Crunching the numbers

How much home can you afford?

Shopping for the home of your dreams requires knowing how much you can afford to spend, which for most buyers ties directly into a mortgage.

Financial institutions in Canada look at a buyer’s Gross Debt Service (GDS) and Total Debt Service (TDS) ratios to help determine how much mortgage to approve, and therefore, how much home a person can afford.

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$500,000 – $750,000

Diversity and volume of home options offer something for homebuyers of every stage

There is no such thing as a “typical” home in the $500,000 to $750,000 price range in Calgary’s market today.

“It is more than a starter home, but no mansion,” said Ray Riley, a REALTOR® with RE/MAX First. “It could even be a teardown in a desirable (inner-city) neighbourhood, or a luxury apartment downtown. It just depends on what the buyer is looking for, and where.”

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$300,000 and under

Limited budget need not limit buyer options

A dollar may not go as far as it used to, but $300,000 can still take Calgary homebuyers a long way.

“At that price, you could look at a one- or two-bedroom apartment with underground or outside parking, and an elevator if you want a high-rise,” said Monique Windrem, a REALTOR® and leasing agent with Hope Street Real Estate Corp. “You might get extra storage, and if you opted for a one-bedroom, you may also have a gym, concierge and security if you’re not set on living downtown.”

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