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If you haven’t purchased a home within the last four years (or lived in a spouse’s home in the same timeframe), you may qualify for the government’s RRSP Home Buyer’s Plan. With this plan, you may borrow up to $25,000 tax-free from your RRSP to fund your down payment. Just keep in mind that the money must be in your RRSP at least 90 days before the purchase of your house - so plan ahead!
The First Time Home Buyer’s Plan is advantageous for Canadians because generally speaking, early withdrawals from RRSPs are considered taxable income. In this case, they’re exempt but you must start repaying the amount borrowed from the RRSP two years after you buy over a 15-year period.
After all, it is currently a buyer market in Calgary and Okotoks! If you're thinking about buying a home in Calgary, Okotoks or the surrounding areas reach out and find out how we can help you through the process of finding your first home!