Property Transfer Tax Exemption
As a 1st time homebuyer you are exempt from paying the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) on a property of $425,000 or less. In order to qualify you need to have never previously owned a home, anywhere in the world, any time in your life. You also need to be buying the home as your primary residence and you need to be a full-time resident of B.C. for 12 months and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
If you are a 1st time buyer and you are buying a house with a partner who has owned before, you can still claim your portion of the tax exemption. For example, if you are going to be 50% owner, as in joint tenancy, you may claim an exemption of 50% of the tax.
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