Closing Costs

Closing costs are a list of charges your lawyer presents to you on the closing date of you home. Many people are surprised at the additional cost 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, I suggest you have 2.5% just to be on the safe side. The costs vary among provinces and cities. Below you will find a brief explanation of these costs. Please note these are some of the closing costs you may encounter depending upon your specific situation. Use this as a guideline, then speak with your lawyer who will provide a more realistic estimate for your situation.


Generally required with new homes, an appraisal provides the lender with a professional opinion of the market value of the property. This cost is normal the responsibility of the homeowner and it ca n cost between $100-$300.


Generally required with resale homes, a professional inspection of the home 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.


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 depending upon the property size, amount of coverage, the insurance company and the municipality. The cost can be anywhere from $200-$600 annually for most properties.


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.


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.


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.


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 resale home may be entitled to a refund of the land transfer tax.


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 newly constructed homes only. If you are purchasing a new home, make sure you know wo pays this, you or the builder. On the offer, the purchase price will say “Plus HST” or HST included” and will stipulate which party is entitled to any HST rebates. Many builders include this cost in the purchase price so the buyer does not have to be concerned with paying it as an additional cost at closing. Buyers should be careful when purchasing vacant land as newly severed property may be subject to HST.

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