Blog by Barb Pasternak,

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Tips to save for a down payment

Three tips to save a down payment

1. Keep the money apart from your other savings. That way, you’ll be less likely to spend it.

2. Find a way to grow your money safely. You don’t want to wake up a month before you plan to buy your home and find you have lost money due to a drop in the stock market.

3. If you’re a first-time buyer, you might want to save for a down payment in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). Under the government’s Home Buyer's Plan, you can take up to $20,000 from your RRSP for a down payment on your first home.You won’t pay any tax on the money as long as you pay it back over the next 15 years.

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