If you’re ready to purchase your first home but you need a bit more money for the down payment, the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) allows you to withdraw money from your RRSP to finance the purchase of your first home.
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It’s usually best to find a balance between paying your mortgage and contributing to your RRSP. Here’s why.
In a perfect world, paying off your mortgage before contributing to your RRSP would be a good thing to do. But that would call for extreme discipline.
After your last mortgage payment, you would have to keep putting the same monthly amount aside for your retirement. That’s not very realistic.
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Another possibility is to make substantial contributions to your RRSP before buying a home. However, a home is more than a financial investment; it’s a life choice that you don’t want to put off for too long. The RRSP that you started early could help make you a homeowner more quickly through the Home Buyers’ Plan.
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You’ve been thinking about it for a few years, but you wanted to make sure you were well prepared before making such a major investment. If you’re ready to become a homeowner, you have several options. For first-time home buyers or those who have gone more than five years without owning a home, one option is the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP).
What is the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP)?
The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) is an attractive solution for assembling a down payment. This federal government program lets you withdraw money from your registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) for the sole purpose of buying or building a home for yourself or for a relative with a disability, whether they are your spouse, child, or other member of your family. The program allows you to withdraw up to $25,000.
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