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Cost Of Selling A Home In Manitoba

By Neil Sullivan, Winnipeg Real Estate Lawyer


Cost of selling a home

Selling a home in Manitoba involves more than just finding a buyer and signing a contract. It requires a thorough understanding of the associated costs and potential tax implications, including recent revisions to capital gains tax in Canada. Here’s a detailed look at the costs you can expect when selling your home in Manitoba:

1. Real Estate Agent Commission

One of the most significant expenses is the real estate agent’s commission. For residential properties, this fee ranges from 4% to 5% of the selling price and is often some of the best money you will spend. Experienced agents can help you secure a better sale price, typically more than offsetting the cost of their commission while saving you a lot of time and work.

2. Legal Fees

Legal fees are another essential cost. As a seller, you’ll need an experienced real estate lawyer such as myself, Neil Sullivan, to handle the paperwork, ensure compliance with local laws, and facilitate the closing process. In Manitoba, legal fees for a residential property generally range from $1,100 to $1,700, depending on the complexity of the sale, with ours being at or among the lowest.

3. Home Staging and Improvements

Presenting your home in its best light can help attract buyers and potentially increase your sale price. Home staging, minor repairs, and improvements can be worthwhile investments. Costs for these can vary widely, from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the scope of the work.

4. Mortgage Discharge Fees

If you’re paying off your mortgage early due to the sale, you may incur prepayment penalties, which are often three months' worth of interest, as well as administrative fees and the cost to register your discharge which can add a few hundred dollars.

5. Property Taxes and Adjustments

Any outstanding property taxes must be settled at closing. Additionally, if you’ve pre-paid property taxes for the year, your lawyer will adjust these amounts with the buyer. This process ensures each party pays their fair share of these costs.

6. Moving Costs


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Don’t forget to factor in the cost of moving. Whether you’re hiring professional movers or renting a truck, these expenses can add up quickly. The cost will depend on the distance of the move and the amount of belongings you’re transporting.

7. Capital Gains Tax

One critical aspect of selling a home in Canada is understanding the potential capital gains tax implications. If the home you’re selling is your principal residence, you’re generally exempt from capital gains tax. However, if the property is a secondary residence or an investment property, you may be subject to capital gains tax on the profit made from the sale.

8.  Recent Revisions to Capital Gains Tax

At the time of writing in 2024, the Canadian government has been revising capital gains tax rules. As of recent updates, there’s increased scrutiny on principal residence exemptions, particularly for properties bought and sold within short periods. Flipping houses may lead to full taxation of profits as business income, rather than capital gains.  The taxable rate for non-exempt capital gains has also increased from 50% to 66%.  It’s advisable to consult with a tax professional or real estate lawyer to understand your reporting requirements and how these changes might affect your specific situation.

9. Condominium Fees and Special Assessments

If you’re selling a condo, be prepared for any outstanding condominium fees or special assessments that need to be addressed. Buyers will want to ensure there are no hidden costs associated with their purchase.

Conclusion

Selling a home in Manitoba involves several costs that can add up. Being aware of these expenses and planning accordingly can help you manage the financial aspects of your sale more effectively. Additionally, understanding the potential implications of capital gains tax, particularly with recent revisions, is crucial. Consulting with a real estate lawyer or tax professional can provide personalized advice to navigate these complexities.


 

Neil Sullivan is a seasoned real estate lawyer based in Winnipeg whose practice is focused on Manitoba real estate conveyancing. He provides expert legal advice to clients navigating the real estate market in Manitoba.


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