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First Time Buyers

If you are thinking of purchasing your first home, you probably have lots of questions. Hopefully we can provide some answers to those questions regarding mortgages. If you require further assistance please contact us.

Costs Involved in Purchasing a New Home

Please keep in mind that these costs are only estimates and may vary from province to province.

Purchase Price This is the first thing to figure out. Try our Mortgage Qualifier to give you an idea of what you can afford.

  • 1. Lawyer’s Fees

    These may vary widely so shop around before deciding on a lawyer. Be prepared for the worst- case scenario. Make sure to ask your lawyer what that might be.

  • 2. Land Transfer Tax

    This is a tax payable to the Provincial Government by the purchaser upon the transfer of title. Not all provinces have a Land Transfer Tax. Please check with your Realtor or Lawyer for your province’s fees.

  • 3. Registration Fee

    These are fees that are paid to the provincial government for recording the transfer of title, mortgage registration with the local authorities.

  • 4. Mortgage Default Insurance

    This allows many people in Canada to purchase their first homes with less than 20% down payment. CMHC and GE charge a sliding scale of fees depending on the amount of down payment being put towards the purchase. This fee can be paid up front or added to the mortgage.

  • 5. Property Taxes

    At the time of the sale your lawyer will determine if the taxes have been paid up to date or in advance. If the seller has paid their property taxes in advance your lawyer will determine how much the buyer must compensate the seller. If they are not up to date the seller is required to pay them off the proceeds of the sale. If there is insufficient proceeds, the buyer may be forced to pay them.

  • 6. Miscellaneous Municipal Levies

    There are some special levies that can be charged by municipalities to recover the cost of special services, if the money cannot be funded out of general revenues, or apply primarily to home buyers. Some examples of these are road and sewer improvements.

  • 7. Mortgage Appraisal Fees

    If the lender requests an appraisal of your property, it is your responsibility to cover the cost. The fees usually range between $200 - $300 unless your property is exceptional. If your mortgage is high ratio and insured by CMHC or GE than they will cover this cost for you.

  • 8. Home Inspection

    This is a very wise choice when buying a new property. It is a report that will state the condition of the property prior to firming up the deal. The majority of reports will indicate any problems and provide a cost to repair them. Qualifications for home inspectors may vary as well as the cost associated with this. Please verify their experience before making your selection as a person does not have to be licensed to say they are a home inspector.

What Can I Use as a Down Payment?

The down payment can be the most difficult and challenging part of buying a new home. If you are having trouble raising money for a large down payment you can still qualify with as little as 5% down.

In this instance, your mortgage will have to be insured by CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) or by GE Capital. If you have less then 25% to put down than your mortgage is considered to be high ratio. High ratio mortgages insured by CMHC or GE are charged a one time insurance premium of between 1.5% and 3.75% of the total mortgage amount, depending on the size of your down payment. This amount can be paid in full at the time or added to the total cost of you mortgage.

Home Buyer's Plan

You may be able to withdraw up to $20,000 tax-free from your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) under Canada Customs and Revenue Agency’s Home Buyer’s Plan to add to your down payment or to cover other purchasing costs. Your spouse or partner can do the same for a combined total of $40,000. To avoid paying tax on your withdrawal, you must repay the funds to your RRSP with 15 years. You must meet the following conditions in order to qualify for this program: