Resources, advice and tips on buying a new home in Ottawa

Buying a home is the single largest purchase most of us will ever make. And when it comes to buying a newly built home or building a custom home, there’s a lot to know before you take the plunge. From guidelines to warranties to before-you-start checklists, our Resources & Advice section is your go-to place for up-to-date information.


Check the BBB for builder ratings and complaints.

Discussion site on everything from maintenance to specific communities and builders.

Tarion administers the new home warranty act, has information on all registered Ontario builders including customer service records, and offers advice on home buying.

Inclusive neighbourhood information, from population to housing types and amenities.

Covers the full buying process, including deciding if home ownership is right for you.

What you need to know about responsibilities, rules and fees.

Everything about home insurance, including coverage for rental and heritage properties.

Overview of the mortgage process plus other home and personal finance topics.

What to expect when buying a home from one of Ottawa's production builders. (Used with permission.)

The Globe and Mail calculator will tell you.

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