Additional Costs When Buying A Home

The purchase price of your home is only one of the costs you'll encounter. Here are other possible costs you need to consider:

Mortgage loan insurance: If you are putting less than 20% of the house value down, you're going to need mortgage loan insurance. Depending on the lender, the premium can be added to mortgage payments.

Appraisal fee: Lenders typically loan a percentage of the home's purchase price or the market appraisal of the property. Cost depends on the size and complexity of the assignment.

Land survey: The lender may ask for a current survey or certificate of location before signing off on the loan. There can be a substantial cost for having a new survey done on the property.

Deposit: A deposit is a sign of good faith and normally goes with the formal offer to purchase. It is typically 5% of the purchase price and is applied against the purchase price when the sale closes.

Insurance: The lender will require proof of property insurance for the replacement value of the house and its contents from the day you take ownership.

Title insurance: Provides coverage in case of problems with the property title among other things. The cost is relatively low, usually a few hundred dollars.

Application fee: Some lenders will pass on the cost to process your application. These fees vary and some lenders will waive entirely if you have other accounts with them.

Mortgage broker's fee: If you use a mortgage broker, a fee may be charged to arrange a mortgage on your behalf. However most mortgage brokers are paid directly by the lender - there is no cost transferred to clients for use of their services.

Home inspection fee: An inspection protects the buyer by revealing any problems in the property that you'd want to know before you move in.

Legal fees: You can save some of the legal fees usually charged by the lender if your lawyer draws up the mortgage. You'll also pay for disbursements which are the costs involved in drawing up the title deed, conducting a title search, and preparing and registering the mortgage.

Land Transfer Tax (LTT): Use the Toronto Real Estate Board land transfer tax calculator to calculate both your Ontario and City of Toronto (if applicable) land transfer taxes. First time home buyers qualify for a maximum $2,000 (LTT on a $227,500 home) provincial rebate and a maximum $3,725 (LTT on a $400,000 home) City of Toronto rebate.

Goods and Services Tax: The purchase price of resale homes is exempt from the HST. The purchase price of newly constructed homes is subject to HST. New home buyers can apply for a 36% rebate of the federal portion of HST applicable to the purchase price to a maximum of $6,300 for homes costing $350,000 or less. For new homes priced between $350,000 and $450,000, the rebate on the federal portion of the HST rebate would be reduced proportionately. New homes priced $450,000 or higher would not receive a rebate of the federal portion of the HST. New home buyers can apply for a 75% rebate of the provincial portion of the HST applicable to the purchase price to a maximum of $24,000. For more information on HST rebates for new homes visit the Canada Revenue Agency.

Other costs: These include moving costs, fees charged by utilities for service hook-ups, property tax and other adjustments (an adjustment takes place when the seller has already paid for something in advance and wants to be credited for the unused portion on the date the house becomes yours), and ongoing maintenance (condo fees etc) and utility costs.

Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

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