One of the most well known programs designed to help first time buyers is the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) exemption. PTT is a tax payable by buyers on most real estate transactions. It is calculated at 1% of the 1st $200K, 2% of the balance – a substantial sum of money. First time buyers may be exempted from paying this tax as long as the purchase price does not exceed $425,000. From $425,000 upwards the amount of exemption decreases; the exemption is not available for homes priced at over $450,000. For many first time buyers, this saving is crucial to their ability to purchase their first home.
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