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Jamie David, Business Director Mortgages
Toronto is Canada’s most populated city, which has made it one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. Buying a home in Toronto is then made more complex by the additional regulations in place in the city.
These extra rules and fees are part and parcel of buying a home in Toronto. However, you can make life easier on yourself by getting a great deal on your next mortgage. Here's what you need to know to get a better deal.
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Comparing the best mortgage rates in Toronto
The comparison tables above list the best rates in Toronto, up to the minute. Comparing rates between multiple providers and mortgage brokers is the best thing you can do to get the lowest rate possible.
Of course, your personal rate may be different from the rates listed above. The rate you're eligible for can change based on things like your down payment, the price of the house, your credit score, which lender you choose, as well as what the property is being used for.
Luckily, you can get personalized quotes for mortgage rates without filling in a full mortgage application. Use the tools at the top of this page and we’ll provide you with personalized mortgage quotes from Toronto lenders in under two minutes.
Toronto closing costs
When applying for a new mortgage in Toronto, it’s important to be aware of the closing costs associated with all property purchases. Most of these costs will need to be paid upfront, so you’ll need to save the cash to pay for them (in addition to your down payment).
- Ontario Land Transfer Tax: Provincial land transfer taxes are collected by the Ontario government, and are between 0.5% - 2.0% of the purchase price.
- Toronto Land Transfer Tax: Unlike most cities, the City of Toronto charges its own land transfer tax on top of the provincial tax. This adds an additional 0.5 - 2.0%, depending on the purchase price.
- CMHC Insurance and PST: If your mortgage is an insured mortgage, you'll need to pay for mortgage default insurance - this will normally be included as part of your mortgage. However, provincial sales tax (PST) on your premiums must be paid upfront. Ontario currently charges 8% PST on CMHC premiums.
These are just some of the closing costs you’ll have to pay in Toronto. Learn more on our closing costs education center page.
Toronto first-time homebuyer rebates
In an effort to make it easier for first-time homebuyers to buy property in Toronto, there are first-home buyer rebates of land transfer taxes at both the provincial and municipal levels.
- The Ontario government will rebate up to $4,000 of provincial land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers.
- The City of Toronto will rebate up to $4,475 of the Toronto land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers.
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.
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