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Jamie David, Director of Marketing & Mortgages
Calgary is one of Canada’s most important cities, with a mixed population of locals, newcomers, and those staying for a temporary period of work. Add to that an important tourism industry and Calgary keeps itself pretty busy. With any busy city, of course, comes a busy housing market.
If you’re looking to get a new mortgage in Calgary or it’s time to renew your current mortgage, comparing mortgages should be a high priority. Taking the time to get a mortgage with a great rate and features that suit your lifestyle is a good investment, and will pay off for years to come.
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Calgary at a glance
- Population: 1.37 million - largest city in Alberta, 3rd largest city in Canada
- Average Detached Home Price: $605,000 in Q1 of 2022, a 20% year-over-year increase
- Average Household Income: $99,388
- Percentage of Homeowners: 74%
Fun Facts About Calgary
- Calgary is the sunniest major city in Canada, with 333 days of sunshine per year.
- Calgary is famous for hosting the annual Calgary Stampede, which is the world's largest rodeo.
Comparing the best mortgage rates in Calgary
The comparison tables on this page list Calgary’s best mortgage rates sourced up to the minute from big banks, smaller lenders and Calgary mortgage brokers. Comparing rates from multiple lenders helps ensure you’re getting the best deal.
Of course, your personal rate will likely be different from the ones shown above. Factors including your credit score, your down payment, the home purchase price as well as what the property will be used for can all impact the rate you’ll receive.
To understand what you're actually eligible for, you'll need to get personalized quotes. We can help you get personalized quotes from multiple mortgage providers for free, in just a couple of minutes. You can get started with the tools at the top of this page.
Calgary closing costs
In Calgary, closing costs are fairly minimal, thanks to the lack of any land transfer tax. However, there are still some closing costs to consider, some of which cannot be added to your mortgage. Make sure you have enough saved to cover these in addition to your down payment.
- Land transfer and mortgage fees: While Alberta doesn't have a land transfer tax, there are land transfer and mortgage fees to pay with every property purchase. Luckily, these fees are still less than land transfer taxes in some other provinces. Learn more on our page about Alberta land transfer fees.
- Mortgage default insurance: If your down payment is less than 20% of the purchase price, you'll need to pay for mortgage default insurance, also called CMHC insurance. The premium will be added to your mortgage, so you won't need to pay it up-front. Regardless, you'll have to account for it on top of your new home purchase. Note that unlike some provinces, PST does not apply to mortgage default insurance premiums in Alberta.
- GST: GST only applies to newly built properties, or on construction work you have done yourself. If you are buying a brand new property, Calgary’s 5% GST will apply. This can generally be included in your mortgage.
- Legal fees: All property transactions require changes to the land title, which must be done by a real estate lawyer licensed to practice in Alberta.
- Adjustment costs: Some taxes and fees may have been pre-paid by the seller. You'll need to reimburse them for these costs when you settle the sale.
Learn more on our closing costs education centre page.
Calgary GST rebate
There is a national rebate available for the GST charged on some new buildings that you can use in Calgary. For new homes up to $350,000 in value, you can claim 36% of the GST. For homes between $350,000 and $450,000, there are partial rebates available.
Calgary first-time homebuyer programs
There are no first-time homebuyer programs specific to Calgary. This is because most provincial first-time homebuyer programs come in the form of land transfer tax rebates, but Calgary has no land transfer tax.
That said, new homebuyers in Calgary are still eligible for federal first-time homebuyers' programs.
Jamie David is the Business Director of Mortgages at Ratehub.ca. A graduate of the Systems Design Engineering program at the University of Waterloo, she has over 15 years of business, marketing, and engineering experience in the financial technology, banking, education, energy and retail industries. She has worked in top organizations like TD Bank, Trading Pursuits, Petro-Canada, and the TTC. Her passion for personal finance, investing, education, and business strategy brought her to Ratehub.ca where she heads a very talented, cross-functional team that is dedicated to providing Canadians with the best mortgage experience all the way through from online search to (keys-in-your-hand) funded mortgage.read linkedin bio
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