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Term Lowest Fixed Rate Lowest Variable Rate
1-Year 2.49%
3-Year 2.59% 3.80%
5-Year 2.49% 2.65%
10-Year 2.99%
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Land transfer tax is charged on the purchase price of a home in British Columbia at the rates listed below. First-time homebuyers purchasing a home under $425,000 will receive a full refund of their tax. For homes between $426,000 to $450,000, a partial refund will apply.

Purchase Price of Home Marginal Tax Rate
First $200,000 1.0%
Over $200,000 2.0%

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Mortgage default insurance or CMHC insurance is required in Canada for down payments of less than 20%.


Down payment (% of home)
5%-9.99% 10%-14.99% 15-19.99% 20% or higher
CMHC insurance premium 2.75% 2.00% 1.75% 0.00%

Additional criteria as of July 9th, 2012:

  • The maximum amortization available on an insured mortgage (less than 20% down) is 25 years.
  • Homes sold for more than $1,000,000 do not qualify for CMHC insurance and, therefore, require a down payment of at least 20%.

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BC First Time Home Buyer Freebies

  • First time home buyer Tax Credit

    Get $750 dollars back on your personal tax return.

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  • Land transfer tax rebates

    Save up to $6,800 at
    time of closing.

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  • RRSP Home buyers Plan

    Access up to $25,000 from
    your RRSP tax-free.

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