Unfortunately in Canada we have a thing called Tax. You cannot get away from it. As the old saying goes, Death and Taxes. However in February of this year the government gave first time home buyers a break. Previously all first time buyers were exempt from paying Property Transfer Tax (PTT) on all properties under $425,000. Prices have obviously gone up over the years so the government has finally increased this amount up to $475,000. Partial Exemptions exist from $475,000 to $500,000 and everything over the $500,000 mark will be hit with PTT. The PTT is calculated at a rate of one percent on the first $200,000 and two percent on the remaining value of the purchase price. If you have any questions regarding Property Transfer Tax or know of a first time buyer who is looking to get in the market do not hesitate to give me a call. 604-363-7858