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Closing

What does the term closing mean?

Closing refers to the preparation for the transfer of ownership of a property from the seller to the buyer.

There is no standard method for closing. In some places, “round table” closings bring all parties together at the closing table. In other areas, buyers and sellers complete the process through separate, individual appointments with their lawyer.

Your Royal LePage REALTOR will tell you what is customary in your area and help lead you through the process.


Closing day

Closing day is the day you become the official owner of your home.

Typically, you visit your lawyer’s office to review and sign documents relating to the mortgage, the property you are buying, the ownership of the property, and the conditions of the purchase. Your lawyer will also ask you to bring a certified cheque to cover the closing costs and any other outstanding costs.

Once the mortgage and the deed for the property are officially recorded, you become the official owner of the property and your lawyer will call you to pick up the keys to your new home.  Congratulations! You’ve just bought a home!


Land Transfer Tax

Purchasers in most large Canadian centres can add Land Transfer Taxes to their list of closing costs. Unless you live in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or rural Nova Scotia, Land Transfer Taxes (or property purchase taxes) are a basic fact of life.

Land Transfer Taxes, levied on properties changing hands, are the responsibility of the purchaser. Depending on where you live, the taxes can range from 0.5% to 2% of the total value of the property.

Many provinces have multi-tiered taxation systems and these can be complicated. If you purchase a property for $260,000 in Ontario, for example, 0.5% is charged on the first $55,000; 1% is charged on $55,000 to $250,000, and 1.5% is charged on $250,000 to $400,000.

Land Transfer Taxes by province:

British Columbia
Property Purchase Tax
Up to $200,000 X 1% of total property value
From $200,000 up X 2% of total property value

Manitoba
Land Transfer Tax
Up to $30,000 N/A
From $30,000 to $90,000 X 0.5% of total property value
From $90,000 to $150,000 X 1% of total property value
From $150,000 up X 2% of total property value

Ontario
Land Transfer Tax
Up to $55,000 X 0.5% of total property value
From $55,000 to $250,000 X 1% of total property value
From $250,000 to $400,000 X 1.5% of total property value
From $400,000 up X 2% of total property value

Quebec
Transfer Tax
Up to $50,000 X 0.5% of total property value
From $50,000 to $250,000 X 1% of total property value
From $250,000 up X 1.5% of total property value

Nova Scotia
Land Transfer Tax
Halifax Metro: 0% to 1.5% on total property value
Outside Halifax County: Check with local municipality.