First-time Home Buyer
Buying your first home can be a daunting experience. It’s almost certainly the most expensive purchase you’ll make in your life. In order to buy a home, you’ll need to get a mortgage.
Understanding how the mortgage process works will help you. In addition, there are various programs available to first-time homebuyers in Canada to help make buying your first home more affordable.
Here are some of the resources available if you’re looking to take the big leap of becoming a first-time homebuyer:
- First-Time Home Buyer’s Tax Credit—This program amounts to a $750 rebate for first-time buyers and is meant to help defray housing costs such as legal and inspection fees. To receive the credit, you must claim it on your tax return.
- Home Buyers’ Plan—When you withdraw money from an RRSP, it counts as income. But under this plan, the federal government allows you to borrow up to $35,000 from your RRSP to be used towards a down payment on your first home. The borrowed amount must eventually be repaid back into the RRSP. Otherwise, tax penalties will apply.
- GST/HST New Housing Rebate—If you’re buying a new home (such as a pre-construction condo or house), this rebate is actually available to all buyers, regardless of whether they’re first-time purchasers or not. Only homes with a net purchase price of $450,000 or under qualify for this program.
You can qualify for the best rates
Just because you’re buying a home for the first time doesn’t mean you can’t get the best mortgage rate available. Financial institutions will usually offer you the same terms as individuals who have previously purchased a home if you have an excellent credit score and aren’t overloaded with debt.