Posted by: Kristian Harris
Mortgage down payments can come in a variety of sizes and from various sources. Many prospective home-owners may not fully understand each of the options available to them for securing a down payment and may not understand how each of these options works.
Here is a short summary of some alternate down payment sources:
Immediate realtives (siblings, parents, grandparents) are allowed to provide ‘gifted’ down-payments for borrowers
Gifted funds are supposed to be non-repayable; to claim a gift as a borrower even though you intend to repay the money back would be considered ‘mis-representation’ by the lender because now the borrower has extra debt obligations over and above the initial mortgage.
Borrowers and givers are required to attest that the gifted funds are truly a ‘gift’ and non-repayable
First time home buyers can borrow up to $25,000 from their RRSP for down-payment
Under the Home Buyers Plan – home-buyers are required to pay back this loan starting the 2nd year after your initial withdrawal
Home buyers are required to pay back those funds over the next 15 years, with payments generally being 1/15 of your withdrawal
You can pay more or less each year towards your withdrawal; paying less than the required amount will count as RRSP income
Lenders won’t factor in these repayments in calculating your debt obligations
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