Housing Tips For Newcomers

CMHC is the Government of Canada’s national housing agency and the go-to resource to better help you settle in Canada. Visit CMHC at www.cmhc.ca/newcomers to access a series of guides and tools that take you through the home-buying process.

A wealth of information on buying a home is available for newcomers in both official languages – English and French – as well as in Mandarin/Simplified Chinese, Arabic, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu.

The Housing for Newcomers site features home-buying topics such as:
• What to Look For When Buying a Home
• How Much Home Can You Afford?
• Choosing the Right Mortgage For You
• Making an Offer and Closing the Deal
• Location, Location, Location: Finding a Home of Your Own

Furthermore, the following information to help guide you with your mortgage planning is available in eight languages:
• Mortgage Fraud will teach you how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of mortgage fraud when purchasing or refinancing a home
• Mortgage Planning Tips will give you tips to help you save money and provide for greater economic stability in the event of financial challenges down the road
• Your Credit Report will give you some simple steps you can take to maintain a good credit score and history, and improve your chances of being approved for a mortgage

A series of interactive videos has also been produced, and translated and featured in subtitles in all the other languages to provide you with information on home-buying mortgage literacy and home renovation. These videos offer tangible information to help with decision making.

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