Everything You Need to Know About Canada's First-Time Home Buyer Incentive in BC

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive is a federal program introduced in the 2019 budget as part of the National Housing Strategy. It is a shared equity mortgage with the Government of Canada, with the goal of reducing your monthly mortgage payment. In the examples provided by CMHC and the scenarios we've run, you can expect your monthly payment to be lowered by $100-$200 versus borrowing the full mortgage amount from a lender. Applications are open as of September 2, 2019.

Federal Budget 2019 Offers Help For First Time Home Buyers

In the Housing section of Canada's federal budget released on March 19, 2019, the greatest emphasis is on the affordability of housing for first time home buyers. First, the straight-forward news: effective this year, the Home Buyers' Plan that allows Canadians to withdraw funds from their RRSP to buy a home will be increased to a limit of $35,000. If you've been diligent in using this saving product, it could work to your advantage when it's time for your down payment.

Making a Home with Family

A common way to get on the property ladder is for mom & dad to help out with a first property purchase. This can take many forms, from a gift of funds for the down payment to co-signing on the mortgage. In Sheila's case, her parents had bought a condo unit for Sheila to live in while she was attending school.

You're In The Driver's Seat When It Comes To Your Mortgage

You've worked hard to save a down payment. You've got your dream home in mind. But how do you get from that moment of being ready to owning your first home? That was the situation our client Tom found himself in.

6 More DOs for Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home can be the single most exciting experience you've had so far, but it can also be the most nerve-racking. There are a host of factors to consider, and overlooking some of them can cause headaches down the road. If you missed our first 5 DOs for buying your first home, check them out. Here are 6 more DOs for you to tackle.

5 Key DOs for Buying Your First Home

Buying your first home can be the single most exciting experience you've had so far, but it can also be the most nerve-racking. There are a host of factors to consider, and overlooking some of them can cause headaches down the road. Here is a list of our DOs for buying your first home.

BC HOME Partnership Loan Ending Early

Housing was a prominent feature of the 2018 BC Budget, and the BC HOME Partnership loan program will be ending early because of the NDP government's new focus. Originally launched in January 2017, the program offered help to first-time homebuyers with their down payment by providing a matching loan interest-free for the first 5 years.