Home Buying Costs

There are several costs which today’s homebuyers will need to consider. First time home buyers will especially need to consider these upon purchasing a first home. Some of the home buying expenses are one-time costs while others are on gong or continuing costs. The main cost at the beginning is a down payment, which represents can represent as low as 5 -10% of the purchase price for a first time home buyer.

Buyers should be prepared to pay for additional costs, such as:

  • Legal Fees & Disbursements
  • GST and PST (if applicable)
  • Property or Land Transfer Tax
  • Adjustments (reimbursed to the vendor)
  • Interest
  • Property Taxes
  • Utility Payments
  • Strata or Condominium Fees
  • Estoppel certificate fee
  • Survey Fee
  • Home Inspection Fee
  • Water quality and quantity certificate
  • Appraisal Fee
  • Mortgage broker’s fee (if applicable)
  • Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium (if only 5% down)
  • Mortgage Loan Insurance Application Fee (if only 5% down)
  • Moving Expenses
  • Renovations and repairs
  • Furniture, paint, carpeting, window coverings, etc.
  • Service and Utility Hook-up Fees
  • Property/Condominium Insurance
  • Mortgage Application Fee
  • Deed and/or Mortgage Registration Fee

Ongoing-Continuous Costs

  • Mortgage Payment
  • Water and/or Sewer Payments
  • Electricity and Gas Services
  • Cable and Telephone Services
  • Property Taxes
  • Strata or Condo Fees
  • Repair/maintenance Expenses
  • Homeowner’s Insurance