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A majority of first-time homebuyers say they maxed out their budgets when they bought their homes, according to a survey released today by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

The federal housing agency says its annual mortgage consumer study found that 85% of first-time buyers reported spending the most they could afford on their property.

Despite this, 76% say they were still confident that they would still be able to make their monthly mortgage payments.

CMHC says housing affordability continues to be the most important factor among first-time homebuyers, when compared to other factors such as neighbourhood, proximity to work and the condition of a home.

More than half of those concerned say they worried that they paid too much for their home, while one-third say they worry about rising interest rates and qualifying for a mortgage.

The online survey, which was conducted in April, polled more than 4,000 Canadians who became mortgage consumers in the last year.