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Are you trying to navigate Canada's red-hot real estate market, sick of renting and on the prowl for a home to call your own?

On May 1st, Globe Investor launched a new month-long Home Buying site, packed with stories, videos and expert opinions to help readers make what for many will be the biggest financial decision of their lives.

We kicked off the month with a column from Globe Investor's own Rob Carrick on a Vancouver couple who have decided that cashing out and renting is the smart way to go.

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In this photo gallery, the Globe's personal finance team sifted through MLS listings across the country (and even in the U.S.) to see what is on the market for $500,000 today.

Canadian Mortgage Trends editor Robert McLister kicked off his first in a weekly series of columns on Thursday with a look at the best - and worst - mortgage terms out there.

On Friday, the first of a weekly series from housing bear Ben Rabidoux, author of The Economic Analyst blog, looked at whether it makes more sense to rent than buy at the moment.

We're also trying something new with this special section on Home Buying. We've added community bloggers to our coverage – a group of readers who will blog about their personal experiences searching for homes in three hot urban real estate markets.

We have a 33-year-old woman who has a $500,000 budget to spend in the Vancouver area, a couple who have just moved from Halifax to Winnipeg and a 41-year-old man who has a $750,000 budget in the Toronto market.

We will be publishing new material all month, so come back and check out our site frequently.

Thanks for visiting!

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Roma Luciw, Personal Finance web editor



For tips, stories, videos and live chats about what's going on in the real estate market, check out the Globe's Home Buying section for daily updates.

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