Tips for Buying a Second Property

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Are you dreaming of spending summers at a lakefront cottage? Or maybe you've always wanted to own a home as an investment? Whatever your reason for wanting to purchase a second property, knowing your financing options before you buy is crucial to avoid surprised down the road.

"Financing the purchase of a second property can be complicated at first glance." says Farhaneh Haque, regional sales manager, Mobile Mortgage Specialists, TD Canada Trust. " A team of experts such as your mortgage lender, real estate agent or builder and insurer can take you through the process and help you decide what you can afford."

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Three Things To Consider:

1. You may be able to use the equity in your home as a down payment for your second property. Using this equity you've build up is one way to contribute to the minimum 25-per-cent down payment required for investment and cottage properties.

2. If you need financing, set up a new mortgage for your second property. Also, you much have sufficient income to Carry debts, including your primary residence. For most investment and vacation properties, financing can be provided using a standard mortgage. All of the different options and terms available when financing your primary residence are also available on your second property.

3. Most insurance policies for vacation homes are "named perils" versus " comprehensive" policies. Named perils means you have protection for specific risks named in the policy such as fire or smoke damage. Other risks like water damage or vandalism can be more difficult or expensive to obtain coverage for because there isn't someone living there year round, which increase the security risk.

From: Resale Home and Condo Guide

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