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By : Joy Paterson    99 or more times read
In today’s economy, owning a home in Toronto has become a more affordable option than ever before. With longer amortization periods and with access to programs such as the 5% Down Program buying a home is not as daunting of a task as it may seem.

If you are currently renting in Toronto, compare your rental payment to the monthly amount you would pay if you owned a home or condo. When determining your monthly expenses don’t forget to take your mortgage payments, monthly maintenance fees, and taxes into consideration. After doing the calculations you may find that it is more affordable to buy rather than rent.

As a first time home buyer there are a few incentive programs that you can take advantage of:

  1. RRSP Home Buyers Plan

    As a 1st time home buyer you can withdraw up to $25,000.00, from your RRSP to put towards the purchase of your principle residence (income tax free).

  2. 5% Down Program

    With as little as 5% down, buyers have access to Mortgage insurance enabling them to enter the housing market as long as they can manage the other costs of home ownership. Talk to your bank or a mortgage specialist.

  3. Land Transfer Tax Rebate Program

    First Time buyers who purchase a newly constructed home receive a rebate on the Provincial Land transfer tax up to a max of $2000. (Equivalent to a purchase price of $227,500).

  4. Toronto Land Transfer Tax Rebate Program

    First-time home buyers (re-sale or newly constructed) may qualify for the rebate on the Toronto Land Transfer Tax when purchasing a home in Toronto for up to $3,725 (Equivalent to a purchase price of $400,000). Some conditions apply to this rebate.
Written by Joy Paterson, Sales Representative, Right at Home Realty Inc, Brokerage.

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