Home Buying Expenses

Home Buying Expenses

What are the expenses for home buying in Ontario?

When purchasing a home in Ontario, there are several expenses beyond the actual purchase price that you need to be prepared for. These expenses can vary based on factors like the property's purchase price and your specific circumstances.

Here are some common home buying expenses in Ontario

  1. Down Payment: This is the initial payment you make towards the purchase price of the home. The minimum down payment required depends on the purchase price and can range from 5% to 20% or more.
  2. Land Transfer Tax: This is a tax paid to the provincial government based on the property's purchase price. First-time homebuyers may be eligible for a land transfer tax rebate. The amount of the land transfer tax varies and is calculated on a sliding scale.
  3. Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium: If your down payment is less than 20% of the purchase price, you'll need mortgage loan insurance. The premium is a percentage of the mortgage amount and can be paid upfront or added to the mortgage.
  4. Home Inspection: While not mandatory, it's advisable to get a professional home inspection to identify any potential issues with the property. Home inspection fees vary based on the size and complexity of the property.
  5. Legal Fees and Disbursements: You'll need a real estate lawyer or notary to handle the legal aspects of the home purchase, including title transfer and closing. Legal fees can vary based on the complexity of the transaction.
  6. Appraisal Fees: Some lenders may require a property appraisal to assess its value. The cost of an appraisal can vary.
  7. Title Insurance: Title insurance protects you from title defects or ownership disputes. It's a one-time fee that provides coverage for the duration of your ownership.
  8. Home Insurance: Mortgage lenders usually require you to have home insurance to cover potential damage to the property. The cost depends on factors like the property's value and location.
  9. Property Tax Adjustments: If the seller has prepaid property taxes, you might need to reimburse them for the portion that applies to the time you own the property.
  10. Utility Hookup Fees: If you're moving to a new property, there might be fees associated with connecting utilities like electricity, water, and gas.
  11. Moving Costs: Whether you hire professional movers or do it yourself, there will be costs associated with moving your belongings to the new property.
  12. Home Maintenance and Repairs: After moving in, you might need to spend on immediate repairs or maintenance.

It's crucial to allocate a budget for these expenditures on top of the home's purchase price. By working with Team Kalia, we will assist you in identifying these costs, ensuring a seamless property closing process.

What are the usual ongoing expenses associated with owning a home or condominium?

Here is a comprehensive list of common ongoing expenses associated with owning a home or condominium in Ontario.

  1. Mortgage Payments: The monthly payments towards your mortgage loan, which include both principal and interest.
  2. Property Taxes: Municipal taxes assessed by the local government based on the value of your property.
  3. Homeowners Insurance: Insurance coverage that protects your property against damage, theft, liability, and more.
  4. Condominium Fees (if applicable): Monthly fees paid by condo owners to the condominium corporation, covering shared expenses such as maintenance, amenities, and common areas.
  5. Utilities: Costs for electricity, gas, water, sewer, and garbage collection services.
  6. Home Maintenance and Repairs: Regular upkeep expenses, including repairs, painting, landscaping, and maintaining appliances.
  7. Property Management Fees (if applicable): If you use a property management company to handle your property, there might be management fees.
  8. Landscaping and Lawn Care: Costs associated with maintaining your yard, including mowing, landscaping, and snow removal.
  9. Repairs and Renovations:  Larger-scale repairs or improvements that are not part of regular maintenance.
  10. Internet and Cable: Costs for communication and entertainment services.
  11. Security Systems: Fees for home security monitoring services.
  12. Appliance Maintenance: Maintenance contracts or repair costs for appliances.

Remember that the actual costs can vary based on factors like the size of your property, its location, your lifestyle, and the specific services you choose to use. 

Planning and budgeting for these ongoing expenses are crucial for maintaining the financial well-being of your home or condominium ownership.