There are a wide variety of housing choices in Greater Halifax, ranging from urban to rural, condominiums to single family detached, offered at a full range of prices. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, in Halifax the average selling price of houses in 2006 was $292,665 – making Halifax one of the more inexpensive housing locations in the country. Many new arrivals choose to buy their own home rather than rent an apartment or house. Houses in Nova Scotia are among the most affordable in Canada and there is a great variety to choose from.
There are many Real Estate agents in Nova Scotia who will help you find a home, and many can even guide you through the mortgage and legal requirements. For an extensive list of houses currently available for purchase, visit the Multiple Listing Service website (www.mls.ca) and select Nova Scotia. This website, operated by the Canadian Real Estate Association, lists every home in Nova Scotia being sold through a real estate agent. For a complete list of licensed real estate agents, contact the Nova Scotia Realtors Association (www.nsar-mls.ca).
Before buying a house, you may consider renting an apartment or house. Many new immigrants wait until they secure employment and have completed their settlement status before buying. If you are considering renting a property, the Classified section of The Chronicle Herald is a good place to start (www.herald.ns.ca).
For more information about Canadian housing, where to go for help or how to find, rent or buy a home in Greater Halifax, visit the Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) website (www.cmhc.ca). The CMHC offers free copies of the Newcomer’s Guide to Canadian Housing which provides the most up to date information about all areas of housing in Canada, from finding the right location, types of homes, steps to renting and buying homes, dealing with landlords, and much more. It can be viewed and downloaded from the CMHC web site.
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