First Time Home Buyers

First Time Home Buyer Guide

First time home buyers often have many questions about the process of getting a mortgage. They are also usually unaware that there are options outside of traditional banks for obtaining a mortgage. They may have never even heard of a mortgage broker and therefore be unaware that we have access to many lenders, while traditional banks deal only with their own product.

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Here is some valuable information if you are buying a home for the first time.

What is the minimum amount that I will need for a down payment?

You will need at least 5% of the purchase price?

Am I allowed to receive funds toward my down payment from someone else?

Yes, you can receive a gift donation that must come from a blood relative. It must be a gift, meaning the donor does not expect to be paid back.

Do I have to have my down payment in the bank?

You must be able to show 3 months history of the funds being in an account owned by you. This can be a savings, chequing, TFSA or RRSP account.

Can I take money out of my TFSA to buy a house?

Yes, depending on the type of investment held in the TFSA. Typically, funds can be withdrawn from a TFSA at any time.

Are there any rebates available for first time home buyers in Ontario?

First time home buyers may be eligible for a rebate on the land transfer tax of up to $4,000.00.

If you would like to calculate the land transfer tax on a purchase you can use this tool.

How much can a first-time home buyer take from RRSPs?

The limit for home buying purposes is $35,000 per person. When using the RRSP funds to buy a house or condo, your spouse can also withdraw up to the $35,000 limit, if they qualify.

If, as a first time home buyer, I am buying a newly constructed home, can I get a rebate on the HST?

You may be eligible for a rebate of up to $24,000 of the provincial portion ( 8% ) of the HST. If you have questions about the HST rebate, it is best if you contact the Canada Revenue Agency.


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