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Breaking News: B.C. offers interest-free loans up to $37,500 to first-time homebuyers!!!

Breaking News: B.C. offers interest-free loans up to $37,500 to first-time homebuyers!!!

The B.C. government is offering to help first-time homebuyers cover the cost of a mortgage down payment with an interest-free loan.

The B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program will provide a maximum of  $37,500 — or up to 5 per cent of the purchase price — with a 25-year loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first five years.

"The dream of home ownership must remain in the grasp of the middle class here in British Columbia," said Premier Christy Clark.

The intention of the program is to assist people who can afford the mortgage payments on a new home but are challenged to make the down payment.

The province will start accepting applications for the program on Jan. 16, 2017.

Homebuyers will pay no monthly interest or principal payments over the first five years as long as the home remains their principal residence.

After the first five years, homebuyers begin making monthly payments at current interest rates.

Homebuyers will repay the loan over the remaining 20 years, but may make extra payments or repay it in full at any time without penalty.

The maximum purchase price of a home that qualifies for the loan is $750,000.

There are substantial eligibility requirements. Applicants must be permanent Canadian residents for the past five years and B.C. residents for the past year.

The income or combined income of applicants must be $150,000 or less. Homebuyers needs to be pre-qualified for a high-ratio insured mortgage and can buy anywhere in B.C.

The province provided an example of a home purchase price of $475,000. The minimum down payment required for an insured first mortgage is $23,750. The new buyer would be able to receive up to a $11,875 interest free loan for five years under the new program.

The loan support will run for three years and the province estimates about 42,000 new homebuyers will take advantage of the program.

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Alexandra Axsen
Lake Okanagan Realty Ltd.
Owner/Managing Broker
Tel: (250) 870-2792
Fax: (778) 484-5252
Email: Alex@LakeOkanaganRealty.com
www.LakeOkanaganRealty.com

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