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    Alex Prasoulis

    Broker of Record

    iListRealEstate Inc. Brokerage

    The purchase price of your home or condo is only one of the fees you'll encounter. There are additional costs associated with buying a home or condo. Here are other possible costs you should be aware of:

    Mortgage loan insurance: If you are putting less than 20 per cent of the house value down, you're going to need mortgage loan insurance. Depending on the lender, the premium can be added to mortgage payments. 

    Appraisal fee: Lenders typically loan a percentage of the home's purchase price or the market appraisal of the property. Cost depends on the size and complexity of the assignment.

    Deposit: A deposit needs to be submitted when you have a formal offer to purchase completed.

    Insurance: If you are placing a mortgage on the property the lender will require proof of property insurance for the replacement value of the house and its contents from the day you take ownership.

    Title insurance: Provides coverage in case of problems with the property title among other things. The cost is relatively low, usually a few hundred dollars.

    Home inspection fee: An inspection protects the buyer by revealing any problems in the property that you'd want to know before you move in. The average cost of an inspection is between four to five hundred dollars.  

    Status Certificate fee: If you are buying a condo. It is recommended you obtain a status certificate from the condo corporation and have a lawyer review it for you. The status certificate is a detailed report with highlights the financial statements and liabilities of the condo corporation. 

    Legal fees: You will have to pay for disbursements which are the costs involved in drawing up the title deed, conducting a title search, and preparing and registering the mortgage. The average cost of the legal fee including disbursements is between one thousand to one thousand two hundred dollars. 

    Land Transfer Tax: If you are purchasing a property in Ontario then you will have to pay a Land transfer tax. First time home buyers qualify for a maximum $2,000 rebate on a $227,500 home for the provincial rebate and a maximum of $3,725 on a $400,000 home for the City of Toronto rebate. To calculate your exact Land Transfer Tax use our land transfer tax calculator on the bottom of this page. 

    Goods and Services Tax: Resale (used) homes are exempt from GST but it does apply to newly constructed homes and may qualify for a partial rebate depending on the sales price and if the home is going to be your primary place of residence.

    For new homes costing $350,000 or less, you will receive a GST rebate of 36% of the GST paid to a maximum of $8,750. The rebate for new homes costing between $350,000 and $450,000 declines to zero on a proportional basis. GST also applies to most of the services provided in completing the real estate transaction.

    Other costs: These include moving costs, fees charged by utilities for service hook-ups, property tax and other adjustments (an adjustment takes place when the seller has already paid for something in advance and wants to be credited for the unused portion on the date the house becomes yours), and ongoing maintenance (condo fees etc) and utility costs.


    For more information on costs involved in buying a home or condo feel welcome to call me at 416-856-5408 or email me at info@ilisrealestate.ca



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    If you're looking for a Real Estate Agent who's professional, courteous, and goes over and above the call of duty for his clients look no further than Mr. Alex Prasoulis. Alex was first recommended to me by a long time neighbor who was moving and selling their home. She praised his …

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    If you're looking for a Real Estate Agent who's professional, courteous, and goes over and above the call of duty for his clients look no further than Mr. Alex Prasoulis. Alex was first recommended to me by a long time neighbor who was moving and selling their home. She praised his integrity and work ethic and it was for this reason that I chose him as my realtor, despite the fact that there was already one living in my own neighborhood. I sincerely appreciate Alex's patience and understanding. When I first spoke with him, I was still in the midst of a divorce, which ended up taking 3 years to complete. Alex stuck with me and maintained communication throughout the process, giving me the time I needed. When the house finally went up for sale, it took Alex less than two weeks to sell it at above asking price. I am extremely grateful to him for all his hard work, and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking an easy and positive experience in selling their home.

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