If you still have room in your contribution limits, go ahead and make another deposit at least 90 days before you go home shopping.
You’ll be able to take that money out and use it as a down payment, and STILL receive the tax refund as well. This is actually a neat little trick for anyone looking to buy their first home. Check this out:
Let's say that you have $10,000 saved for a down payment. On Jan. 2nd, you deposit this into your RRSP (assuming you still have the contribution room for the previous year).
You file your income tax return, claiming a $10,000 RRSP contribution, which will get you a refund.
The size of the refund depends on your tax bracket. For this exercise, let’s assume that bracket is 30%.
On April 15th, you pull out the $10,000 to be used as a down payment on your first home. This is done WITHOUT penalty or loss of any kind. (Some lenders may charge an admin. fee, so check with them on this)
End of April, our federal govt sends you a tax refund which is now $3,000 larger than normal (30% of $10,000). This additional money is like a gift from the government. You can use it as part of your down payment or closing costs. For more info and to check this out, contact my friend and expert Thomas Johnson of Cascade Financial in Winnipeg.