The purchase price of your new home is the biggest cost you will come across in your home-buying venture, but it is not the only one.  You should keep in mind “closing costs” in addition to your down payment for that dream home.

A REALTOR® can provide you with helpful advice about other costs involved, some of which may include the following:

  • Legal fees: since a lawyer or notary public is an essential part of your home-buying team, the work provided involves legal fees. Most legal fees include searching the title of a property, arranging a property survey if necessary, and handling other disbursements as required.
  • Mortgage insurance and application fee: for any high ratio mortgage, which is a mortgage where the purchaser is putting less than 20 percent of their own money down, the lender requires mortgage insurance.
  • Property insurance: this insurance covers the replacement value of your home and its contents. Most mortgage lenders will require proof that you have this insurance before processing a mortgage.
  • Home inspection: a professional home inspector knows what to look for and can confirm or add to the information you have gleaned from the REALTOR® or your inspection.
  • Property transfer tax: this provincial tax is payable at the rate of one per cent on the first $200,000 of the fair market value and two percent on the balance. “Fair market value” is best described as the price that would be paid for a property on the open market. The actual purchase price is usually a good indicator of the fair market value. Some exemptions may apply, including for first-time home buyers.
  • GST: GST is payable to some degree on the purchase price on all new homes or substantially renovated homes, although partial rebates maybe available. A resale residential home is usually exempt from GST. GST is also applicable on all services associated with the purchase for example, home inspection.
  • Property Tax: You will be required to pay your portion of the property tax as of the Adjustment Date.
  • Extra charges: you may also be required to pay the costs of such things as heating oil in the tank, or other costs incurred by the seller, but included with the house, prior to the closing day.
  • Hook-ups: there may be hook-up charges required for appliances and services such as telephone, TV cable, hydro and other utilities.
  • Moving costs: don’t forget the basic costs involved in moving from your old place into your new home, particularly if you use a professional moving company.

Our Team can explain further details on closing costs — just remember to add them to your financial plan when saving to buy a home.

This information is provided by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia for the information and benefit of consumers.