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Buying a House in Vancouver
New families are especially frustrated while they walk through Coal Harbor and False Creek neighborhoods in the evening.
Next time you are in the area, take a second to look up, and you’ll notice the vast majority of apartment lights are off. So either everyone is saving electricity these days or landlords have taken off and are seeking seasonal renters until their eventual return this Summer.
And that’s just the 1 or 2 bedroom condos.
A typical house in Greater Vancouver will cost you around $1,500,000+. Plus, that’s probably the fixer-upper on the block. It’s hard, if not impossible to get into the housing market before you are 30.
Lottery tickets don’t seem like such a dumb idea after all huh?
The numbers are paralyzing for young families. Many have started to use their parents to combine starting capital for home investment or are holding out at mum and dads much longer than they’d like. This of course, while they race to beat gradually rising inflation rates and living costs amid a foreign-dictated housing market.
Is it really a wonder why today's new families are more stressed when house hunting?
It’s not just buying a home either.
Rentals have seen a drastic shift in prices since the Winter Olympics, with average rental prices cracking $2000, shattering another rental record in a row. I remember renting a room in a house for just $500 in East Vancouver back in 2009.
Even if you've found a great job, staggering rental costs take up a huge chunk of your paycheck, leaving little room for transit, vacations, investments or just enjoying yourself in the evening.
Is there any end in sight?
34 315 SCHOOLHOUSE STREET 1975 | 3 Beds| 2 Baths $629,000
309 2280 WESBROOK MALL 2005 | 1 Beds| 1 Baths $658,800
10668 141A STREET 2001 | 7 Beds| $1,600,000
6911 WHITEOAK DRIVE 2012 | 5 Beds| 6 Baths $2,199,000
1206 489 INTERURBAN WAY 2015 | 2 Beds| 1 Baths $757,000
5340 SPERLING AVENUE 1991 | 5 Beds| 6 Baths $2,800,000
701 8068 WESTMINSTER HIGHWAY 2010 | 2 Beds| 2 Baths $609,000
308 5028 KWANTLEN STREET 2006 | 3 Beds| 2 Baths $849,000