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How to learn the total costs of home ownership

Posted on February 9, 2018 by Jivan Sanghera

Half of Canadians who plan to purchase a home think they will only need to cover the down payment to move in.
The “closing costs” however, can add as much as another four percent of the total purchase price of the home.
Closing costs can include:
- legal or notary fees
- land registration fees
- municipal levies
- surveys
- appraisal fees
- home inspection fees
- utility hook-ups
- title insurance
- property tax and utility adjustments
Additionally, if your down payment is less than 20 % of the price, you will have to pay for mortgage default insurance plus the provincial sales tax charged on it.
Other up-front payments that may be required include moving expenses and the real estate costs for selling your old home. Even redirecting your mail is an added expense.
Source: Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC)
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