Buying a home with a Rental Suite?

Why Purchase a home with a mortgage helper?

Renting out part of your home offers significant financial gains, and is encouraged by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), for being an effective contributor to affordable rental housing. For example, the Crown Corporation estimates secondary suites account for one fifth of all rental supply in Vancouver, a city with nearly zero (0.6%) rental vacancies.

“Not only are secondary suites a source of affordable rental housing, they can also provide the needed extra income to first-time buyers for whom that additional income makes housing affordable in high-cost areas,” the CMHC states on its website. In September 2015, it also passed new rules to make it easier for landlord homeowners to qualify for loans and mortgages – 100% of gross rental income can now be included as part of their debt-servicing ratio.

While that’s a big plus for buyers who are looking for the additional help qualifying, the CMHC points out that income suites are also a great option for retirees who may not wish to downsize & leave their family homes. “For older households who no longer need a larger house, the addition of a suite can generate needed income and security, as well as allow them to continue to live in their neighbourhoods and age in place,” it states.

However, you’ll be sharing your home with other people, and that’s not for everyone. Be sure you're willing to tolerate things that go bump in the day and night.  It is important to do your research on what you will need and what to expect as a landlord.

Please reach out for more information.  I would love to be of assistance in helping you reach your real estate goals.

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