Many first-time home buyers understand the power of the big down payment
Although Generations X and Y are vastly different (I have daughters from both demographic cohorts so, believe me, I know all too well), when it comes to listing the impediments preventing them from buying their first homes, the members of these two generations are as similar as the Sedin twins.
A survey conducted at the 16th annual seminar for first-time homebuyers -organized by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association and presented by the Homeowner Protection Office, branch of B.C. Housing -revealed that high prices and insufficient down payments were the culprits, no different than the responses gleaned from the survey conducted at, say, the fourth annual seminar in 1997.
Alas, the high cost of developable land, exacerbated by an ever-increasing array of taxes, fees, levies and development charges imposed on new homes by all four levels of government, seems to be a constant challenge throughout what is arguably the most popular geographic region in the country.
That aside, what are the needs and expectations of today’s typical first-time homebuyer? I will run through the survey responses and compare them with responses from last year, when the new-homes market was mired in a 10-year low, and from 2007, when the market was riding a 14-year high…
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Written by: Peter Simpson
Date: November 20, 2010