Here You Will Learn
How to get Pre-Approved and protect Your Rate
How the Home Financing Process Works step-by-step
Freebies and Incentives for First Time Home Buyers
Mortgage Basics and Important Terms
Dangerous and costly fine print restrictions to look out for.
First Time Buyer Freebies and Incentives
So when RRSPs are purchased, you can get a tax refund – but when RRSP money is ‘sold’ – this adds to your taxable income and there are more taxes to be paid as a result. What the Home Buyer’s plan allows for is RRSPs to be sold for the purpose of down payment, TAX FREE, within the year of the purchase. So you get the benefit of the tax refund and do not have to repay this on the sale of the RRSP when using the programme.
RRSP Purchase: $15,000
Tax Refund: $4,305.
Required RRSP Savings : Minimum $1,000 per year for 15 years.
- RRSP funds must be in the account for at least 90 days before the withdrawal.
- RRSP funds must be withdrawn within 30 days after the closing of the purchase.
- You have entered into an agreement to purchase a qualifying home.
- You cannot have owned a house within the past 4 years.
- If buying with a spouse who has owned a home in the last 4 years, you cannot have formally lived in this house within the past 4 years.
- Must be a Canadian citizen.
- If purchasing with a spouse, ensure the spouse with the highest earnings maximizes their RRSP first.
- If down payment funds are not available to purchase maximum RRSPs ($25,000/ person), consider taking out a low interest RRSP loan, receiving the tax refund, and then cashing the RRSP to repay the loan in the year of the purchase.
- Do not invest RRSP funds into anything risky or that will lock funds in for long periods. Money market mutual funds or RRSP savings accounts work well.
- Do not forget to begin saving in your RRSP in the second year after your purchase.
In the Province of Ontario – first time buyers receive an instant rebate of up to $2,000 on their land transfer tax closing cost. Given this, the maximum house price that would not require any land transfer tax is $227,500 – and the land transfer tax would begin accumulating from this price point and upwards.
In the City of Toronto – because of the additional land transfer tax closing cost specific to the City, there is also an additional rebate for up to $3,725 which would cover up to a $400,000 home. The Toronto Land Transfer Tax would begin to accumulate from this price level and upwards.
The Government of Canada allows for a non-refundable tax credit of up to $750 to First Time Buyers. The credit is intended to help cover the closing costs including legal work, land transfer tax paid, home inspections and other related closing costs.
Ensure you keep records of your receipts and understand the rules surrounding this credit.