Make Homeownership Affordable

By: Mushtaq Khan

Make Homeownership Affordable

Tags: Downpayment help for first time home buyers in Canada

The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) is a federal program that makes getting a first home easier. Under the HBP, anyone can withdraw money from their RRSP to help purchase or build a qualifying first home, either for themselves or a disabled relative.
Each year, the home buyer must pay back to their RRSP a portion of the withdrawn amount. Generally, the full amount must be repaid within 15 years.

The Benefits of the HBP

The HBP makes home ownership more affordable. Money withdrawn through the HBP essentially serves as a repayable, zero-interest self-loan. This can reduce or eliminate the need for costly mortgage insurance and reduce the amount of interest paid to lenders.
THE ISSUE
 
The HBP’s withdrawal limit is set at $25,000. Unfortunately, inflation erodes the plan’s buying power, thus reducing the ability of Canadians to afford their first home.

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