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The home buyers' plan (HBP) is a program that allows you to withdraw from your registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to buy or build a qualifying home.
This program allows you to withdraw up to $35,000 per person from your RRSP to buy your first home, without incurring a tax penalty. You have up to 15 years to repay to your RRSP the amounts you withdrew under the HBP. The repayment period starts the second year after the year when you first withdrew funds from your RRSP(s) for the HBP. For example, if you withdrew funds in 2019, your first year of repayment will be 2021.
Anytime a property is purchased and sold in Ontario, the buyer must pay the Ontario Land Transfer Tax. When buying a home in Ontario, first-time buyers are eligible to receive up to $4,000 off their land transfer tax.
If the property is located in the city of Toronto, the buyer also pays a second municipal land transfer tax. The city of Toronto, however, also offers an additional rebate similar to the Ontario rebate.
As with any government rebate, there are certain requirements that need to be met in order to qualify. Use our land transfer tax calculator to calculate how much tax you will need to pay based on the purchase price.
First-Time Home Buyer’s Credit (FTHBC) is a government program geared towards buyers like you. The objective is to reduce costs associated with purchasing a home. As a first time buyer, you are eligible for a 15% income tax credit on a maximum of $5,000 of home purchase costs such as legal fees, inspections, and land transfer taxes. The tax credit must be claimed within the first year of purchase and is intended for owner-occupied homes.
You are considered to be a first time buyer if neither you and your spouse or common-law partner has owned and lived in another home in the year of the purchase or in any of the four previous years.
The program offers 5 or 10% of the home’s purchase price to put toward a down payment. This addition to your down payment lowers your mortgage carrying costs, making homeownership more affordable.
This program is a shared equity mortgage. This means that the government shares in the upside and downside of the property value. While the incentive is very similar to a second mortgage, no regular payments are required.
You pay back the same percentage of the value of your home when you sell it or within a 25-year window.
We give back to our clients to help with closing costs.
Our Client Appreciation Program is designed to help our clients with their closing costs, whether it be moving, legal, or other expenses.
When you purchase a home with us, we will share part of our earned commission with you to help you with closing costs and/or expenses. This is our way of saying 'thank you' for trusting us in your homeowner journey.
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Information current as of February 2020
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