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First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit (HBTC)

For many people, buying a home is the biggest financial investment they will ever make. Between the down payment, closing costs and ongoing expenses, it can be difficult to come up with the money needed to purchase a home. However, there are some programs available to help offset the cost of buying a home. The First-Time Home buyers’ Tax Credit is one such program. This tax credit is available to eligible homebuyers who purchase their first qualifying home and submit a tax return. To find out if you’re eligible for the First-Time Home buyers’ Tax Credit, click here. 

What is a Qualifying Home?

A “qualifying home” to be eligible for the HBTC must be registered in your or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s name in accordance with the applicable land registration system and it must be in Canada. It includes existing homes and homes under construction.

The following are “qualifying homes”:

  • single-family houses
  • semi-detached houses
  • townhouses
  • mobile homes
  • condominium units
  • apartments in duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, or apartment buildings

Possible Amount that can be Claimed

You can claim up to $5,000 for the purchase of a “qualifying home” in the year if both of the following apply:

  • you (or your spouse or common-law partner) acquired a qualifying home
  • you did not live in another home owned by you (or your spouse or common-law partner) in the year of acquisition or in any of the four preceding years (first-time home buyer)

New Home Buyers

The definition of a first-time buyer is an individual who has never owned a property before in Canada. If you are a newcomer to Canada and have owned a home in the country you have moved from, then you are still classed in Canada as a first-time home buyer and may be eligible to claim the HBTC.

To learn more about how to qualify for a mortgage, please call Mortgage Tree today and speak with one of our brokers 

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