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First Time Home Buyer

Congratulations on deciding to purchase your first home! When working with us, we take the time to understand your goals, talk through available options and work together to find the best fit for you. We'll guide you through the home-buying process step-by-step, so you're in control of your home-buying decisions.

At Royal Bank, decisions are made locally so your financial information stays local and decisions are made fast. Take advantage of a free, no-pressure consultation with a member of our lending team! Get pre-qualified for a loan, discuss available options and ask questions about what to expect.

Complementary first-time home buyer services:

  • Consultation with a lending professional
  • Loan pre-qualification
  • Online home loan application
  • First-time home buyer grant and loan programs for qualifying borrowers
  • Step-by-step guidance on what to expect
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Frequently Asked Questions When Purchasing a Home

How much you can afford depends on your income, expenses and ability to repay the loan. When calculating monthly payments, it's easy to use just the asking price; however, this is not a realistic cost estimate. Homeowners insurance and property taxes will need to be included in your monthly budget as well as any closing and inspection costs for your short-term budget. With a multitude of loan programs available, the Royal Bank lending team can help determine an amount that is right for you.

Access our mortgage calculators for more information.
Deciding whether to do a 15 vs 30-year mortgage depends on a few different factors. A 15-year fixed rate mortgage gives you the ability to own your home free and clear in 15 years. While the monthly payments are somewhat higher than a 30-year loan, the interest rate on the 15-year mortgage is typically lower and you'll pay less than half of the total interest of a traditional 30-year mortgage.

Although a 15-year mortgage is attractive, many borrowers find the lower monthly payment of a 30-year mortgage more feasible. Keep in mind that none of the loan programs we offer have prepayment penalties, so you can pay more than your minimum monthly payment at any time with no additional charges. 

None of the loan programs we offer have prepayment penalties. You can pay off your mortgage any time with no additional charges.
Your interest rate will be affected by a variety of factors including term, the amount of your down payment, your credit score, and the type of property you are buying, just to name a few. To view up-to-date rate information, visit our Rate Center to get a customized rate quote. Here, you can apply for a loan entirely online, view current rate information and sign up to receive email alerts on current rate information.
Your Royal Bank lender will provide a Loan Estimate (LE) that breaks down the best-estimate costs you should expect to see at closing. The items listed on a LE include third-party fees that Royal Bank collects and passes on to the person who performed the service; taxes and recording fees; lender fees that are established for items such as document preparation; and prepaid fees such as homeowners insurance.
The purchase of a home is most likely one of the most expensive and important purchases you will ever make. You, and especially your mortgage lender, want to make sure the property is indeed yours and that no individual or government entity has any right, lien, claim, or encumbrance on your property.

The function of a title insurance company is to make sure your rights and interests in the property are clear, that transfer of the title takes place efficiently and correctly, and that your interests as a homebuyer are fully protected. Title companies typically issue two types of title policies; an owner's policy that covers you, the homebuyer, and a lender's policy that covers the lending institution over the life of the loan. If the loan is a purchase, both types of policies are issued at the time of closing for a one-time premium.

Prior to issuing a policy, the title company performs an in-depth search to determine if anyone other than you has an interest in the property. This allows any title problem to be identified and corrected prior to your purchase of the property. Once a policy is issued, any future claim covered by your policy and any legal fees involved in the defense of your rights is absorbed by the title company. They are also responsible to cover losses arising from a valid claim. This protection remains in effect as long as you or your heirs own the property.
Mortgage insurance should not be confused with mortgage life insurance, which is designed to pay off a mortgage in the event of a borrower's death. Mortgage insurance makes it possible for you to buy a home with less than a 20 percent down payment. It protects the lender against the additional risk associated with low down payment lending.

Low down payment mortgages are becoming more and more popular, and by purchasing mortgage insurance, lenders are comfortable with down payments as low as 3 – 5 percent of the home's value. It also provides you with the ability to buy a more expensive home than might be possible if a 20 percent down payment were required.

You can usually cancel private mortgage insurance once you have enough equity in your property – typically between 75% and 80%.  In some cases, you may need to have your property re-valued to determine the amount of equity you have.  If you would like to know when you are eligible to have your mortgage insurance canceled, please contact your lender.