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Should a 29-year-old buy an apartment now or wait for prices to drop?

To all aspiring homebuyers who want low prices: At what point will you feel comfortable entering the market?

The average resale price for homes across Canada has fallen from its peak in March, which is good news for young people struggling to build down payments and afford their monthly mortgage payments. But a final question from a reader offers insight into the predicament buyers can find themselves in as they watch prices drop.

This reader wrote: “My 29-year-old daughter has enough for a down payment on an apartment in the Greater Toronto Area and can handle the associated payments.” “Is it worth buying now or waiting for home prices to fall in the hope of the near future?”

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Here’s a question to ask if you or a loved one is wondering whether to buy a home now or wait for lower prices: Would you feel bad if you bought now and the price of your home went down, or if you waited and prices ended up going up instead of falling as expected?

Housing is difficult to predict now. Sure, the market has cooled off from the height of the spring fever, but it could easily rebound again when immigration has fully resumed and the economy is on pace. Measures promised by the new federal government to improve housing affordability could also help stimulate sales.

Another thing to consider is the possibility of mortgage rates rising from the very low levels today. The benefits of a lower home price can be eliminated if you have to pay a higher mortgage rate. Yields in the bond market set the tone for mortgages and have been rising lately.

Strategy to buy an apartment now: find a unit you really like and want to live in for at least five years, and try real life ratio To make sure you can afford it. Make your payments, build your stakes and live your life.

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