FAQ #12-18 Taxes and Other Fees By Doug Tarry Homes – Builder in St.Thomas, Aylmer and Ingersoll
Taxes and other fees:
Q. How are Municipal taxes determined?
A. Generally municipal taxes are the Community tax rate, Mill Rate, multiplied by the property value assessed on the home.
Q. What are the city taxes like in St. Thomas?
A. In the City of St. Thomas the tax rate or “Mill Rate” is 1.6%. To calculate your approximate taxes on your new home, multiply the purchase price by the Mill Rate. (i.e. $200,000 x 1.6% = $3,200 annual municipal taxes).
Q. Is the HST included in the home price, or is it extra?
A. Doug Tarry Homes includes the net applicable HST in the home and lot pricing, including what we publish on the internet. We also have a disclaimer at the bottom of all our price pages indicating that the HST is included. Not all builders include the HST in their published prices so it is important to be sure you know if it is included or not.
Q. Are there additional Fees or Levies and are they included in my purchase price?
A. Each Municipality will typically have a development charge for the lot servicing and a building permit fee for the construction of the home and they do vary from community to community. In St. Thomas development charges are just over $7K, while in London they are more than $23K. There is also a Tarion enrollment fee for each home. Doug Tarry Homes includes these fees in the price you are quoted but not every builder does.
Q. Am I responsible to pay Land Transfer Tax?
A. If you are a first time home buyer then you are not required to pay Land Transfer Tax, otherwise it is a cost due upon closing. Consult your legal advisor for costs and payment method.
Q. Are closing, or legal costs included in the purchase price?
A. No. The builder's legal fees are included, but the purchasers closing costs and legal fees are at their expense and generally due to the lawyer on closing. Consult your legal advisor for costs and payment method.