Buying What You Can Afford

Determine What You Can Afford?

Purchasing a home involves both one-time costs and on-going expenses. The largest one-time cost that you will have is the down payment. It usually represents between 5-25% of the total price of the property. Refer to the mortgage section for more information.

In addition to the purchase price, there are a number of other expenses that you may be responsible for. Typical one-time expenses include;

  • Mortgage application (if there is a fee) and appraisal fee. Paid at the time of application.
  • Home inspection (paid at the time of inspection)
  • Legal fees (paid at the time of closing.).
  • Property survey (paid at the time of closing)
  • Land transfer tax (paid at the time of closing.)
  • Adjustments for utilities, taxes, etc. (paid at the time of closing) by your lawyer.
  • Mortgage insurance (paid at time of closing.)
  • Home and property insurance (paid at time of closing or on monthly installments.)
  • Moving expenses.

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