Ontario helping first-time homebuyers.
BREAKING NEWS: New LTT rebate will help more young families achieve their dreams of home ownership.
The government says half of first-time buyers won’t pay any land-transfer tax to the province, while the half-percentage point increase on homes over $2 million will affect less than one per cent of the population.
The province takes in over $2.1 billion a year in the land-transfer tax, and the government says any increase in revenues from the increase on luxury homes will help pay for the doubled rebates for first-time buyers.
Premier Kathleen Wynne had said the government was worried about the difficulty faced by first-time buyers trying to get into the housing market, especially in the Greater Toronto Area where the average price is $762,975.
The government also announced it is freezing the property tax on apartment buildings while it reviews how it affects rental market affordability.
The changes to the land-transfer tax are outlined in the Ontario government’s fall economic statement, which says that home ownership has become a key factor in many people’s long term financial security.
The Ontario Real Estate Association had asked the government to expand the land-transfer tax rebate program for first-time buyers as one way to help more of them get into the housing market.
The city of Toronto has its own land transfer tax, which offers rebates of up to $3,725 for first time buyers.
Ontario’s land-transfer tax rises from half-a-per cent on the first $55,000 of a purchase price to two per cent for everything above $400,000. Toronto’s land-transfer tax is one per cent on the first $55,000 and two per cent on the rest.
- The Canadian Pressby
- The Canadian Press | Nov 14, 2016
Tax break for first-time home buyers in Ontario being doubled to $4,000. Takes effect January 1, 2017. http://ow.ly/tvTc3069Zpy
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Why Kathleen Wynne could offer homebuyers more than ‘small’ fixes amid sky-rocketing prices
Thanks to real estate boom, Ontario now rakes in more than $2B annually from the land transfer tax.
Ontario’s Finance Minister Charles Sousa is going to offer something “small” to help first-time home-buyers when he delivers his fall economic statement this afternoon.
But taking a look at how the province has been raking in more and more revenue by taxing sky-high house prices in a number of Ontario’s cities, you’d likely conclude he could afford to offer something a little bigger.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government now brings in more than $2 billion annually by taxing home-buyers. That’s more than double the revenue it earned just six years ago.
Keep in mind it’s the buyer who pays the land transfer tax, not the seller, so those profiting off the real-estate boom don’t feel that pain.
On the average house in the GTA, now priced at $762,975, the province charges $11,734 in tax.
Today’s fall economic statement will include “measures to address housing affordability,” Sousa indicated in a speech last week.
“We know that it’s becoming more difficult for first-time home-buyers, so we’re looking at ways to address it,” he said.