Vancouver NOT Most Expensive Canadian City for First-Time Home Buyers: Study

Price difference in Genworth Canada survey may be explained by Vancouver's high proportion of condos bought as entry point into the market

April 14, 2015

Young couple first-time home buyers

Despite being Canada’s most expensive real estate market in general, Vancouver was second to another major city in terms of how much first-time home buyers spend on a property, according to a recent survey by Genworth Canada.

First-time buyers in the city spent a median of $420,000 on their first home – sneaking in at $5,000 less than the $425,000 median price spent in Toronto.

However, the price difference may be offset by the fact that more first-timers in Vancouver were buying condos as their entry point into the market – 47 per cent, compared with 39 per cent in Toronto.

Across Canada as a whole, buyers paid a median of $293,000 on their first properties – the highest it has ever been. Here are the prices paid and down payments broken out across the country.

The Genworth survey of 1,800 first time homebuyers also polled on a series of other questions, including motivation for buying a home:

The survey also found that, across Canada:

  • more than 80 per cent of respondents chose fixed-rate mortgages
  • 73 per cent of respondents said mortgage brokers were important sources for mortgage information
  • 80 per cent of respondents bought a resale home
  • 20 per cent bought newly built or presale homes
  • 55 per cent bought a single-family detached home – the largest proportion of all property types
  • 17 per cent bought a condo – rising to 47 per cent in Vancouver, 40 per cent in Montreal and 39 per cent in Toronto.

Joannah Connolly has been editor and content manager of since May 2014. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, and has moderated and spoken on several industry panels. During this time, she also spent two years hosting the Real Estate Therapist radio show on Roundhouse Radio 98.3FM. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 20 years of journalism experience in Vancouver and London, with a prior background in construction, architecture and business media.
© Copyright 2017

Comments welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language, unsubstantiated allegations or self-promotional content, including promotional website links. We reserve the right to unpublish comments, to edit them for length, style, legality and taste, and to reproduce them in print or online. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Email to a Friend