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Buying a Home: Interest

If you are arranging for part of the purchase price to be paid by way of the proceeds of a new mortgage, the process of registering the transfer of land and the mortgage documents in Manitoba will require that the transaction be closed without the mortgage funds being available to the buyer and will not be paid to the seller until 2 to 4 weeks after possession. However, most Offers to Purchase will include a term that the seller will accept a delay in receiving the mortgage monies if it is paid with interest, at the same rate as charged by the buyer’s new lender. During the time of registration, the lender has not provided you with the mortgage funds and therefore you are not paying any interest to the lender during this time.

It is the practice of law firms in Manitoba that you provide your counsel with sufficient sums of money to cover the additional interest charges to be paid to the seller from the possession date to the date of payment to the seller. The receipt of these interest funds will ensure that the seller shall be paid the interest which they are entitled to receive, as per the terms of the Offer to Purchase.

This interest can sometimes be avoided through the use of the Protocol method of closing (see: Protocol Closings) or through the use of Title Insurance, both options, if available in the circumstances, can be discussed with your lawyer.

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