The first step to buying your first Vancouver home: get over yourself already
After much bellyaching about how I’m sick of renting, I’m finally doing it: looking into buying my first home. Who knows? I might actually be able to afford it. I’m thinking of it like window shopping—I’ll just duck into the housing market for a look-see.
The thought of making the biggest purchase of my life basically terrifies me, so I started today with baby steps. A quick Google brought me to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. They’ve got a ton of publications, like Home Buying Step By Step, the Condominium Buyers’ Guide, and Bringing Home Ownership Within Reach. You can read em on-line, or download the PDFs.
They’ll also send you free hard copies by mail, which I opted for with a tinge of guilt for my environmental sin. But I figure I need references kicking around the house for this one. And besides, if I have them mailed rather than download them, I can put off reading them till they arrive and watch How I Met Your Mother tonight instead.
So I went through, clicking publications for my shopping cart just like regular on-line fun. I enjoyed the “Free”, “Free”, “Free” notations next to each publication, and my final checkout total: $0. (Minus my tax dollars at work, that is.)
There. That wasn’t so scary. Maybe this won’t be so bad after all.