Upon completion of the transaction there are a number of additional costs which will be due and payable in addition to the agreed purchase price. These include:
If the property you are buying is to be used as your primary residence and is less than $375,000 the BC Property purchase tax is waived. You also must not own a property anywhere else in the world, have lived in Canada and BC full time for the last 12 months, and move in within 90 days and live full time for a minimum of a year. This exemption does not apply to rental or commercial properties. Your realtor can help with whether you qualify and with the paperwork on this item.
If this is a second home purchase you will need a minimum down payment of 25% of the purchase price. (30-35% if you are a non-resident of Canada). Down payments will vary depending on what type of property you are considering and at what price range (land requires a higher percentage down payment). A number of High Ratio solutions may be available as well. Please consult with your realtor or a mortgage specialist for specific details on a particular property.
Although you are not required to use a Canadian bank for financing, it is unlikely that conventional financing will be made available from a financial institution from outside the country. However, individual situations will vary and you are encouraged to investigate all potential sources of potential financing prior to making a purchase decision.
There are no restrictions on foreign ownership of real estate in Canada. However, there are financing and taxation considerations that will determine the ideal form of ownership for an overseas owner that should be reviewed. Your realtor will be familiar with these issues or can direct you to an expert to assist you.
Financing for your purchase is available for from a variety of sources in Canada. Your realtor will direct you to a selection of choices or will introduce you to an expert in arranging financing on your behalf (a mortgage broker). It is likely that you will need to provide a net worth statement and proof of income as part of this process.
Many condominiums in Whistler (particularly those that offer rental management) have a covenant (restriction) on title that outlines the permitted amount of personal use available with ownership. A Phase 1 property allows the owner unlimited use of the property, however, when not being used personally, the condominium must or can be made available for rental through a recognized rental management company (the requirement to rent varies from property to property, check with your realtor for the exact situation). A Phase 2 property limits the amount of personal usage to 56 days a year (28 days winter and 28 days summer). The balance of the time the property must be rented through the building's rental manager. Booking procedures are standardized through a sophisticated management agreement. Although this may seem restrictive, typically personal usage of a condominium in Whistler is less than 21 days a year.
Tourist Accommodation zoning permits short-term (less than 28 days) rental. These properties are generally found in and around the base of the mountains or close to major recreational amenities like the Green Lakes golf course.
Residential Zoning does not permit a property to be used for short-term rental purposes, although long term rental (over 28 days) is permitted.
Your realtor will be fully informed about all the zoning classifications that affect property in the Whistler area.