First time homebuyers in British Columbia are aware of the challenges of entering into home ownership, and many are taking steps so that they don’t have to do it alone.
According to the TD Canada Trust First Time Homebuyers Report, “56% of first time homebuyers in B.C. are looking for a home with a rental unit. Eighty-five percent think the unit will generate between $500 - $1,000 per month and seven-in-ten (67%) say the extra income will go towards paying their mortgage.”
This suggests an interesting strategic move for this group as a whole, looking to take on home ownership, increase personal cash flow and build maximum equity all at the same time.
"Taking in a tenant can be an effective way to supplement your income and pay off your mortgage faster," says Barry Rathburn, Manager, Residential Mortgages, and TD Canada Trust. "If you have a rental unit, I'd recommend exploring flexible mortgage options. These products allow you to pay more towards your mortgage when you can afford to and give you the peace of mind of knowing that if something changed financially - for instance your tenant moved out during the same month that your furnace broke down - you could miss payments with no penalty."
Notably, the survey also determined that first time home-buyers in BC took the longest time to save up for a down payment- and were also shelling out larger down payments compared to their provincial counterparts.
The report says, “Nearly six-in-ten say that they have been saving for their first home for three years or more (57% versus 47% nationally) and they are twice as likely to be putting down a down payment of more than 25% (17% versus 10% nationally). Not surprisingly, given B.C.'s infamously expensive real estate, buyers in B.C. are most likely to need a mortgage to finance their purchase (93% versus 87% nationally).
In the province, 47% of first time buyers intend to buy their first home on their own (rather than with a co-purchaser). 57% of men will buy on their own compared to 33% of women.
Not only do these first time homebuyers have a plan to build equity, they are very clear on what they want as well, and are not overly willing to compromise. 53% said that they would not negotiate on price; 44% said they were not willing to compromise on number of bedrooms while 35% said they would not waver on the number of bathrooms.
They are however, willing to compromise on things like proximity to recreational activities, features of the home, and layout of the home.
The findings of this survey underscore that there is a new breed of first time homebuyer emerging. They are educated, strategic and patient—and they know very much what there expectations are in home ownership.