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Grants, Rebates, Credits and Deferment Programs for (First Time) Home Owners by Geraldine Santiago
Grants, Rebates, Credits and Deferment Programs for Home Owners by Geraldine Santiago
The programs and incentives listed below are designed to help first time home buyers and owners by offering rebates, grants, credits, and deferment programs for those who qualify.
1. Home Buyers’ Plan Qualifying homebuyers can withdraw up to $25,000 (couples can withdraw up to $50,000) from their RRSPs for a down payment. Homebuyers who have repaid their RRSP may be eligible to use the program a second time. (Go to www.cra.gc.ca, enter "Home Buyers’ Plan" in the search box or, phone 1.800.959.8287.) 2. GST Rebate on New Homes New homebuyers can apply for a rebate of the federal portion of the HST (the 5% GST) if the purchase price is less than $350,000. The rebate is up to 36% of the GST to a maximum rebate of $6,300. There is a proportional GST rebate for new homes costing between $350,000 and $450,000. (Go to www.cra-arc.gc.ca, enter "RC4028" in the search box or, call 1.800.959.8287.) 3. BC New Housing Rebate (HST) Buyers of new or substantially renovated homes priced up to $525,000 are eligible for a rebate of 71.43% of the provincial portion (7% of the 12% HST) ... more
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