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The Cost of Buying Real Estate

Blog by Rod & Rhea Hayes | January 20th, 2013

Costs of buying a Home

By facing your new financial responsibilities head-on, you may even manage to dodge some of them. Don’t forget to ask your REALTOR® about these and other costs when calculating the total cost of your new home.

Mortgage costs

Mortgage company’s lawyer or notary

Appraisal, if applicable

Land title registration fee

Mortgage loan insurance and application fee - if you get a high-ratio mortgage (where you pay less than a 20% down payment) you will have to buy the mortgage loan insurance from CMHC or a private company. 

Legal or notary fees and expenses

Title search

Investigating title

Drafting documents

Land title registration fee

Property transfer tax 

Pre-paid property taxes or utility bills

You will need to reimburse the sellers for any prepayments.


When you buy a newly constructed home, you must pay the 12% HST.

However, new home buyers can apply for a rebate of the federal portion of the HST (the 5% GST) if the purchase price is less than $350,000. The rebate is up to 36% of the GST to a maximum rebate of $6,300. There is a proportional GST rebate for new homes costing between $350,000 and $450,000.

Appraisal fee

Before your lender approves your mortgage, you may be required to have an appraisal done. Sometimes your lender will cover this cost, if not, you are responsible. The fee ranges from $150 to $350.

Home inspection fee

A home inspection is a report on the condition of the home that can alert you to any protential issues such as moisture problems, pyrite, radon gas or urea-formaldehyde. The fee is about $500 to $700, depending on the size and complexity of the inspection.

Home insurance

To be safe, make the insurance effective on the earlier of either the completion date or the date that you pay the balance of the funds in trust.

Survey fee

Your lender may require an up-to-date survey of the property. If the seller does not provide the document, you will have to pay to have one done. The fee ranges form $150 to $350.

Moving fees

Maintenance and utility costs of your new home

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