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Land Titles Transfer Tax for Winnipeg Home Buyers closing costs

Land Titles Transfer Tax for Winnipeg Home Buyers

I wrote about Winnipeg Land Titles office, and the reason why there is usually a 3 to 4 week delay between the date-of-possession for a home, and the date-of-receiving money for the sale.  A while back,  I sat down with a nice couple who were writing an offer on a house, and the conversation turned to the ‘Closing Costs’  (which includes the land titles transfer tax) of the purchase.  The conversation went something like this:.

Mr. Buyer: So aside from the lawyers fees (which we had already discussed), what other costs will I need to budget for?

Bo: Well, there will be home insurance.  Good news is that you won’t have to pay any property taxes, because we’re doing this in January.  But of course you have to budget for the Land Titles Transfer Tax.

Mr Buyer:  A tax?  Just for changing the title of the house?  How much is THAT going to cost?

I did a quick mental calculation, and gave him the cost, and then watched as his face went thru the classical 5 stages of grief, from Denial (“This Can’t Be Right), to Anger ((F*#@ing Govm’t), Bargaining (Isn’t there a way around this), Depression (Oh, Man…..that’s alot of dough) to finally  Acceptance (Well,  It IS a nice house and there is NO WAY around it, short of leaving our province).  So just how much is the government raking in with this tax?

Land Titles Transfer Tax: Financial ‘kick in the ‘nads’ to buyers

Land Titles Transfer Tax calculation:

While Manitoba is not the only province to impose this tax, it is by far the most aggressive and onerous.  Thru a set of formulas, we arrive at a figure of $1720 for a $200,000-house or condo.  With Winnipeg’s average house price hovering around the $230,000 mark, we can see that our Provincial Government is collecting approx. $2000 in taxes, EVERY TIME the title of a house is transferred.  But wait, you say….  didn’t Bo just tell us that it costs $1720 for a $200K home?

Yes, but I haven’t told you the worst part:  ABOVE the $200K price, this tax adds an additional 2% on EVERY DOLLAR.

So, a $300,000 home will cost you $3720   (calculated by adding the $1720 base, plus 2% on the additional $100,000 price = $3720)

While the Land Titles Transfer Tax is especially difficult for young, first-time home buyers, even people ‘with money’ find an added tax of 4 grand or more to be a financial ‘hit’.  For that reason, Winnipeg REALTORS® have been lobbying to change this regressive tax.  Let’s bring it more in line with other western provinces. 

Ideally, inline with Alberta, where a $200K home costs $75 in Land Titles Transfer Tax and a $300K home costs $95.  But heck, let’s not even look at those numbers, lets instead compare to my wife’s home province of Saska-Bush ….  where it costs just $1200 to transfer the title of a $400,000 home.

Manitoba’s fee for transferring the Title of a $400,000 home:  $5,720

F.A.Q. About Land Titles Transfer Tax

What is Land Titles Transfer Tax in Winnipeg?

This is a one-time tax paid each time a property is ‘transferred’ between owners. It is calculated based on the value of the property. Most provinces in Canada do have a Land Titles Transfer Tax, but each jurisdiction has their own way of calculating the tax.

Who pays the Land Titles Transfer Tax?  The Buyer or the Seller?

In Winnipeg, the LTTT (Land Titles Tax) is paid by the buyer. It is paid EACH time you buy a property, house, condo or vacant land. If you sell the property at a later time, there is NO refund or credit. It is quite literally a tax grab by the provincial and civic governments.

Do I have to pay the Land Titles Transfer Tax on a Condo?

Yes, any type of residential property, including houses, condos and vacant land are subject to this tax.

How do I calculate the Land Titles Transfer Tax in Manitoba?

We have a tool that will help you embedded in our App. Its available here… Land Titles Tool.

For a look at more comparisons and for a more in-depth article on the Land Titles Transfer Tax, go to the Winnipeg REALTORS® website at https://2muchltt.com There is even a link to contact your local MLA.



Land Titles Transfer Tax for Winnipeg Home Buyers closing costsAbout the Publisher

Bo Kauffmann is a residential real estate agent with over 18 yrs experience in helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals.  Inducted into the REMAX Hall of Fame in 2010 and receiving the REMAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Bo has sold over 500 houses and condos in the Greater Winnipeg market.  He is an accredited buyer representative (A.B.R.) and a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.   Bo provides exceptional service to First-Time Home-Buyers, Seniors looking to downsize and Home Sellers of all ages.   He can be reached easily   By E-Mail or call/text him   Call/Text Here

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How To Use Keystone Matrix Search (Video) closing costs

How To Use Keystone Matrix Search (Video)

Tutorial on how to use the Keystone Matrix ® real estate search tool for home buyers (revised 2015)

Winnipeg Real Estate agents have a new tool to help people who are in the process of buying a home.  Keystone MATRIX ® is a search program which helps buyers FIND the house they want. It also keeps them informed on sales, price changes and eventually the SOLD price of a house or condo as well.

In this short, 7 minute tutorial, I will show you a few basics.  You learn how to get the most out of this excellent real estate search tool.  This is the new, revised version of Keystone Matrix®, new for 2015.

But remember, FINDING a house is the easy part. When it comes time to make an offer, being PREPARED and working with the right real estate agent is key. So if you are serious about buying a house or condo, please call me anytime and we’ll start with a short meeting to make sure that you are prepared.

REALTORS have access to an excellent new real estate search tool called Keystone Matrix
Home buyers working with a REALTOR® can make use of the new Keystone Matrix system

This video is only one part of the help a home or condo buyer will receive.  It’s helpful to know all the real estate abbreviations that are being used.

Also, many professionals are available and involved in the home buying process, there to help the home buyer achieve his/her goal.

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How To Use Keystone Matrix Search (Video) closing costsAbout the Publisher

Bo Kauffmann is a residential real estate agent with over 18 yrs experience in helping buyers and sellers achieve their goals.  Inducted into the REMAX Hall of Fame in 2010 and receiving the REMAX Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Bo has sold over 500 houses and condos in the Greater Winnipeg market.  He is an accredited buyer representative (A.B.R.) and a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist.
 
Bo provides exceptional service to First-Time Home-Buyers, Seniors looking to downsize and Home Sellers of all ages.
 
He can be reached easily   By E-Mail or call/text him   Call/Text Here



 

 

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