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First-Time home buyers, this one is for you!!

The big news this last month was the announcement made by the government which is being called the First-Time Home Buyers incentive.

From what we know so far you will now be able to increase the amount borrowed from your RRSP’s from $25,000 to $35,000 for each buyer, so a potential to use your RRSP’s to put down $70,000 for a couple.

Also, the details are a little vague but if you are to come up with 5% down on the purchase of an existing house, CMHC will match the amount and provide an additional 5% toward the purchase of a house. In doing so it will make home ownership more affordable by lowering monthly payments. On this program CMHC will match up to 10% on the purchase of a new build to stimulate new housing starts.

Here is what we know so far;

· Maximum purchase price under the program $505,000

· Maximum qualifying is 4 times combined household income

· Combined household income cannot exceed $120,000

While this program is aimed at First Time Home Buyers, it will have a positive impact on rents as it will free up some rentals. It may not work as well in some of the more expensive markets like Toronto and Vancouver, I think it will be welcome step in the right direction here.

If you would like more information about this program, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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