo. So if you’re looking at buying a Toronto condo that is a new, never-been-lived-in condo, talk to your realtor about which Toronto condos are nearing completion that may have available assignments for sale.
As a home buyer, you have leverage with your price because the building’s amenities and common spaces are not completely finished. This means you are able to buy a new product for less than fair market value and have some potential equity built in as well. Your realtor will be your best advocate in sourcing good assignment deals. Trust their guidance.
4. SOONER IS ALWAYS BETTER WHEN BUYING A TORONTO CONDO
The biggest thing to keep in mind when it comes to buying real estate in Toronto is timing. The sooner you can buy, the further your money will go. Since Toronto’s real estate market has been experiencing incredible price growth, the money you have today is worth more than tomorrow.
So if you’re waiting for the right deal, remember that prices will continue to climb, so try to get into the market soon so you can start capitalizing on the equity gains properties in Toronto have been earning. Need help getting started? Book a call with us here and we can help you find your dream home within your budget.
*Determined by calculating the combined average increase in condo prices for W01, C01, C08, and E01 for November compared to August 2018. (W01: 11%; C01: 2%; C08: 5%; E01: 17%.)