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Guide to Home Buying

Purchasing a home involves one-time costs and monthly expenses. The largest one-time cost is the down payment. It usually represents between 5-25% of the total price of the property.

In addition to the actual purchase price, there are a number of other expenses that you might be expected to pay for. These are listed below:

Typical One-Time Expenses

Expense Paid
Mortgage Application and Appraisal Fee At time of application
Appraisal Fee At inspection
Property Inspection (optional) Closing
Legal Fees Closing
Legal Disbursements Closing
Deed and/or mortgage registration Closing
Property Survey (sometimes provided by seller) Closing
Land Transfer, Deed Tax or Property Purchase Tax (in Quebec within 3 months following signing) Closing
Mortgage Interest Adjustment and Take Over Fee (if applicable) Closing
Adjustments for Fuel, Taxes, etc. Closing
Mortgage Insurance (and application fee if applicable) Closing
Home and Property Insurance Closing and on-going
Connection charges for utilities such as gas, water and electricity Date of move
Moving Expenses Date of move

Other costs may include landscaping, redecorating, furnishings, appliances and repairs. Typical monthly costs incurred with home ownership are mortgage payments, maintenance, insurance, condo fees, property taxes and utilities.