Are your kids paying rent, paying off student loans and saving for a house? That’s an impossible triad in most cities in Canada where home prices have soared 84% in 10 years. Home prices in Canada hit record highs in late 2013, according to the Teranet-National Bank house price index.
Industry data showed that the average home price was nearing $400,000 in December. That’s up 10% from a year earlier and 84% from December 2003, when the average price was $211,768. How are young people getting into the housing market in cities like Toronto and Vancouver? Their parents are providing them with a gift letter (the disclosure documents parents sign as part of the mortgage approval process that details their contribution to their kids), buying them a house or condo, or giving them the money for the down payment.
- A 2013 survey for Bank of Montreal found that 27% of first-time buyers in Canada expect their parents or other family members to help them purchase a house.
- Steven Fudge, a sales representative at Bosley Real Estate in Toronto, says that at least 50% of his buyers are bolstered by parental money.
- Jackson Cunningham, a mortgage broker who specialises in first-time homebuyers in Vancouver, says that some 75% of his clients get help from their parents, typically with the down payment.
- Parental home buying help has become so prevalent that it has made the first time buying market far more buoyant than many experts had expected in the wake of the tougher mortgage lending rules imposed by Ottawa over the last four years, according to CIBC economist Benjamin Tal.
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