Monday, May 30, 2011

Buying a Home? Part 2

Buying a home?  Here are some things you need to know (Part 2)
The spring house hunt is here in markets across Canada. For those navigating the home purchase process, this week we look at additional home buying tips:

6. Borrow up to $25,000 for your down payment from your RRSP – tax-free! If you are a first-time buyer, the Homebuyers Plan (HBP) allows you to withdraw up to $25,000 from your registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to buy or build your home. An Invis mortgage professional can tell you more about this program.

7. Understand closing costs. When buying a home, it pays to be informed about closing costs, which can represent up to three per cent of the purchase price, including: land transfer tax, lawyer's fees, appraisal fees, title insurance and home inspection fees.

8. Know your financing options. Many lenders offer mortgages which feature a 5% down payment, or in some cases 100% financing. If you borrow more than 80 per cent of the purchase price, your mortgage must be insured, typically by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Genworth Financial or Canada Guaranty.

9. Don't do it alone – explore the benefits offered by mortgage brokers. Mortgage brokers act as a one-stop shop for planning advice and the best rates. Invis mortgage professionals work with prospective homeowners across Canada to provide valuable advice before and during the home buying process.

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