Costs to Consider

When purchasing or refinancing a property, you may incur some or all of the following costs. These costs should be taken into account when assessing your budget and cash requirements:

Appraisal Fee

This fee covers the property valuation performed by a third party appraiser. The fee is approximately $350, depending on the value and type of your property. Home Trust partners with specific appraisers in each province.

Lawyer's Fee and Disbursements

Your legal fees should be negotiated up-front with your lawyer to avoid any misunderstanding later and allow you to better determine your cash requirements.

Land Transfer Tax

In most provinces, you have to pay a land transfer tax. This tax varies between provinces. In Ontario, the rates are as follows:

Up to $55,000 1/2%
$55,001 to $250,000 1%
$250,001 to $400,000 1 1/2%
Over $400,000 2%

For example, if you purchased a home for $100,000 in Ontario, you would pay $725
(1/2 % on $55,000 plus 1% on $45,000). Your lawyer or realtor can provide you with the provincial figure and help calculate your fee.

Fire Insurance

All mortgage lenders require that you have fire insurance coverage for the amount of the mortgage or the value of the building, whichever is less. The cost will vary depending on your property value, the insurance company and the municipality.

Land Survey

A survey of the property, by an accredited land surveyor, is also required. This will establish whether the building is located within the specified legal boundaries and complies with local building bylaws. The cost of a survey is usually around $500, but could be higher in complex cases. When purchasing an existing house, ask the present owner whether a survey is available or include this condition in your offer to purchase.

Closing Adjustments

You should also consider any necessary adjustments to be made between you and the seller for property taxes, insurance and heating costs. Your lawyer will help you with this calculation.

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