How much money do I need down as a first time home buyer in BC?

How much money do I need down as a first time home buyer in BC?

The down payment requirements for first-time homebuyers in British Columbia (BC), Canada, were as follows:

  1. Minimum Down Payment: In Canada, the minimum down payment required to purchase a home is 5% of the purchase price for homes with a purchase price of $500,000 or less.
  2. For Homes Over $500,000: If the purchase price of the home is over $500,000, the down payment requirements change:
    • 5% on the first $500,000 of the purchase price.
    • 10% on the portion of the purchase price above $500,000.
  3. Homes Over $1 Million: For homes with a purchase price over $1 million, the down payment must be at least 20% of the purchase price.

It's important to note that these are the minimum down payment requirements set by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and other mortgage insurers. However, individual lenders may have their own requirements and may ask for a larger down payment, especially if you have a lower credit score or other risk factors.

Additionally, if you can provide a down payment of 20% or more of the purchase price, you can avoid paying for mortgage default insurance, which can save you money on your mortgage.

Keep in mind that down payment requirements and other mortgage-related rules and regulations can change over time, and they may vary depending on the type of mortgage and the lender you choose. Therefore, it's essential to consult with a mortgage broker or a financial advisor to get the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding down payment requirements and your specific financial situation.

I recommend verifying the current down payment requirements with a local mortgage lender or financial institution in British Columbia for the most current information. Your local Realtor can assist you in connecting with the right mortgage broker who can advise you of all the financing options tailored to your individual needs. As a first-time home buyer, the process can be an emotional roller coaster, I work closely with my mortgage professionals to ensure we are all working on your TEAM with the common goal of making this exciting new experience as smooth as possible. Homeownership is a dream for many Canadians and together we can make those dreams come true. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out text or call me anytime, Laura DeNobriga RE/MAX Realtor 6004-910-1235.

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