First-time buyers: Family financial help doubles in last decade

A recent report from the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals highlights the growing affordability challenges facing new home buyers.

According to the report, first-time home buyers are relying on larger and larger financial gifts from parents for their down payments. Gifts from a parent now make up 11% of the cost of a first-time buyer’s down payment. This amount has nearly doubled in last ten years, jumping from 6% to 11%.

According to Kevin Lee, chief executive of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, the growth in family support to first-time buyers is a symptom of the affordability issues now in the housing marketplace. You can read more about the report and Canada’s housing affordability crunch online at:

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/11/17/is-helping-children-buy-the…
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/1st-time-homebuyers-get-more-family-help…

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