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How do land transfer taxes affect your real estate purchase?

For anyone looking to invest in real estate, land transfer taxes will affect your bottom line. When it comes to purchasing a home, there’s more to simply negotiating with the seller on the property’s price. Once a price is set, there are still the closing costs that need to be paid for and the infamous […]

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Can you afford to buy a home?

It’s a question many homebuyers need to ask themselves before diving into home ownership. Whether you’re buying the property as an investment, in which case you’ll need to figure out how much you can rent it out for, or buying the property as a place to live, your first step is to figure out how […]

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When do you expect to be mortgage free?

When you make the decision to enter the real estate market, chances are that you’ll need to take out a mortgage to afford calling your house or condo home. Canadians expect they’ll be 58 years old before they’re mortgage free, which is one year older than the average expectation last year, according to a recent […]

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Is a HELOC a good idea to tap into your home’s equity?

A Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) lets you tap into the equity you’ve invested in your home if you’re cash strapped. You might consider this option if one partner has suddenly lost their job or fallen ill and you’re running out of savings to cover your day-to-day costs. But the HELOC isn’t the only […]

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Variable rate or fixed rate mortgage?

The Investors Group mortgage rate caused a stir when the financial services company offered a rock bottom variable mortgage rate of 1.99 per cent on a three-year term. The bold move caught the eye of multiple media outlets and spurred discussion as to whether the feds would step in once again to temper the housing […]

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How much are first-time homebuyers willing to spend?

#187856790 / gettyimages.com With prices in Canada’s housing market continuously climbing with no end in sight, it’s a hard market to break into for first-time homebuyers. It’s no wonder that the average budget for a hopeful first-time homeowner has increased to $316,000, which is up $16,000 from the average budget last year, according to BMO’s […]

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GST/HST new housing rebate application for owner-built houses

If you’re a property owner filling out a GST/HST new housing rebate application, it’s important to comply with all the guidelines, and provide all the requisite paperwork. You will be using the GST/HST new housing rebate application if you’ve built a brand new house, or if you’ve made a substantial renovation to your house. How […]

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How to Claim the GST/HST New Housing Rebate

In Ontario, it’s possible to claim the GST/HST new housing rebate when purchasing a new home or condominium from a builder. This new housing rebate is also available when hiring a builder to construct a new home. Like many government-supported incentives, the new housing rebate can get confusing and complicated when trying to accommodate all […]

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