Raw or Vacant Land Funding

When you want funding to purchase vacant land, as opposed to developed land with property on it, the whole calculus of the lending process changes. It’s a lot easier for a bank to foreclose on a house or a building and sell it and recoup its losses than it is to do the same thing with a plot of land, in most cases, so you need to understand what’s different about this sort of transaction. The laws about purchase and transfer can vary widely from one province to another, or even from one municipality to another, so you need to pay attention to the rules in your area before you consider making this sort of investment.

Land Purchase / Refinance Articles

A lot of our other customers have worked with us for financing land purchases, and we’ve put together a Frequently Asked Questions list down below for you to consult. For information about individual questions, you can talk to us on the phone or live chat or send us an email. We also have a pre-qualification application online if you think you‘d like to go ahead and explore land financing.

How to Buy Land in Alberta

So how do you buy land in Alberta for use such as for a manufactured home or acreage? When some people think about investing in real estate within Alberta, they focus on properties in Edmonton, Calgary and the surrounding metropolitan areas. However, Alberta has just as much of a legacy of wide open spaces, ranching and ...
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WRIT OF ENFORCMENT & CROWN LAND

Property Liens (Parts 3 and 4) This installment in our articles about the different types of property liens covers crown charges and writs of enforcement. What is a crown charge? Any law that is currently in force in Canada that creates a charge, lien or other interest of the Crown creates a Crown charge. Crown ...
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8 MOST COMMON FAQ REGARDING LAND FINANCING

1. How much down payment is required to buy land in Canada? 2. How do I purchase land? 3. What is the Loan‐to‐Value (LTV) that you can finance against my property? 4. How do I avoid land transfer tax in a land sale? 5. What documentation will I need to provide? 6. How does owner ...
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The Basics about Land Mortgage Lenders

One of the best ways to build up your real estate portfolio is to snap up land that has not been improved yet but is in an area that is likely to see incredible growth over the next few years. Even if you don’t put any improvements on the property yourself, the increase in land ...
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UNDERSTANDING LAND TRANSFER TAX IN BC

Each province in Canada has a registry of the owners of each parcel of property throughout that province’s boundaries. Any time the ownership of a parcel of property changes, there is an applicable property / land transfer tax. This kicks in when someone: takes over possession of a life estate, lease, or right to purchase ...
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How to Buy or Finance Vacant Land

Whether you’re considering a land purchase for commercial development or a land purchase for residential purposes (your own house or for building a property for investment), it is a decision that can pay off big time. People who bought up land in rural or semi-rural areas on the cheap in the past, only to watch ...
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Buying Land in Saskatchewan

If you want to take out a loan for buying land in Saskatchewan, there are a few things you need to know about borrowing for property that does not have buildings or other improvements on it. How much down payment to buy land in Saskatchewan First of all, you’re probably going to have to put ...
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How to Buy Land in BC

Are you considering buying land in BC? Whether you’ve found a lot in or around Vancouver or Victoria, or if you’re buying up land in a more rural part of the province, if you plan on financing the purchase, there are some things you need to know about a land loan. Required down payment on ...
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Rural Development Loan Requirements

How to get a loan for farm land For farmers or members of local agricultural co-operatives, rural development loans are available through the Canadian Agricultural Loans Act (CALA) Program. Individual farmers can put these loans to work in establishing or developing farms, and co-operatives can use the funds to distribute, process or market farming products ...
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UNDERSTANDING LAND TRANSFER TAX – ONTARIO

If you have recently acquired property in Ontario, you likely face a land transfer tax from the province. In most cases, the amount of this tax is based on what you paid for the land, as well as the remaining balance of any debt or mortgage that you took out during the process of purchasing ...
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Buying Land in Manitoba

People who are considering buying land in Manitoba -- and taking out a loan to do it -- need to keep a few things in mind as they move toward the application process. Loans on empty land work a little differently than loans for residential and commercial buildings. The main difference, at least from a ...
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