Buying a house in GTA may sound like a dream that might never come true. Other cities in Ontario are a lot more affordable and offer the same quality of living. A recent survey by REMAX revealed that despite rising prices, millennials want to buy a home. Prices are expected to increase by 5% on average across Ontario. As first-time home buyers in Ontario, purchase your home in a city that has a growth potential. 

1. Ajax

With an average property price of $676,231, Ajax is perfect for those working in GTA but want to live outside the city. The cost of living is 11% lower than the national average. Go Transit will cut your commute into half and gas prices are traditionally lower than the GTA. When it comes to recreation, you are never out of options including a golf course, several conservation areas, and museums. 

2. Kingston 

A beautiful city popular for its nature and connectivity to the US, Kingston is a first-time homeowners paradise. The average price of homes in Kingston is $510,491. Mississauga, Toronto, Brampton, Ottawa, and Montreal are located only 2 hours away from the city. Kingston locals love sports, so you’ll always have some event to participate or attend. 

3. Muskoka

If you dream about buying a house surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful blue waters, Muskoka is the one for you. The cottage country, like the locals call it, has an average price of  $485,000 for non-waterfront properties. Muskoka is ideal for remote workers or those who work from home. You’ll need to own a car to travel around because houses in Muskoka are pretty isolated from everyday amenities. 

4. Sarnia

Despite a low average house price of $430,000, Sarnia is often missed by first-time home buyers in Ontario. It is a well connected city and is only a few hours away from London, Ontario and Detroit, US. Sarnia also offers several employment opportunities especially for those in the chemical sector. If you love outdoor activities like swimming, fishing, and diving, you’ll be spending most of your time at Sarnia’s mesmerising Saint Clair River.

5. Ottawa 

Canada’s capital, Ottawa has an average house price of $612,311 and is one of the safest cities to live in the country. Being the seat of the federal government, you get to enjoy smooth roads and lots of amenities including big box stores, grocery stores, and restaurants. It ranks 6th globally in work-life balance. Montreal is only 2 hours away from Ottawa, which is perfect if you love travelling and eating croissants and bagels! 

Don’t fall prey to the crazy high real estate prices in GTA. All cities in Ontario are special in their own way and offer all amenities that any big city does. I am always here to advise and guide your journey as a first-time home buyer in Ontario. Contact me, Ose Ainabe, today for a free consultation.

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