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GPWL943 - Introduction to Housing (Financial Skills for the Real World)

Do you wonder whether it makes more financial sense to buy or rent? Under what circumstances do you have to pay HST, LTT, or CMHC insurance when purchasing a home? What other fees should you be aware of? In this workshop you will learn how to properly evaluate your local housing market, learn about various fees that realtors rarely mention, the difference between FRM, ARM, and VRM, explore various CMHC and other freely-available industry reports looking at key metrics, and much more so that you can make an informed decision of what will likely be the most expensive purchase of your life.

Learning Objectives

In this workshop, participants will:
1. Review basic industry reports which debunk commonly-held beliefs about housing which have little basis in reality.
2. Explore official reports and free online tools for analyzing the housing market.
3. Learn how to determine whether renting or buying a house is the better financial decision given one's own circumstances.

Leaders Information


This workshop is led by Alex Gavrila.

Alex is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience and is interested in risk taking, behavioural economics, as well as financial, scientific, and social policy reform. He is a Director at the Science & Policy Exchange and the Montreal Chapter Coordinator for the Institute of New Economic Thinking's Young Scholars' Initiative.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
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