Kingston's housing market is generally quite stable as the City's economy is based on a large public service/institutional base. A Housing Market Outlookprovided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will provide you with detailed information on resale homes and new construction. For profiles of individual neighbourhoods, visit City Hall.
Step-by-step instructions for buying a home in Canada can be found on the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's website.
If you would like a referral to a real estate agent, please contact the Faculty Recruitment and Support office.
Guaranteed Housing Loan: Queen's has made arrangements to guarantee bank loans to faculty, librarians and archivists to assist in the purchase of a home. Eligible employees may borrow up to $40,000 for a period not to exceed 10 years at a rate of interest equal to the bank's prime rate. For further information and application forms contact the Department of Financial Services, (613) 533-2050.
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) offers the most comprehensive list of available houses.
If you are moving to Canada from abroad you will find that lenders require a Canadian credit rating before they will grant a mortgage. If this situation applies to you, please contact the Faculty Recruitment and Support Program for a referral to a mortgage lender who has special knowledge of this issue.