Costs For Sellers

Lawyer or Notary Fees & Expenses

Includes attending to the execution of documents and discharging of any encumbrances.

Obtaining a Clearance Certificate

You will need a Clearance Certificate from Revenue Canada prior to the completion date of your transaction. The current wait for a Clearance Certificate is 6 to 8 weeks, so it is important to contact your accountant as soon as an accepted offer has been received. Before issuing the Clearance Certificate, Revenue Canada will need to collect any tax payable on the property to be sold.

Pre-payment penalties

In Canada, a mortgage is for a fixed term usually between 6 months and 5 years. There are penalties to selling the property before the term of the mortgage is up and are usually the greater of three months' interest or the interest rate differential.

Real Estate Agent's Commission

Goods & Services Tax (GST)
The GST is a 5% tax that, in the case of a vendor, applies to the commission fee and other services related to the sale.

Adjustments for Ownership

This may include taxes, WRA assessment, strata fees

Capital Gains Tax

The rate of the Capital Gain tax is 33.33% of the 'gain'. To determine the adjusted cost base in calculating capital gain, Revenue Canada allows for the following:

  • Property Transfer Tax
  • Legal fees and disbursements associated with the purchase
  • Furnishings and renovations included in the selling price
  • A portion of the interest on mortgage payments
  • GST fees associated with the purchase
  • Revenue Canada does not allow any deductions from the selling price in determining the gain. However, by filing a Canadian tax return with Revenue Canada after the sale, some of the tax paid may be recovered.

Revenue Canada does not allow any deductions from the selling price in determining the gain. However, by filing a Canadian tax return with Revenue Canada after the sale, some of the tax paid may be recovered.


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Sarah Morphy Macdonald Realty Whistler 
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