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Buying a home can be stressful. There are a lot of steps to follow before putting your hands on the keys. It’s a good idea to know what to expect and who can help.

Deciding to buy

Getting advice

Professionals like notaries, real estate brokers, inspectors and insurers can help you through the process.

Making an offer

Getting a loan

What is a mortgage (officially called a hypothec)?


Moving involves more that filling boxes. You need to do an address change, advise the other parent if you are separated and have children under 18, assign or sublet your lease if you’re a tenant, and cancel memberships or subscriptions for services in your neighbourhood.


Before getting the keys, you have to sign some notarized documents: the mortgage and the deed of sale. What should you expect?

Living in your new home

Did you know that if you die, an unmarried partner who is not an owner could lose the right to stay in the home? Learn about the legal aspects of your life as a homeowner.

A partnership with the Chambre des notaires

This Web Guide was made possible thanks to financial support from the Fonds d’études notariales of the Chambre des notaires.

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