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How to Reach Your Goals

Saving for a
down payment

Once you make home ownership a priority, you’ll find that saving for a down payment becomes very motivating.

Pay yourself first

Open a savings account and arrange to have a portion of your income transferred automatically to your new account. Set up a Pre-Authorized Transfer Plan to make saving a regular part of your routine.

Once you start making automatic contributions to your home ownership goal, you’ll quickly adjust to your new budget – and watching your savings grow will keep you motivated to stick to your plan.

Name your account

Most banks allow you to give your accounts a “nickname.” Give your account an inspirational name, such as “Dream House” so that you’ll feel better about having money withdrawn from every paycheque.

Keep imagining the day you get the keys

Saving for a down payment requires a temporary adjustment in priorities. But it is worth it when you imagine yourself walking through the door of your very own home. Giving up some of your current spend may seem difficult at first. Remember: the reward of home ownership will come faster if you stay committed to your plan.

Teamwork can help you save for a down payment.

Couples who agree on priorities can work together and save faster by finding ways to cut back on expenses and increase savings.

It’s OK to pick a team leader.

People excel at different tasks. If you’re buying your first home with a co-borrower, try splitting up the duties and assigning a leader to each one. It may feel like more of a team effort.

The important thing is to keep the lines of communication open and focus on your strengths.


Down Payments

Closing costs

Closing costs are the legal and administrative fees and disbursements associated with buying your home. Understanding each one will help you budget more accurately and lead to a more comfortable home buying experience.

Legal or Notary fees and disbursement

You should involve a lawyer or notary early on in the purchase process. You are responsible for paying their fees and disbursements.
Your lawyer or notary may:

  • Review the Offer to Purchase
  • Search the title of the home
  • Complete the mortgage documents
  • Register the relevant closing documents

Land Transfer Tax required for change of ownership

There may be land transfer taxes payable when you buy a home. This amount is usually based on a percentage of the purchase price of the property and varies from location to location.

Closing adjustments

Certain property expenses that the seller may have prepaid on your new home may need to be reimbursed by you before the sale is finalized. The cost of these expenses will vary. They may include:

  • Municipal property tax
  • Utilities, such as heating, hydro and water
  • Condo maintenance fees, if applicable

Here are some of the other costs that some home buyers may expect.

Expand Mortgage Default Insurance

If you'll be putting less than 20% down on the purchase of you home, you will be required to pay for mortgage default insurance.

  • The amount of the premium will depend on the amount you are borrowing and the percentage of your own down payment
  • Typical fees range from 0.5% - 2.9% of the amount of your mortgage
  • You may add this fee to your mortgage amount, or pay it in full with cash up front when you close

For more information visit Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) or Genworth Financial Canada

Expand Property/Fire insurance is a must

You will be required to have proof of insurance for your mortgage lender effective at the time you legally take possession of your new home.

  • This insurance must at least cover the replacement value of the home, and contents
  • Some insurance companies may require evidence of a home inspection before insuring certain types of dwellings

Expand A property survey

A survey is a document that specifies the exact size and boundaries of your property, as well as the location of the building on the property and the type and size of the building including additions, if any.

If you are planning on doing any building - such as constructing a fence, deck, or adding on to your new home - a survey will help you know the boundaries you need to work within.

Expand Have a home inspection

During a home inspection, a qualified professional will look over your potential new home, and outline any repairs that may be required.

  • These may be minor or major areas of concern
  • They may be immediate requirements, or things to be mindful of for the future
  • You may be able to use the results of the inspection to negotiate some price changes in the purchase price.

Expand Valuation fees

For all mortgages, a valuation of the property is required before finalizing your mortgage and the cost for this will be determined by your lender.

Expand Status Certificate

If you are purchasing a condominium, this certificate outlines a condominium corporation's financial and legal state of affairs and you may be asked to provide a copy of this document when you apply for your mortgage.
Fees for this certificate may vary.

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