Ontario REAL ESTATE
Major Ontario Cities
Milton154Mississauga798Newmarket87Niagara Falls158North York1,034Oakville394Oshawa178Ottawa1,173Peterborough110Richmond Hill370
Other Ontario Cities
Cavan-Monaghan15Centre Wellington20Chatham-Kent10Chatsworth10Chatsworth (Twp)6Chelmsford18Cherry Valley7Chesley10
Sarnia10Saugeen Indian Reserve #2914Saugeen Shores17Scugog38Seguin24Selkirk9Selwyn6Severn37Shelburne7
Shuniah8Simcoe29Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield5Smiths Falls43Smithville6South Bruce Peninsula20South Glengarry5Southampton17Southgate15
Springwater25St Albert5St. Charles13St Isidore6St. Joseph Island5St. Marys6St. Thomas57Stayner10Stevensville8
About Ontario Real Estate
The true definition of the word diversity describes the province of Ontario beautifully as every city, township, hamlet & village reflects a wide swath of varying cultures & communities. Ontario is a large province that encompasses and nurtures an in-depth spectrum of lifestyles, whether it be beautiful Cottage Country, rural areas, regions with city-like suburbs, or the larger cities like Toronto. The real estate in Ontario is just as diverse and quite frankly, every type of residential dwelling imaginable has been already built here, not to mention the vacant lots just waiting for home buyers to construct their dream homes. Ontario is loaded to the brim with adventures and activities for every lifestyle, with explorable outlets that the whole family will enjoy. This province offers unlimited outdoor fun through its parks, conservation areas, historic sites, shoreline beaches & boating, forests galore, countless small bodies of water (lakes, ponds, rivers & streams) and more. Urbanites love the authentic cuisines, walkability of the cities & suburban towns, culture & arts venues and entertainment options. There is literally no end to what can be done in Ontario and home buyers are only limited to their imagination as everything is within reasonable reach! Armed with a strong economy, Ontario really is a work, live, and play place to call home.
While zipping through the real estate MLS listings for Ontario and narrowing down the area in which you wish to live, the next step is to ask yourself if you are ready for home ownership? Buying a first or second home is one of the most intense decisions that people can make, as it requires a lot of upfront money to make it happen. It is more common nowadays for people to seek out a mortgage loan as the way to purchase a home, but everyone knows that is not an easy road to stroll down. The mortgage market is always moving and hard to nail down, but with a little elbow grease and some sound advice from a mortgage expert, you will be able to hit your goals. You can brush up on your knowledge of currently trending mortgage products, see what market value of homes are running for (price wise) in the area you have your eye on, and check on the various lenders that deal in mortgages. Increasing your knowledge base about the real estate market and the mortgage market will be of great value to you, and you will be able to converse with your lender & your real estate agent or broker in their 'lingo'. Mortgages are broken down into a small set of categories that makes each mortgage work such as mortgage type, mortgage performance, mortgage rate, amortization, and payment frequency.
Delving into real estate is another learning curve for those buyers that are new to the market. Real estate professionals that deal in real estate and act as the 'middleman' between the buyer and the seller is called a realtor or a real estate agent. After you have secured your lender and once you are ready to house hunt, you will now most likely require a real estate agent. A realtor can help you narrow down your search and redirect your focus on viewing homes that meet or exceed your 'wish & want' list. When you finally find the home that is worthy of your investment, you and your realtor will begin to work on the offer process. Generally, after an offer has been made by your realtor is the time that you will line up a lawyer to deal with the legalities of property purchase, especially if your offer is accepted by the seller (you will want to move quickly to lock up the deal on the home). If your offer is accepted by the seller, then you and your lender & lawyer will have some documents to process and you will request a deposit from your lender (this money is placed in trust with either your realtor or your lawyer until the sale is closed).