Using the Home Buyers’ Plan on a second home

Sometimes you can have a second “first time”

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From the November 2014 issue of the magazine.

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Q: I want to buy a house with money from my RRSP but I used my Home Buyers’ Plan 17 years ago. How can I find out if I qualify before I withdraw money from my RRSP?—Wannie Guy

A: Sometimes you can have a second “first time.” Even if you previously participated in the Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP), you may be eligible to do so again, if your balance is zero and you meet all the other HBP conditions. There are exceptions, but you may re-qualify as a first-time home buyer as long as neither you nor your current spouse have owned a home that you occupied as your principal place of residence during the four-year period before the RRSP withdrawal.

The eligibility criteria are quite specific so I recommend you search online for the CRA pamphlet numbered “RC4135” and review the questionnaire on page 7 or contact them at 1-800-959-8281. If you decide to give them a call, have an accountant joke ready to go. They love that.


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Bruce Sellery is a frequent guest on financial television shows and author of Moolala. Do you have your own personal finance question? Write to us at

One comment on “Using the Home Buyers’ Plan on a second home

  1. I own a property that I lived in for a year and a half and have now had it rented out for 5 years, I do not live there and haven’t lived there for 5 years. Can I still qualify for the HBP to utilize it to purchase a home for me and my fiancé to live in?


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