Ontario Land Transfer Tax

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Ontario Land Transfer Tax

Ontario Land Transfer TaxOntario Land Transfer Tax is charged to the homebuyer and applies whenever a land or an interest in land in Ontario is purchased,

The applicant buyer pays the Ontario’s land transfer tax at the time of purchase, the term “land” includes any buildings, buildings to be constructed, and fixtures (such as light fixtures, built-in appliances, and cabinetry).

Land transfer tax is normally based on the amount paid for the land, in addition to the amount remaining on any mortgage or debt assumed as part of the arrangement to buy the land.

In some cases, land transfer tax is based on the fair market value of the land, for example, where:

  • The transfer of a lease with a remaining term that can exceed 50 years
  • The transfer of land is from a corporation to one of its shareholders, or
  • The transfer of land is to a corporation if shares of the corporation are issued.

Current Ontario Land Transfer Tax rates as of January 1, 2017

Current Ontario Land Transfertax RateFirst-time homebuyers rebate

Up to December 31, 2016, first-time homebuyers qualify for up to 2,000 land transfer tax rebate.

Ontario Land Transfer Tax rates as of January 1, 2017

Ontario Land Transfer Tax Rate

From January 1st, 2017 onwards, the new Ontario Land Transfer Tax for first-time home-buyers will be exempted on the first 368,000 of a land purchase price and first-time home-buyers will also be eligible for up to a 4,000 tax rebate on the non-exempted amount.

Also from January 1st, 2017 the new Ontario Land Transfer Tax rate increases on properties which purchase price exceeds 2 Million, the increase is to 2.5% from a 2%.

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Gifted down payment

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Gifted Down PaymentGifted down payment

Gifted down payment are funds given to a mortgage applicant by an immediate family member to be used to qualify for a mortgage or simply to lower the mortgage amount. It is a very common and popular mechanism used by parents or siblings to support their family members financially without expecting the support being paid back

If you are planning to buy a home using a gifted down payment, you need to understand who can this Gifted down payment may come from, and, what are the mechanisms to be followed for it to be accepted.

The Government of Canada recently announced the minimum down payment requirement will be increased from 5% to 10% on the portion of a purchase price for a property that is above $500,000 but less than $1 million on insured mortgages. This change will take effect on February 15, 2016.

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Who can offer a Gifted down payment?

Immediate family members (i.e. parent, grandparent or sibling). Gifts from spouses are not acceptable.

How can a Gifted down payment be used?

A Gifted down payment can be used provided that the funds are properly verified, are non-repayable and all other characteristics of the borrower are acceptable. In most cases Gifted down payment is required to be on the applicants’ account 15 days until the time of closing.

A letter must contain the following information

  • The amount of the gift
  • A statement that the gift is non-repayable and is from non-borrowed funds
  • The full names of the mortgagor and Giftor (s),
  • The relationship between the mortgagor and the giftor(s) and
  • The reason for the gift.
  • The deposit or cheque confirming the funds have been received must be obtained.

Acceptance of Gifted down payment is subject to verification

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Region of Waterloo affordable home ownership

The Region Of WaterlooRegion of Waterloo affordable home ownership offers to allocate for families and individuals with the 5% down payment in a forgivable loan to help them purchase a home with the intention of living in it.

The residential property must be:

  • In the Region of Waterloo
  • A maximum purchase price of $243,300
  • Approved by the region of Waterloo

To be eligible to qualify for this program families and individuals must:

  • Qualify for a mortgage
  • Have a maximum household income of $73,050
  • Be at least 18 years old and currently renting
  • Not own or have an interest in a home
  • Not owe money to a Community Housing landlord
  • Be a legal resident of Canada
  • Intend to have this home as your one and only residence

This is a limited time, limited funding mortgage product.

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Owner occupied rental

Owner Occupied Rental

The owner occupied rental mortgage offers the flexibility needed to own a property while renting a fraction of it to someone else, so you can use the rental income to help repay your mortgage.

The owner occupied rental mortgage is normally used by small but growing families when their own income alone may not be sufficient to qualify for the property you need.

This type of mortgage gives you the advantage to qualify for a bigger property than what you can afford with your income

Not all properties and not all rental agreements may qualify for this type of mortgage, ask me before buying the property.

The owner occupied rental is available for purchases or refinance.

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Non owner occupied rental mortgage

Non Owner Occupied Rental

The non owner occupied rental mortgage loans help you qualify by adding the monthly rental income to your current income. As a result you are able to purchase or refinance a rented property and let the property pay for itself with the rent

Scenario: You currently have a steady job or business, a decent credit score, some savings but no time to start another business or job, and you would like to earn residual income from a real estate property.

The non-owner occupied rental mortgage is designed for those who would like to become real estate investors.

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Family Plan Mortgage

Family Plan MortgageFamily plan mortgage is a mortgage loan that allows an immediate family member to assist financially another immediate family member in the purchase of a new home

Family plan mortgage is one of the insured, owner-occupied mortgage loans, good credit rating is necessary and both members of the family must be included in the property title.

Family plan mortgage is great for the following examples:

  • A parent who wishes to help an adult entrepreneurial child buy a home

  • A parent helping to buy a home for an adult child at a post-secondary educational facility

  • An adult helping to buy a home for elderly parents who are living on a fixed income

Insured Mortgage Facts:

  • 2+ members of the family purchasing a home

  • All applicants must be on title

  • For immediate family members

Eligible properties:

  • Number of units: Max 2 – at least one should be owner occupied

  • Good conditions property in marketable area in municipality with resale value stability

  • New constructions or existing properties

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First mortgage

First MortgageFirst mortgage is the first loan registered on the real estate title.

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Save thousands on your first mortgage, know your options & get approved

Other mortgage loans can also be registered on the same property title, they would be called second or third mortgages

Reading the following will help you get approved when applying for your first mortgage

You are excited about buying your home and wouldn’t like disappointments, if this is the case read the following:

  • Is smart to have your mortgage assessment practiced before you start viewing homes, that way you’ll know what you can or can’t afford.
  • Learn about the unique advantages you are entitled to if you are a first time home buyer
  • Learn about your credit and mortgage loans and credit score
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