When it comes to your first mortgage in Ontario, there are many expenses that arise other than your monthly mortgage payment. There are a number of one-time, hidden expenses referred to as “closing costs” that your mortgage experts should inform you of so you are fully prepared.
At Northwood Mortgage™, we realise that your first mortgage is a big step for you, especially considering the high prices of real estate in Ontario. Beyond the closing costs and other expenses you are likely to find in a bank mortgage calculator, there are some other one-time and recurrent costs of owning a home in Ontario that you should consider.
Many bank affordability calculators leave out the cost of property maintenance and upkeep – foundation repair, roofers, electricians, plumbers, lighting, window coverings, appliances, furniture, and much more.
These calculators may factor in other existing debts, like an auto loan or student loan, but they still omit the monthly cost of water, electricity, internet, and phone service, among others. You might also need to upgrade your new house, perhaps with additional ceiling height, hardwood flooring, or granite kitchen countertops. Such expenses increase the cost of purchasing your home, and can be paid for in cash, or added to the mortgage proceeds.
The benefit of using a mortgage calculator is to help you anticipate how much you can borrow at different rates, but don’t forget to take into account additional costs of owning a home, particularly so when saving the amount needed for a down payment.
Here are some of the expenses you will incur when getting your first mortgage in Ontario:
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