How much extra do I need to close my deal?

Closing Costs

Closing costs are the additional charges you will need to have money for when your house closes.   Many people are often surprised at the additional costs over and above the price of the home. 
According to the CMHC and Genworth Financial you should have at least 1.5% of the purchase price for closing costs in addition to the down payment (have around 2.5% to be on the safe side). The costs vary among provinces and cities.
Home Inspection Fee Generally Required with Resale Homes
Certified Home Inspector
Below you will find a brief explanation of these costs. Please note these are some of the closing costs you may encounter depending on your specific situation. Use this as a guideline then talk with your lawyer who can provide a more realistic estimate for your situation.

Appraisal Fee Generally Required with New Homes

An appraisal provides the lender with a professional opinion of the market value of the property. This cost is normally the responsibility of the homeowner and it can cost between $100 – $300.

Home Inspection Fee Generally Required with Resale Homes

A qualified home inspection, top to bottom, is for the benefit of the buyer. A home inspection can cost anywhere from $300 – $400 and is well worth the investment. When hiring a home inspector make sure the inspector has liability insurance just in case they overlook something.

Fire Insurance

Mortgage lenders require a certificate of fire insurance to be in place from the time you take possession of the home. The amount required is generally the amount of the mortgage or the replacement cost of the home. This cost can vary on the property size, amount of coverage, the insurance company and the municipality. The cost can vary anywhere from $250-$600 annually for most properties.

Provincial Sales Tax on Mortgage Insurance

If your mortgage is insured, (CMHC or Genworth Financial), you will be required to pay the applicable taxes on the insurance premium on closing. While the insurance premium can be added to the mortgage amount, the tax must be paid at closing.

Land Survey Fee or Title Insurance Fee

A recent survey of the property is usually required by lenders. If one is not available the cost can range between $600 – $900 for a new survey. In lieu of the survey most lenders today will accept title insurance which can cost considerably less.

Legal Costs and Disbursements

Lawyers and notaries charge fees for their services involved in drafting the title deed, preparing the mortgage, and conducting the various searches.
Disbursements are out-of-pocket expenses incurred during the process such as registrations, searches, and supplies. Shop around or ask your Realtor, some are cheaper than others.

Land Transfer Tax

Most provinces charge a land transfer tax payable by the purchaser. The amount varies depending on the province. Land transfer tax is based on the purchase price. First time home buyers purchasing a new or re-sale home may be entitled to a refund.

New Home Warranty

Land Transfer Tax
Added expenses
In most provinces new homes are covered by a new home warranty program. The cost to the purchaser for this warranty is approximately $600 and should the builder default or fail to build to an agreed-upon standard the fund will finish or repair the deficiencies to a maximum amount. For more information on Ontario new home warranty visit


HST is payable on the purchase of a newly constructed homes only. If you are purchasing a new home make sure you know who pays this, you or the builder. On the offer the purchase price will say “Plus HST” or “HST Included” and who gets any HST rebates. Many builders have included this cost into the purchase price so the buyer does not have to come up with it at closing.

Closing Adjustments

An estimate should be made for closing adjustments for bills the seller has prepaid such as property taxes, utility bills, and other charges. Any bills after the closing date are the responsibility of the purchaser. A lawyer will let you know what they are once the various searches have been completed.

Fees Associated When Buying a Home

When you purchase a home, there are various fees in addition to your mortgage that you’re responsible for. An unexpected bill’s the last thing you want when you go to pick up your keys. Closing costs will vary depending on individual circumstances but here’s a brief summary:

Title Insurance – Assures title to the property. Costs usually range from $200 to $400.

Legal Fees – Vary depending on the complexity of your situation but could cost up to $1,000.

Mortgage Insurance & Appraisal – Prepare yourself by speaking with your lender so you’re aware of all the upfront costs associated with your mortgage.

Taxes/Fees – Depending on your situation, there could be various transfer fees and taxes to pay that could range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.There are also some expenses that you’ll want to keep in mind after you receive your keys (often referred to as post closing costs) which could include:

Moving Costs – Factor in the costs of a moving and/or packing company. If you decide to move yourself, don’t forget the cost of the rental truck.

Connection Fees – You may have to pay for hook ups at your new place which could include electricity, gas, cable TV, telephone, Internet, etc.

Renovations and Repairs – It’s a good idea to set some money aside for potential repairs that may arise. Home ownership is all about expecting the unexpected!

Miscellaneous – Costs could include such things as having the locks changed, decorating, window coverings, appliances, etc.

This summary is by no means all inclusive as closing costs vary from situation to situation but they usually represent somewhere between 2 – 4% of the purchase price.

It’s best to discuss your circumstances with your Realtor for a more accurate estimate. Buying a home can be an emotional roller coaster but you’ll enjoy a smoother, less stressful ride if you’re aware of what lies ahead.

If you are looking for someone to help walk you through the process and take care of your real estate needs, please call me at 905-619-9500 or visit today.

P.S. – Rates are going up so lock in your rate today….. it will save you $$$$ in the long run.

Have an awesome day !