Canada’s Best Cities For First Time Home Buyers

Growing numbers of first time home buyers are venturing farther in search of an affordable first home. While leading metropolitan cities like Vancouver or Toronto will always be strong draws, they’re challenging markets to crack: in December 2018, the benchmark price of a home hit $1.05 million in Greater Vancouver and $796,800 in Greater Toronto.

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Homebuyers have driven booms in revitalized municipalities like Hamilton, Ont. and Surrey, B.C. These growing cities offer great value for homebuyers seeking more home for their real estate buck – yet their new-found popularity comes with swelling sticker prices.  Are there any exciting cities where you can buy a house for less than the national average of half a million dollars?

Fortunately, yes! Below are examples of four up-and-coming communities that are ideal for new buyers. These cities offer more than just great entry-level real estate: they’re also uniquely beautiful communities to set down roots in.


Kamloops, B.C.

Average 2018 home price: $394,5152

Approximate population: 103,811

Why: This Thompson Valley river town sits in the shadow of mountains, enjoys beautiful weather and has a relaxed, outdoorsy vibe. Kamloops boasts all the millennial must-haves: arts and culture, yoga studios, restaurants and a farmers’ market, plus amazing proximity to hiking, skiing, fishing and snow sports. Kamloops offers the quintessential B.C. lifestyle for a fraction of the cost of Vancouver living.


Halifax, N.S.

Average 2018 home price: $300,8543 (Halifax-Dartmouth)

Approximate population: 403,390

Why: Canada’s East Coast offers amazing value to anyone who’s ready to make the leap. Unlike other Maritime municipalities where job prospects may be suboptimal, Halifax is booming. One of Canada’s top tech hubs, the fast-growing city, enjoys low unemployment, a healthy economy, universities, the Atlantic Ocean and über- affordable real estate. Beaches, culture, a growing food scene are assets.


 London, Ont.

Average 2018 home price: $383,229, that is the average in the London St.Thomas area , you can start with an apartment condominium under $200,000 and a wide range of townhouses and bungalows from $200,000 to $300,000!

Approximate population: 383,437

Why: London is home to Western University and boasts a thriving entertainment and food scene. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ranks it among Canada’s best cities for women, thanks to its safety, economic security, education, health and leadership opportunities. Nicknamed the Forest City, London has plenty of green spaces to kick back in.

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Guelph, Ont.

Average 2018 home price: $554,326

Approximate population: 131,794

Why: Guelph is a nature lover’s paradise, with two scenic rivers and endless kilometres of recreational trails that meander through forests and parks. It’s low in crime and has long been renowned for its high standard of living, not to mention its laid-back, university-city vibe.

These are just a few examples of the wonderful communities across Canada. And regardless of where you practice real estate, looking beyond big city limits will provide great options for first-timers looking to achieve their dream of homeownership.

The above was prepared by Genworth Canada

3 Bedroom House For Sale North East London Ontario

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Move in Condition is what you will see when you view this 2 1/2 bath room, 3 bedroom house for sale in North East London Ontario, called Trafalgar Heights.

•  For sale at only $332,900 . This is a great neighbourhood and 3 good schools nearby.
MLS® 163379

 

A wonderful 2 storey house in a friendly neighbourhood that is move in condition, this 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath house has a finished basement , cold storage, a garage and a large fenced back yard .

Top quality laminate flooring with stainless appliances & maple cabinets in the kitchen. The living room has one stone wall with built in bookcase & a sliding patio door to the large fenced back yard with a beautiful stone patio & a garden shed.

Master bedroom has a walk in closet & the other 2 bedrooms are a good size. The finished basement has a 3 piece bathroom and a 21 foot recreation room, a cold room and good size laundry room. The garage has storage shelves and the house is much bigger than it looks.

This 172 foot deep property has been well cared for in this kid friendly neighbourhood, close to 3 schools, walk to the parks & nature trails & shopping is near by. You will be surprised how clean and bright this house is and the price is nice as well!

Water heater is owned.

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Beautiful Townhouse For Sale Westmount London Ontario

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One Of The Best Kept Secrets In London-Look at this Westmount London Ontario Townhouse

•  1680 square feet, 2+ 2 bathrooms , 3 bedroom  spacious ,bright and unique

– FOR SALE  $389,900 

This end unit townhouse in south west London is nestled & tucked away in a mature 38 unit complex that is one of the best kept secrets, most people do not even know it exists. From the tree lined entrance, hence (Avian Terrace), these units are extremely well maintained with an irrigation system, landscaping, snow removal, window washing all done for you.

This bright spacious 3 bedroom unit has hardwood on the main level, a large kitchen, den, separate dining room and a living room. The patio off the dining area offers privacy galore. There are two gas fireplaces, central vac and a 20′ foyer entrance.

The 3 bedrooms upstairs are a good size, a 4 piece bathroom and the large master has a walk in closet, a master ensuite with a soaker tub and a separate shower.

In the finished basement there is a large family room with a 2 piece bathroom (roughed in for a 4 piece) Loads of storage, and a cold room.

All window covers are included and the garage has lots of storage.

This complex is well looked after, the $319 condo fee includes landscaping, insurance, roof, snow removal, exterior window and door cleaning. Shopping, is near by, churches, schools and parks as well, a bus stop is at the entrance as well.

Do not put seeing this unit off, these sell quickly and at this price, very quickly.

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Westmount London Ontario 4 Bedroom House For Sale

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 Westmount London Ontario 4 Bedroom House For Sale at 91 Applewood Crescent , First Time Offered Since 1992

•  2046 square feet above ground, 2 1/2 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms with master ensuite for sale for only  &449,900 . All The Right Ingredients to make this your family home.
MLS® 157745

This 2046 square foot 4 bedroom house in trendy Westmount is on a quiet crescent in a great family neighbourhood with great schools, churches, shopping nearby and services. The 150′ deep lot with a professionally raised stone garden terrace, an interlock brick patio, tool shed and fully fenced.

A separate dining and living room, an eat in kitchen, laundry on the main floor , a 2 piece bathroom and a real cozy family room with a gas fireplace and patio doors to the back yard.

Upstairs are 4 good sized bedrooms, the master bedroom has an ensuite and there is another 4 piece bathroom.

There is an inside entry to the double car garage with a double drive that is in interlocking brick.

The landscaping, trees and shrubs are mature and well cared for.

We have priced this house keeping you in mind so that there is room left for you to add a few dollars to your budget for some decorating and touch ups.

Very easy to view and here is your chance to move to this great sought after neighbourhood of Westmount.

The furnace and A/C are 3 months old, a huge rec room and a large storage area downstairs.

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Westmount London Ontario House For Sale

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This Westmount London Ontario House For Sale at $409,900 , is 1545 square feet, two new bathrooms, 3 + 1 bedrooms & is nice and bright!

MLS® 155427

This 4 level side split house in the sought after neighbourhhood of Westmount in London Ontario has been completely refurbished over the past 3 months. New roof and most windows have been replaced. A beautiful stamped concrete double car driveway for 4 cars and a completely fenced back yard with a massive deck and a covered portico.

From the neighbourhood friendly front porch you enter the bright open concept kitchen, living room, dining room , kitchen and breakfast area.

New quality laminate fllooring, lighting and a 7 foot centre work station, 4 new Maytag stainless appliances, new kitchen cabinets, counters, lighting and plumbing and a beautiful ceiling that is worth a long look, and of course freshly painted.

There is a 4 piece and a 3 piece brand new bathroom, along with new fixtures and plumbing, New lighting in the bedrooms, new floors, doors and freshly painted.

Downstairs is a large rec room with a wood burning fireplace, the 4th bedroom and a large furnace room with a work bench and new electrical panel. The majority has been entirely rewired.

This 1545 square foot house is the lowest price around, why not move into a neighborhood where you know values are going to increase, take advantage now.

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Byron London Ontario House For Sale

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Byron London Ontario House For Sale in South West London For $499,900

•  2191 square feet , 2 1/2 bathrooms , 3 bedrooms, 2 storey “2191 square feet”
MLS® 150874

Wow, look at this 2191 square foot house in family friendly Byron in south west London, one of the most sought after neighbourhoods.

This 3 bedroom house is in one of the best locations in Byron because it is a short walk to Byron Somerset Public School or St.George Catholic School. There are 2 1/2 bathrooms, a master ensuite, separate dining room & living room, a family room with a fireplace and a spacious eat in kitchen.

Finished basement with oodles of storage , a 27’5″ x 12′ rec room and a double car garage to boot.

Fenced back yard with patio and sprinkler system. Note: All the windows except patio door and basement have been replaced over the last 4 years.

This house is much larger than it looks, it has a great price and with your finishing touches, a great place to call home!

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Bungalow For Sale In London Ontario

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Bungalow For Sale In London Ontario, Just Like New & Much, Much Larger Than It Looks

•  3 bath , 3 bdrm bungalow – FOR SALE  CAD359,900 . Unsurpassed Value
MLS® 155878

Wow oh Wow! This one floor 3 bedroom bungalow is in immaculate shape and is almost new again! Furnace, A/C 2018, windows, doors, garage door, stainless steel fridge, stove, dishwasher, built in microwave, jetted tub, electrical outlets, basement rec room, wall coverings and flooring! Roof 2014! Whew!

On the main floor, are 3 bedrooms, the master has an ensuite bathroom with a jetted tub, a walk in closet, even a barn door! There is another bathroom on the main floor, a large family room with a gas fireplace, an open kitchen with a breakfast bar, a patio door to the fenced back yard.

The lower has a huge, finished rec room, a 4 piece bathroom, a den/study, large laundry room , even a work shop!

To top that all off, you have location, location, location, access to bus routes, shopping, churches, schools and easy access to Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Much, much larger than it looks, make your appointment today!

Homes like this very seldom come on the market, do not dick around, make an appointment to see this fine home at a very attractive price now, you know, sleep and weep, snooze you lose, pay the price once and only cry once, the price is right, winners don’t make excuses and my favorite: ” You gotta see it to believe it”

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Westmount London Ontario House For Sale

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Just Like New Again

•  2 bath , 4 bdrm 4-level side split – FOR SALE  CAD425,000 . Value Galore

This 4 level side split house in the sought after neighbourhhood of Westmount in London Ontario has been completely refurbished over the past 3 months. New roof and most windows have been replaced. A beautiful stamped concrete double car driveway for 4 cars and a completely fenced back yard with a massive deck and a covered portico.

From the neighbourhood friendly front porch you enter the bright open concept kitchen, living room, dining room , kitchen and breakfast area.

New quality laminate fllooring, lighting and a 7 foot centre work station, 4 new Maytag stainless appliances, new kitchen cabinets, counters, lighting and plumbing and a beautiful ceiling that is worth a long look, and of course freshly painted.

There is a 4 piece and a 3 piece brand new bathroom, along with new fixtures and plumbing, New lighting in the bedrooms, new floors, doors and freshly painted.

Downstairs is a large rec room with a wood burning fireplace, the 4th bedroom and a large furnace room with a work bench and new electrical panel. The majority has been entirely rewired.

This house is not on MLS yet, it is an exclusive listing and you may want to get a jump before other buyers and their Realtor break down the doors to come and see it.

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Houses For Sale in Byron London Ontario

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Great Location -Byron London Ontario

•  3 bath , 3 bdrm 2 storey house for sale for only  $509,000 . Attractive Price
MLS® 150874

This 3 bedroom house is in one of the best locations in London, beautiful Byron and a short walk to Byron Somerset Public School. 2 1/2 bathrooms, master ensuite, separate dining room & living room, a family room with a fireplace and a spacious eat in kitchen.

Finished basement with oodles of storage , a 27’5″ x 12′ rec room and a double car garage to boot.

Fenced back yard with patio and sprinkler system. Note: All the windows except patio door and basement have been replaced over the last 4 years.

Homes like this one very seldom come on the market, make your appointment today while it is still for sale!

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House for Sale in Summerside in London Ontario

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Great Family Neighbourhood

•  1388 sqft , 3 bath , 3 bedroom 2 storey solid brick house- FOR SALE  CAD329,900 . Move in Condition!

First time on the market! This 3 bedroom solid brick house is located on a premium lot in the new London neighbourhood of Summerside with very easy access to the 401 and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway!

Hardwood floors( just refinished) on main floor, main floor laundry, office/den and a twp piece powder bathroom on the main and a large bright kitchen with a gas stove and breakfast bar overlooking the fully fenced back yard with a 12 x 8 garden shed and a beautiful 24′ x 15′ multi tiered deck to enjoy those BBQ’s and sunny days! The landscaping and trees offer privacy and a good feeling of nature.

Upstairs has 3 bedrooms, the master has a walk in closet and master ensuite, the other two bedrooms are a good size and have the third 4 piece bathroom, stairs and bedrooms have just been carpeted and the bathroom has new flooring as well.

The high and dry basement is unspoiled, has roughed in plumbing for the 4th bathroom, sump pump, laundry tub and the gas hot water heater is owned, not rented!

This house is much larger than it looks, there is great value here and with it being such a great neighbourhood, there are walking trails, schools and churches nearby and parks!

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