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Closing Costs in Torono (Ontario)

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FLAT RATE LEGAL FEE $0.00
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Ontario Land Transfer Tax:$0.00
Toronto Land Transfer Tax:$0.00
Ontario Land Transfer Tax:$0.00
Toronto Land Transfer Tax:$0.00
Ontario Land Transfer Tax:$0.00
Toronto Land Transfer Tax:$0.00
Ontario Land Transfer Tax:$0.00
Ontario Land Transfer Tax Rebate:$0.00
Ontario Land Transfer Tax Rebate:$0.00
Ontario Land Transfer Tax Rebate:$0.00
Toronto Land Transfer Tax Rebate:$0.00
Toronto Land Transfer Tax Rebate:$0.00
Toronto Land Transfer Tax Rebate:$0.00
Government Registration Fee(S)$0.00
Government Registration Fee(S)$0.00
Total:$0.00

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WHAT ARE CLOSING COSTS

When purchasing a property, it’s important to always factor in the additional expenses associated with the purchase. This includes the closing costs for your home or business. Closing cost fees include:

  • Home Inspection
  • Deposit on the Purchase of Property
  • Property Appraisal Fee
  • Balance on the Purchase of your Property
  • Legal fees & Disbursements
  • Title Insurance
  • Land Transfer Tax
  • Closing Adjustments
  • High Ratio Insurance
  • Status Certificate (for condo purchases)
  • HST on New Home Purchases
  • New Home Warranty Program Premiums

Home Inspection Fee

Prior to placing an offer on a property, the buyer needs to pay a home inspector to assess the condition of the house. This includes evaluating structural soundness, appropriate insulation, working utilities, and sound roofing, along with a standard detailed list of additional items. Sellers who want to ensure a clean and rapid sale, often ensure their home is in acceptable condition prior to listing it on the market. If the home inspection uncovers significant items that will require repair, it may affect the offer that the buyer will make on the property.

Deposit on the Purchase of the Property

The minimal deposit a buyer may pay is 5% of the property purchase price, however, in the current competitive real estate market, buyers frequently offer a significantly higher deposit to the seller as a goodwill gesture to close the deal quickly. If there is a bidding war on the property, sellers are motivated to accept offers from those who present them with a significantly higher deposit than the 5% minimum. Typically, the payment is made within 24 hours of an offer being accepted.

Property Appraisal

This appraisal is a monetary valuation of the house which serves to establish the fair market value of the property. It is often performed by the lender once the offer has been accepted but before the mortgage has been advanced and the buyer takes possession. Most large banks in Canada cover the cost of the property appraisal, however if a buyer works with a smaller lender, the buyer may be required to pay for the appraisal directly.

Balance on the Purchase of your Property

This fee is the amount owing after deducting the deposit you made on your purchase. Normally this balance is covered by your lender/bank and is your mortgage

Legal Fees & Disbursements

Prior to closing, a buyer must engage a real estate lawyer who will ensure that they are protected on the legal front. A lawyer will review the Offer to Purchase, register the deed and mortgage, perform the title search, organize the closing documents and settle any outstanding disbursements for their client.

Title Insurance

Title Insurance policies are purchased when property changes ownership. This insurance protects the buyer against an unknown defect in the title of property. Title insurance is normally organized by the buyer’s real estate lawyer. Title Insurance is not required, we strongly recommend that you buy it because it protects you against a wide range of risks, including fraud, forgery and title defects to name just a few. In addition, having Title Insurance eliminates otherwise required steps such as acquiring an up-to-date land survey (aprox. $1000) and a Compliance letter (aprox. $100).

Land Transfer Tax

All houses purchased in Ontario are subject to paying a land transfer tax. This tax is paid to the government upon closing when the deed is registered. For buyers who purchase property in Toronto, there is an additional land transfer tax that must be paid to the government as well. The land transfer tax is often the largest closing cost that buyers will incur. Land transfer fees vary depending on the price, size and location of the property
Exemptions may be made for first time homebuyers only, as well as individuals who purchase newly constructed homes. Homeowners who meet this criteria are eligible for up to a $2,000 exemption.
Toronto Land Transfer Tax: Residents in Toronto are subject to an additional Municipal Land Transfer Tax. Exemptions may be made for first time homebuyers only, as well as individuals who purchase newly constructed homes. Homeowners who meet this criteria are eligible for up to a $2,000 exemption.
Ontario Land Transfer Tax Broken down NOTE: This was taken from another site. There is no way to reword this content to make it original.

    • 0.5% – on the first $55,000
    • 1.0% – on portion between $55,000 – $250,000
    • 1.5% – on balance over $250,000
    • 2.0% – on anything over $400,000

Toronto Land Transfer Tax Broken down

  • 0.5% – on the first $55,000
  • 1.0% – on portion between $55,000 – $400,000
  • 2.0% – on anything over $400,000

Closing Adjustments

If a seller has pre-paid their property tax, utility fees, condo fees and special assessments for the year or for any period of time beyond the selling date, adjustments are made and the buyer will reimburse the seller for overpayment.

High Ratio Insurance

If the buyer’s down payment is 20% or less than the property’s purchase price, the mortgage is deemed a high-ratio mortgage. Most financial institutions and lenders will require the buyer to purchase mortgage default insurance. The cost of the insurance is calculated using a sliding scale which ranges from .5% to 2.75% of the mortgage amount. Buyers are permitted to add it to their mortgage balance.

Status Certificate

This fee is only relevant for those who purchase a condominium. The status certificate details the condominium corporation’s financial and legal affairs, and highlights any outstanding special assessment fees.
HST on New Home Purchases: As of July 1, 2010, new home purchases became subject to HST, however, new homeowners can qualify for a deduction which is calculated by lowering the provincial sales tax applied to the first $400,000 of the purchase price to 2%. It can happen that a builder includes HST in the purchase price, so it is important to have clarification on who will pay the HST prior to the closing date.

New Home Warranty Program premiums

In Ontario, it is mandatory that new home builders purchase warranty coverage for each home they build, through Tarion Corporation. This warranty is valid for 365 day. Builders often include the cost of this coverage at the time of sale, however some builders can charge the premium back to the buyer afterward, as a part of the disbursements at closing. It is important to clarify the warranty coverage and how it will be reflected at the time of purchase.

HOW MUCH ARE CLOSING COSTS

Closing costs are calculated based on a variety of factors, including the purchase price of the house or commercial property and the location. Land transfer tax calculators can assist in arriving at an accurate tax payment. . The following is a starting point/range for these costs:

    • Home Inspection ($350 and up. Paid on site to the inspection company once they have completed the job)
    • Deposit on the Purchase of Property (A minimum deposit of 5% of the property purchase price)
    • Property Appraisal Fee ($400 and up. Normally absorbed by the lender)
    • Balance on the Purchase of your Property
    • Legal fees & Disbursements ($1800 and up. Paid in full on day of closing)
    • Title Insurance ($300-$400. Normally included as part of legal fees and disbursements)
    • Land Transfer Tax (Land Transfer Calculator will provide that calculation)
    • Closing Adjustments ($200 and up. Contingent on the seller’s pre-payment plans)
    • High Ratio Insurance (Based on the cost of the mortgage secured)
    • Status Certificate (For condo purchases only. Normally up to $100 and included as part of legal fees and disbursement)
    • HST on New Home Purchases
    • New Home Warranty Program Premiums
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HOW DO YOU CALCULATE CLOSING COSTS

Closing costs are calculated based on a variety of factors, including the purchase price of the house and its location. Land transfer tax calculators can assist in arriving at an accurate land transfer tax.

CLOSING COSTS FOR SELLERS

Real Estate Agent Commissions
These fees may vary depending on the property and location, but range between 3%-7% of the sale price.
Legal Fees
Can start at $500 but will depend on the complexity of the sale and time involved to resolve any outstanding issues.
Repairs: Can start at a few hundred dollars, if your home is in excellent condition, but it may also entail investing a few thousand dollars to update a kitchen or bathroom in the hope of increasing the purchase price
Staging: Often sellers choose to work with a home staging professional who will advise on decluttering spaces, re-arranging furniture to create a larger sense of space, and adding temporary accents, pillow and pictures to provide and updated and modern version of your home. Staging fees can start at $500.
Storage
To show your house in its most favourable and spacious light, it’s often recommended that sellers put some of their items in storage for a short amount of time. Storage fees can start at $200 and depend on the duration of time required, as well as the size of the locker.

CLOSING COSTS FOR BUYERS

  • Home Inspection ($350 and up. Paid on site to the inspection company once they have completed the job)
  • Deposit on the Purchase of Property (A minimum deposit of 5% of the property purchase price)
  • Property Appraisal Fee ($400 and up. Normally absorbed by the lender)
  • Balance on the Purchase of your Property
  • Legal fees & Disbursements ($1800 and up. Paid in full on day of closing)
  • Title Insurance ($300-$400. Normally included as part of legal fees and disbursements)
  • Land Transfer Tax (Land Transfer Calculator will provide that calculation)
  • Closing Adjustments ($200 and up. Contingent on the seller’s pre-payment plans)
  • High Ratio Insurance (Based on the cost of the mortgage secured)
  • Status Certificate (For condo purchases only. Normally up to $100 and included as part of legal fees and disbursement)
  • HST on New Home Purchases
  • New Home Warranty Program Premiums
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