Buying a home can seem like a very imposing idea. The prices of Canada's houses for sale can often look really high to a first-time buyer. However, there are still some great homes across the country that can actually be bought for less than half a million dollars.

The secret is knowing where to look. Major markets like Vancouver and Toronto, where house prices have skyrocketed in the last few years, don't often have a lot to choose from in terms of less expensive housing.

Other, less popular locales, however, might surprise Canadians who are looking for a home. On the east coast, real estate prices are surprisingly low, even for beautiful houses (that are sometimes right on the water).

Cities like Regina and Winnipeg may experience some pretty harsh winters, but they also have gorgeous houses that won't entirely break your bank (at least if you've been saving up to be a homeowner one day).

Just to give you an idea of what kind of houses you might see in each province for a reasonable price, we took a look at the options out there that can be had for $400,000 or less.

You might be surprised to find out that less than half a million dollars can sometimes land you a great starter home.

32-1940 Hillside Dr., Kamloops, British Columbia

Price: $399,900

Listed by: RE/MAX Real Estate (Kamloops)

You have to venture outside of Vancouver to find a place like this, but it's worth it. This half duplex features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen island, and central vac and air.

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17911 60 St. NW., Edmonton, Alberta

Price: $400,000

Listed by: RE/MAX Elite (Central)

This beautiful home has a sweet fireplace setup in the living room, but also boasts four bedrooms and 1800 square feet of living space. It also features a deck in the backyard.

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178 Poplar Bluff Crescent, Regina, Saskatchewan

Price: $399,900

Listed By: Century 21 Dome Realty Inc.

This two-storey house provides 1302 square feet of living space, a beautiful open-concept main floor, and four bedrooms. The master bedroom also features an en suite with his-and-hers sinks and a walk-in closet.

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164 Strongberg Dr., Winnipeg, Manitoba

Price: $399,900

Listed by: RE/MAX Executives Realty

This lovely home with 1683 square feet of living space provides five bedrooms, a spacious deck, and a finished basement with space for a rec room.

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765 Burgess Ave., Hamilton, Ontario

Price: $399,999

Listed by: RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.

This house is all about the decks. Both the front and back feature them allowing for more time spent outside. The interior features two bedrooms and newer appliances. 

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29 Rue Mercier, L'Île-Bizard, Quebec

Price: $400,000

Listed by: RE/MAX Invest.

This house was built in 1954 so it has a lot of classic charm. Even still, it offers a stunning waterfront view, as well as a spacious kitchen and living room. 

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4 Hibiscus Ct., Rothesay, New Brunswick

Price: $399,900

Listed by: RE/MAX Professionals Saint John Inc.

Along with 1900 square feet of living space, all three bedrooms in this New Brunswick home have their own ensuite bathrooms. There's also an insulated and heated garage and a multi-level kitchen island.

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181 Rockmanor Dr., Bedford, Nova Scotia

Price: $399,900

Listed by: RE/MAX Nova

This lovely, updated home features an impressive 2958 square feet of living space and a huge backyard. the master bedroom has hardwood floors and an en suite, and there is a finished basement with space for a rec room and office.

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192 Linda Dr., Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Price: $399,900

Listed by: RE/MAX Harbourside Realty Inc.

This beautiful home with a lovely front porch provides 2042 square feet of living space and a modern kitchen. It has been consistently updated including a new roof and heat pumps.

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12 Yellowknife St., St. John's, Newfoundland

Price: $399,900

Listed by: RE/MAX Infinity Realty Inc.

Featuring 3312 square feet of living space, what sets this house apart from others is that it has a fully completed separate apartment space. It's perfect for parents or for rental opportunities. A modern kitchen, fireplace, and three large bedrooms are the main selling points.

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