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Your Tactical Handbook for International Homebuyers in Canada

Your Tactical Handbook for International Homebuyers in Canada

Embarking on the exciting journey to a new country entails thrilling prospects, coupled with a multitude of challenges. From untangling the complexities of immigration to orchestrating the logistical intricacies of relocating your household across borders, the adventure demands strategic planning. Adding a layer of complexity is the recent enactment of the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act in 2023, reshaping the dynamics for those eyeing Canadian real estate.

This legislation, set for a two-year term, imposes restrictions on non-Canadians seeking specific residential properties in Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) or Census Agglomerations (CAs), particularly those featuring three units or less. However, certain exemptions apply to specific groups, such as students meeting specific criteria, temporary residents with viable work permits, and individuals fleeing international crises under particular conditions.

Cracking the code to navigate this intricate terrain lies in early and thorough research. Delve into specifics such as local market dynamics, property types, and pricing. Consider enlisting the expertise of a seasoned REALTOR® in Canada to guide you through this complex process, ensuring you make informed decisions.

For those fortunate enough to be exempt from the ban and currently residing in Canada, the purchasing process follows a familiar trajectory. REALTOR® assistance in connecting with mortgage professionals ensures you are pre-approved, allowing you to embark on your property search with a clear budget in mind. becomes your go-to platform for exploring listings, with showings arranged by your agent or even virtual walkthroughs if you find yourself abroad.

In the event the ban renders you ineligible but your sights are set on moving to a CMA or CA before 2025, the wise choice is to explore rental opportunities. Be prepared for a competitive rental market by leveraging resources like or seeking guidance from local REALTORS® on current trends in their areas. Overcoming hurdles, such as a lack of Canadian credit history, involves meticulous preparation, including compiling essential documents like letters of employment, pay stubs, character references, and previous landlord recommendations.

For international buyers planning to make Canada their home post-2025, the lifting of the ban promises an array of options. In the interim, arm yourself with knowledge through research and establish connections with a local REALTOR® who can provide valuable insights, virtual tours, and ensure you are well-positioned for a successful future property acquisition.

A few pointers for post-ban foreign buyers to bear in mind:

  1. Property ownership does not impact immigration or citizenship status.

  2. Canadian mortgages necessitate a down payment ranging between 5% and 50%.

  3. Any rental income incurred is subject to income tax.

As you embark on this exhilarating venture to Canada, may your transition be seamless. When the time arrives to secure your dream home, trust a seasoned REALTOR® to guide you through the process with expertise and enthusiasm!

Curious to know how the market’s doing in your neighbourhood? Email me and I’ll prepare a quick customized report for you! It’s my pleasure!

Jez Nichols
CIR Realty Shuswap
Salmon Arm BC
Text me: 250-515-5391
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