Average First-Time Buyers’ Budgets Increase to $316,100 Image

Average First-Time Buyers’ Budgets Increase to $316,100

By Lucas on May 05, 2014

The Bank of Montreal (BMO) released its First-Time Home Buyers Report, announcing that the average first-time buyer has increased their average budget to $316,100 (compared to $300,000 in 2013).

While the average budget has jumped over $16,000, the average down payment by a first-time buyer has remained unchanged since last year at 16% ($50,576).

"Among the many considerations for those trying to get a foot in the door of the real estate market for the first time, the most important of all is building a substantial down payment," said Laura Parsons, Mortgage Expert, BMO. "Buying a home is one of the most important financial decisions one can make, and typically represents the largest form of savings for Canadian households. It's crucial that those planning to buy are well prepared and have considered all options available to them."

The report, conducted by Pollara, had many interesting findings. See below for a few highlights:

  • 30% of first-time buyers expect their parents or families to assist with the purchase. The amount rises to 40% in Montreal and Vancouver.

  • Over 30% of first-timer buyers set a breakable budget, saying they will spend more than planned for the perfect home.

  • 61% made cutbacks to their everyday lifestyle to save for a home purchase.

  • 60% have experienced delays in their home buying timeline, and 39% blame rising prices.

BMO’s report also calculated the average spend by first-time buyers in four major cities. In Toronto, the average spend for a first-time buyer is $408,300, in Montreal it’s $237,900, Calgary - $363,400, and Vancouver came in the highest at $506,500. British Columbia has the highest average spend for a first-time buyer at $430,300, while the lowest average spend is in Atlantic Canada ($204,400).

"High prices in a few major cities, and the fact that prices are outrunning incomes in Toronto, are turning off some first-time buyers, while forcing others to go deeper into debt, tap their parents for hefty down payments, and opt for a condo rather than a detached house," said Sal Guatieri, Senior Economist, BMO Capital Markets.

Are you a first-time buyer? What’s your budget? Do you think it’s possible that the Greater Toronto Area’s young will flock to Montreal and the east coast to buy their first homes?

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