Home Buying Preparedness: Understand your closing costs and ongoing expenses
August 3, 2017 | Posted by: Paul Williams
According to a TD Canada Trust First-Time Home Buyers Report, one of the biggest lessons learned by 60 per cent of new home buyers was that they should have been more thorough when budgeting and accounting for all of the costs of homeownership.
Generally you need to set aside 2 to 4 per cent of your home’s selling price in total closing costs, which can include:
□ Appraisal fee
□ Home inspection
□ Tax: depending where you are, it’s called a Land Transfer Tax, Land or Deed Registration Fee, Tariff or Property Purchase Tax. This tax can take buyers by surprise because the amount can be substantial. Ask your mortgage broker for an estimate of what this can add up to in your situation.
□ Legal fees
□ Title insurance
□ Utility hookups
□ Reimbursement of bills pre-paid by the previous owner, for instance property tax or utility bills
□ Interest adjustment
□ Moving costs
When setting your budget, you also need to consider the ongoing costs that will become a part of your monthly homeownership expenses, which include:
□ Home insurance
□ Property taxes
□ Utilities – gas/hydro/water
□ Ongoing maintenance
TALK TO US EARLY. WE’LL MAKE SURE YOU ARE CLEAR ON ALL OF THE COSTS AND ONGOING EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH A NEW HOME. GET OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT IN YOUR HOME BUYING JOURNEY!