This is a strange policy indeed, but fabulous news for us. We already have a binding contract with an agreed upon price, but won’t close until March. We now either have a bunch of free money for 5 years, or we can keep an additional $37k in the bank to invest for 5 years, and use the income earned on that principal to help pay off this BC Gov loan.
Thank you BC taxpayers for the extra strength does of socialism and wealth redistribution!
Are you sure it will apply to you? Seems like you need approval before making the offer, I doubt they will just give you money after you already have an accepted contract.
How to apply
Step 1: Get preapproval for an insured first mortgage from your financial lending institution.
Step 2: Apply to BC Housing for the Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) partnership loan. If you are eligible, you will receive confirmation of eligibility and Homebuyer’s Kit which includes information for your Lender, Real Estate Agent, and Lawyer/Notary Public.
Step 3: Find your home and provide the details of your planned purchase to BC Housing for approval.
Applications for the program will be accepted starting Jan. 16, 2017, for purchases that will close on or after Feb. 15, 2017
So it says for purchases closing after 15th, but you would be doing Step 2 after Step 3.
Edited by LeoVictoria, 16 December 2016 - 10:52 AM.