When do I have to pay GST?

You pay GST on a new home. If the home is not new, then there is no GST applicable; in addition, GST is payable on the commission when you sell your home


What is the disclosure of Remuneration?

This tells the buyer what percentage of commission his/her realtor will be receiving from the listing broker.


When should I call a mortgage broker?

As soon as you decide to buy a home


What are the advantages of being pre-approved by a Mortgage Broker?

By being pre-approved, you know what your price limit is; you are protected from an interim rise in interest rates; and sellers will take your offers more seriously


When do I have to provide my deposit?

Once you have an accepted offer; however, depending on the wording of the Contract of Purchase & Sale, it could be after subject removals are signed or there could be a clause stating it has to be received within a certain time frame (ie: 24 hours from subject removal).


How long is a typical subject period?

Usually 7 days for standard subject clauses


What is a Subject to Sale offer?

An offer with a clause that states the Buyer will complete the purchase agreement of the subject property once their house has sold


What information should I have when I buy a new house?

New Home Warranty Information or Owner/Builder declaration, an Occupancy Permit certificate satisfaction regarding deficiency and lien holdback and an understanding of who pays the HST if applicable


When can I occupy a tenanted home?

2 full calendar months after notice; after the tenant has received written legal notice. For example if a tenant is given notice Feb. 2nd, the tenant does not have to vacate until the end of April (or the 1st of May at noon depending on the terms of their agreement)


What are the most important points to be aware of in a multiple offer situation for a seller?

Each buyer’s agent presents their offer to the seller. After hearing each buyer’s agent the seller discusses each of the offers with the listing realtor; typically the sellers have 1-2 hours to decide of the offers they will accept or counter -you can only counter 1 offer at a time; typically the offers from the buyers are their “best shot” in some instances the seller will ask the best of the offers to submit their final best offer in a second round of offers


What are the most important points to be aware of in a multiple offer situation for a buyer?

The buyer should put forward their “best shot” offer; put in another way, the offer they would make if they did not expect any negotiating or back & forth; the buyer typically makes their best offer because in a multiple offer situation they may not get a second chance to go before the seller; the best option for the buyer is to have the prospective home inspected and appraised prior to making their offer


What is PTT?

A one-time provincial tax which comes into effect upon transfer of property. Property transfer tax; a Provincial Government Tax which applies on all transfers of Real Estate and is payable on the completion date; the rate of tax is 1% on the first $200,000 of the purchase price and 2% on the balance of the purchase price over $200,000; payable at completion at the lawyer’s office and payable with a separate cheque from your down payment cheque to the Minister of Finance


Under the First Time Home Buyer’s Program, eligible purchasers can claim an exemption from Property Transfer Tax if the value of the home is less than the threshold amount of $475,000, i.e., if you are buying your first home, and its fair market value is less that $475,000, you do not pay this tax.


What is the PDS?

Property disclosure statement; a form that the seller completes disclosing general and structural details; the seller is responsible for the accuracy of the answers on the form as it constitutes a representation under any contract of purchase and sale if so agreed, in writing, by the seller and the buyer


How much does a home inspection cost?

Usually $400-$600


How long does it take to get financing?

Typically 2-5 business days if pre-qualified


How long is Completion period usually?

Typical time is 30-60 days


What items are included with a home?

In most cases appliances, window coverings & fixtures


How long are offers open for acceptance?

Usually for the day written or up to 24 hours


As a seller, what information do I need to give my lawyer?

Once you’ve negotiated the sale of your home, your real estate lawyer will need to see a copy of the accepted offer, your latest property tax and utility bills, all mortgage information, and any other property ownership documents


What are the possession and adjustment date?

The possession date is the day that you take ownership of the house; the adjustment date is usually the same day as the possession date and is when anything between possession and completion that got missed must be taken care of