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Cost of selling a house fast in Quebec

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Selling your home fast in Quebec comes with a few important costs that you should be aware of, in addition to the costs of making your property attractive to buyers. These costs include the fees associated with listing your home, as well as the fees associated with the sale itself, capital gain tax and, of course, the real estate broker’s commission. 

So, if you’ve decided to sell your house, it’s crucial to know the costs involved with selling your house fast in Montreal Quebec. Let’s find out. 

What Are Real Estate Commission Rates in Quebec?

Real estate commission rates in Quebec vary depending on many factors, including the type of property sold and the selling agent’s services. However, the average rate is typically 5%. Homeowners can negotiate the real estate commission with their agent, and most agents in Quebec are willing to accept a rate between 4-6%.

The commission rate is a percentage of the total sale price that goes to the real estate agent. It is negotiable and should be specified in your contract with your agent. It’s vital to hire an experienced broker when selling a property in Quebec.

What percentage do most realtors charge in Canada?

The commission rate in Canada is pretty much similar in every province.  The commission rate is between 4 to 6 %.

Are realtor fees negotiable in Canada?

Yes, you can negotiate the fees with your realtor. Your chances of obtaining a lower rate are high if you plan to purchase through the same realtor after selling your property.

What is the sales tax on a house in Quebec?Do you have to pay tax when you sell your home?

You do not have to pay tax under one of these circumstances:

  • The property is your principal residence
  • The property is not a newly constructed home or condo  ( new homes are subject to QST +GST)
  • The property is sold by a natural person.

If a property is your principal residence you do not have to pay tax. However if the immovable property is not your principal residence , the sale will be considered as capital gains. When you sell or transfer a house in Quebec for a non principal residence, you generally have to pay taxes on half or 50% of the capital gains you made from the sale. If you designate the property as your principal residence, you may be able to avoid paying taxes on all or part of the capital gains.

How much tax do you pay when you sell a house in Quebec?

If you sell a house which is your principal residence you pay no tax at all. Otherwise The seller is required to file Form TP-1097-V, which includes supporting documentation to notify the government of a capital gain. In addition to any federal withholding tax, Quebec withholding tax is calculated as 12.875% of the capital gain. Even if the transaction results in a capital loss, nonresidents are required to get a clearance certificate.

How is capital gains tax calculated on property in Quebec?

The tax on capital gain is the revenue that Revenu Québec collects on the seller’s profit from the house deal or investment. However, as mentioned above, it doesn’t apply to the full gain; only 50% of the capital gains are taxable. The tax is kept to 50% by Revenu Québec to encourage investment and boost economic growth. If you make $20,000 from a proper sale, you will report $10,000 as a taxable capital gain. 

How to avoid Capital Gain Tax in Quebec? 

You cannot avoid capital gain tax entirely as it’s illegal. However, there are some ways you can use to reduce the tax on the capital gain in Quebec, like putting your profit in a tax shelter, taking advantage of the lifetime capital gain exemption, and donating your shares to charity. 

You can also avoid a large portion of capital gain tax with the help of home sale exclusion. This is basically a big tax break from Revenu Québec that allows people to sell their investment property. So, you can buy another home and defer your capital gains by rolling the sale of your previous house into the new one. 

Do you have to pay anti-flipping tax on a property in Quebec? 

Right now no , but if the proposed law passes , The answer will be a Yes.  On April 7th, 2022, the federal budget introduced this new tax policy called “anti-flipping tax.” This tax will apply to those homeowners or investors who own property for less than one year. 

With this policy, if you’re selling a house in Quebec within a year of owning it, then you will no longer qualify for the half capital gain tax policy and will have to pay in full 100% of the profit or gain. Furthermore, an individual can also lose his Principal Residence Exclusion if they buy a primary residence and sell it for non-exempt reasons.

What are the other costs involved when you sell a house in Quebec?

The Mortgage Fees

If you’re selling your house by paying off your mortgage before its maturity, some lenders may charge a certain penalty or interest. It’s essential to consult an experienced mortgage broker to discuss this matter.  

The Certificate of location 

Among the other important documentation, the certification of location is also a mandatory certification for selling a house in Quebec. As per article 2917 of the Civil Code of Québec, the owner is required to get a new certificate of location every 10 years, regardless of whether any changes have been made to the house. 

A certificate of location is a document or report produced by an authorized land surveyor. It contains all the information related to the current state of the property and all the laws and regulations that may affect it. This document is obtained and paid for by the seller. 

Does the seller pay notary fees in Quebec?

The seller does not pay for the notary fees unless otherwise is stated on the initial promise to purchase aka purchase offer.The cost can vary from $1000-$2000. You can contact me to get a list of reliable notaries in Montreal,Quebec

Unpaid Property Tax 

The house owner in Quebec or the seller is required by law to pay any outstanding property taxes up to the time of the sale.

Inspection and repair cost 

It’s common practice for buyers to hire a licensed inspector and get an inspection report on the property they’re interested in. If the inspection reveals any major issues the buyer would legally have the option to negotiate on the price or back out of the deal.  The home inspection cost can vary from $500-$1000, which is not mandatory but highly recommended. 

As a seller, it is essential to discuss this with your real estate agent and fill out the Declaration by the Seller (Déclaration du Vendeur) form with all the details you are aware of about your property.  So it’s a good idea to address any potential issues with your home before putting it on the market.

Cost of moving 

Sellers need to consider the costs of supplies, transportation and professional moving services, or if applicable, storage costs. 

Do buyers pay realtor fees in Quebec?

Buyers do not pay any realtor fees unless they have a different agreement with their real estate agent. You can learn more about this subject here.

If you are looking to sell your property and would like to know the current market value of your immovable, You can reach Alp Perez – Residential Real Estate Broker at 438- 722- 2676 or 

This article is intended for informational purposes only. We recommend that you verify the information provided with licensed professionals such as mortgage brokers, accountants, and real estate brokers

About The Author

Alp Perez is a Montreal based award winning real estate agent assisting home buyers and sellers in Montreal and surrounding areas. His real estate services include but not limited to: Price analysis based on the comparable listings sold in your area , Market Analysis for sellers and buyers, Recommendations on how to increase the value of your property , Customized Search engine marketing campaigns for each property, Negotiating on behalf of the buyer / seller depending on who he represents in the deal, Connecting buyers and sellers with his well known industry partners such as inspectors, mortgage brokers, notaries, land surveyors, renovators and etc. Whether you are A homeowner looking for the best real estate agent to get top $ for your property and sell your house or condo fast , A buyer looking for MLS agent Feel free to reach out to him at (514) 527-2022 or via his email :

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