Cecilia Gatchalian

RE/MAX Real Estate Services

Cell 604-880-3077

Office 604-263-2823

Email: cgatchalian@remax.net

Closing Costs

Once you know what kind of mortgage you want and the price of the house you can afford, you should add up all of the other costs involved in buying a house so that you know the true cost of buying your home.

Appraisal Fee

An appraisal is an estimate of the value of the home. Your bank or credit union may require that the property be appraised at your expense. This can range between $250 and $350.


A deposit is required to ensure that the buyer is serious about purchasing the home. It can form part of your down payment, but it must be paid when you make the Offer to Purchase.


Goods & Services Tax

If you purchase a newly constructed home, you may be subject to 7% GST on the purchase price. However, if the home is under $350,000 a rebate will reduce the GST paid to 4.48% of the purchase price. If the price is over $350,000 the net GST to be paid increases gradually until it is a full 7% at amounts over $450,000.

Down Payment

You will need a down payment (money paid up front) to obtain a mortgage. With a down payment of 20 per cent or more of the home’s price, you can obtain a conventional mortgage. Your down payment must be at least five per cent of a home’s price for you to benefit from a competitive interest rate.

Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium

If you have less than a 20 per cent down payment, your bank or credit union may require that you buy mortgage loan insurance. You can add the mortgage insurance premium to your mortgage or pay the full amount when you close the sale on the house.

Home Inspection Fee

A home inspection, which costs around $500, is a report on the condition of your home. You may want to make your inspection a condition of your Offer to Purchase, to make sure you are aware of the condition of the house before you agree to buy.

Property Purchase Tax

A property purchase tax of 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the balance will be applicable. If you are a first time home buyer, you are exempt from this tax up to $425,000

Prepaid Property Taxes and/or Utility Bills

These charges are meant to reimburse the person who is selling the house for amounts already paid for, such as property taxes, filling the oil tank, etc.

Property Insurance

The insurance covers the cost of replacing the structure of your home and its contents. Property insurance must be in place on the day you close the sale.

Survey or Certificate of Location Cost

The bank or credit union may ask for an up-to-date survey or certificate of location prior to finalizing the mortgage loan. This can range in price from $500 to $2,000.


Legal Fees

These fees must be paid when the sale is completed and costs a minimum of $700.

Title Insurance

Your bank or credit union, or lawyer/notary, may suggest insurance to cover any loss caused by problems in the ownership of the property.

Water Tests

If the home has a well, you will want to test the quality of the water to ensure supply is adequate and the water is drinkable.

Other Costs to Consider:


Gardening expenses
Window coverings
Decorating materials
Hand tools
Moving expenses
Renovations or repairs
Service hook-up fees
Condominium fees
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