Why Does Homeownership Matter?
Spring is always the perfect time to reflect upon the important role homeownership plays for both individuals and families in Regina. Not only does homeownership help strengthen our communities, it has a tremendous positive impact on the local economy as well.
The Triple Bottom Line
Is Homeownership still Financially “Better” Than Renting?
Faced with significant pressures to ensure housing remains affordable, finance experts are constantly debating what the ideal homeownership rate would be for Canadians. Answers offered usually lack detailed evidence on the cost of homeownership versus renting. What is often missed in the conversation are the long-term socio-economic impacts experienced by individuals and families who are not able to attain homeownership in their lifetime.
Homeownership remains highly beneficial for most families, offering financial gains and a way to build wealth. This is especially true for those who expect to own their home for a long enough period to overcome the cyclical volatility of home prices. We have compared housing costs for borrowers who: a) purchased a $375,000 New Home (5% down), b) purchased a Resale Home built in 1975 listed at $260,000 (5% down), and c) Rented a home at $1,300 per month. We factored in a 1.5% appreciation rate, interest rates, the cost of borrowing, the cost of maintenance and repairs, etc. into ownership expenses, and compared these costs to the cost of renting (assuming a 1.5% rent increase annually). Ultimately, over a 25-year period, the costs associated with renting were more than $300,000 greater than the costs associated with owning a home.
Homeownership is not the universal panacea, but the financial and community benefits connected with homeownership cannot be overstated.