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Moving - many of us have done it, or can at least relate to the level of planning it takes. Whether you are moving across the city or across the globe, finding a neighbourhood that suits your lifestyle likely tops your 'to-do' list.

Buying a home and choosing where to live is one of the most significant decisions we will make. If you’re new to Canada, take your time to ask questions, learn about the housing market and various neighbourhoods, and think through what is important to you before making a decision.

Consider these 3 tips when narrowing down your neighbourhood search.

1. Budget

When you are looking for the perfect property to rent or buy, budget is a major consideration. Understanding your priorities – be it location, type of home or nearby amenities that fit your budget will help narrow the scope of your search. Determine how much you can afford. In Canada, banks offer extensive assistance to newcomers and can help you find your dream home. Talk to a mortgage specialist when you are ready. Consulting with a specialist is free and they can meet you at your home or another location convenient for you. Here’s a list of things to consider using as you approach the financing conversations for buying a home.

2. Education

Finding a neighbourhood with schools is a must for people moving with children. Researching such options including schools that have extracurricular programs or even English/French as a second language, will help you find the right community that works best for your family. Familiarize yourself with how the Canadian school system works, as it may vary from your home country.

3. Community

Participating or volunteering in social programs and local events can not only help connect you to your community, it can also influence a positive experience within your newcomer journey. Research your local community to find out what’s available in the area based on your interests; it may help you in your decision on choosing the right neighbourhood.

Before you make your decision, take the time to look around and research different neighbourhoods to familiarize yourself with what’s available to meet your needs. Check out the RBC Neighborhood Explorer which can help you in finding the right home and the right community for you.

To find out more about how RBC can help towards buying your first home in Canada, visit our Newcomers Hub.