expected costs as a buyer

Part of our job is to make sure it is clear to you as a buyer what costs you should be expecting, before you have to pay them! These are some potential expenses to anticipate that are additional to the cost of your home.


PTT is paid on the completion of the purchase. The amount you will owe breaks down as follows:

    1% on the portion of the purchase price up to $200,000.

    2% on the portion of the purchase price from $200,000 to $2 million

    3% on the portion of the purchase price from $2 million to $3 million

    5% of the remaining balance

Note that first-time buyers are exempt when purchasing a home under $500,000. For non-Canadian-citizens, there is an additional tax. Your lawyer or notary will notify you regarding when and how this will need to be paid.


There are costs involved in working with a lawyer or notary to process the transaction. We recommend that you budget up to $1,500 to be safe.


Your mortgage lender may require an appraisal of your new home to ensure the value of the property is greater than the value of the loan. If this is required, expect to pay several hundred dollars.


You may want a home inspection either before submitting an offer, or as a subject condition of the purchase. Inspectors usually charge several hundred dollars.


This one-time premium is added to your mortgage balance and paid off over the life of your mortgage. It is required for mortgages with a down payment of less than 20%.

The premium ranges from 2.8% to 4.75% of the mortgage amount. 


While not necessarily a cost related to purchasing a house, home insurance is an expense to keep in mind and arrange to have in place starting on your Completion Date.


Property taxes for each calendar year are collected from home-owners on July 2nd. If you are purchasing your home later than this date, you will need to reimburse the seller for an adjusted portion of the property taxes. Your lawyer or notary will coordinate this amount and notify you whether you owe a portion of taxes. There is a $750 rebate available for first-time buyers.

GST (only on new homes)

For newly constructed homes, GST in British Columbia is 5% of purchase price.


We will calculate an estimation of what your closing costs will be.

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