Buying your first home is an exciting step that requires a lot of thought and planning. Ready to go for it? We have expert advice and provide personalized service to help you each step of the way.
There's no place like home.
– Dorothy Gale
The downpayment is the amount of the purchase price that you pay immediately, and must be at least 5% of the purchase price for the first $500,000 and 10% for the amount over $500,000. If your downpayment is less than 20%, your bank must take out mortgage loan insurance with Genworth or CMHC, and you’ll pay insurance premiums1 in addition to your mortgage payments.
Wondering where to get the money for your downpayment? Liquid assets, investments, gifts and inheritances are all acceptable downpayment sources, as well as RRSPs through the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP)2.
Buying a property comes with additional expenses you may not have thought of. Make sure you've set aside funds to pay for professional services, including property inspection and appraisal fees and fees charged by the legal professional.
You should also budget for insurance premiums (home insurance, mortgage loan insurance, etc.), property tax and any public utilities to be paid in advance, as well as federal and provincial tax on the sale price (for a new home), taxes on the mortgage loan insurance amount (if your downpayment is less than 20%), municipal and school taxes and welcome tax
We're here to help! Our mortgage advisors can help you find the right financing solution for your situation and guide you through the process, from pre-approval to purchase.
You can even request that an advisor come meet you at a time and place that's convenient for you.
Show you're a serious buyer: get pre-approved before you start looking for a property. You'll know the price range you're eligible for, which makes house-hunting easier.
You'll get a guaranteed interest rate for 90 days. What's more, it's free of charge and there's no obligation to take out a loan.
Have you made an offer on the home of your dreams? There are a number of steps involved in the mortgage process, like choosing between a loan and a line of credit, and assessing the property value.
Don't worry—your advisor will explain each step in detail at your first meeting and provide guidance and support throughout the process.
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1. Insurance premiums are added to the total amount of your mortgage. File examinations fees charged by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Genworth Financial Canada and taxes on premiums must be paid separately.
2. To be eligible for the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP), the property must be located in Canada, purchased or built before October 1 of the calendar year following the withdrawal from your RRSP, and intended as a primary dwelling, no later than one year after it is purchased or built. You and your spouse can each withdraw up to $25,000 from your RRSP. You'll have 15 years from the second calendar year following the withdrawal to repay the funds into your RRSP. Each year, you must repay 1/15th of the total amount withdrawn.
3. Subject to credit approval by National Bank of Canada. Certain conditions apply.
4. Certain conditions apply.