Buying property in Canada from the UK

Reuben Allonby

Do you dream of owning a property in the sprawling landscapes of Canada as a UK resident? Be it a mountain-side retreat in British Columbia, an apartment in Toronto, or a country house in Prince Edward Island, purchasing property in Canada from the UK can be a lucrative investment. Yet, understanding the buying process and effectively managing international money transfers can be challenging. This blog post will guide you through the essential steps of buying Canadian property and demonstrate how to save on GBP to CAD international money transfers.

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Property Search and Legal Requirements

The first step in buying property in Canada is to determine the location and type of property that caters to your lifestyle and aspirations. It's crucial to familiarise yourself with Canadian property law and engage a local real estate agent or legal expert to manage the transaction's legal aspects.

Financing Your Canadian Property Purchase

Your Canadian property purchase can be financed using a UK mortgage, a Canadian mortgage, or cash. While some Canadian banks offer mortgages to foreign buyers, you may find more restrictive requirements than for Canadian residents. To save on international money transfers, consider using a currency exchange specialist like Equals Money instead of a traditional provider like a bank. They often offer competitive exchange rates and currency expertise, enhancing the value of your GBP to CAD transfers.

The Property Buying Process in Canada

The Canadian property buying process generally involves the following key steps:

  1. Making an Offer: Once you've found a property, you'll need to make an offer. If accepted, a Purchase Agreement is drafted and signed.
  2. Property Inspection: A professional home inspection is typically conducted to uncover any potential issues with the property.
  3. Closing the Deal: The final step is the closing process where all legal and financial requirements are met, and the title is transferred to the buyer.

Taxes and Fees

When buying property in Canada, you'll need to account for various taxes and fees, including:

a. Property Transfer Tax: This tax is paid upon the transfer of property and varies by province.

b. Legal fees: These fees typically range from CAD 500 to CAD 1,000.

c. Home Inspection Fee: This fee, if you opt for an inspection, generally ranges from CAD 300 to CAD 500.

Maximising Value on GBP to CAD International Money Transfers

To ensure you're getting the best value on your international money transfers, consider the following:

  1. Use a currency exchange specialist: Equals Money provides competitive rates when compared to traditional banks, allowing you to save on your transfers.
  2. Set up a forward contract: This allows you to lock in an exchange rate for a future transfer and mitigate the risk from potential market fluctuations. Although should the rate continue to move after the contract has been agreed, you’ll still receive the original agreed exchange rate, presenting a potential disadvantage in choosing a forward contract. However, many looking to purchase property abroad find the stability offered by a forward contract outweighs this disadvantage.*
  3. Monitor exchange rates: Keep an eye on the GBP to CAD exchange rate and transfer funds when the rate is most favourable.


Purchasing property in Canada from the UK is an exciting endeavour, and with the right guidance, it can be a highly rewarding investment. By understanding the property buying process and utilising Equals Money for your international money transfers, you can significantly maximise the value of your investment. Embark on your journey towards owning a piece of the beautiful Canadian landscape, where a blend of cosmopolitan cities and breathtaking natural beauty awaits.

*Equals Money can only offer forward contracts to facilitate payments for goods and services

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