If you really want to enjoy your Valentine’s Day this year, you might want to consider getting a house with your significant other.
Due to the fact real estate prices keep climbing, two incomes are better than one.
However, couples who do decide to buy property together should be sure they’re committed to each other, because once two names are on a property deed it can be a nightmare trying to separate them.
This could be a contributing factor as to why more and more people are choosing to live alone.
According to a recent blog post from real estate company and website Zoocasa, purchasing a home solo can be hard—but it can be done (but perhaps not quite so easily in a big GTA city).
According to the data from the latest census, the number of people living by themselves has risen from 1.7 million in 1981 to 4 million in 2016.
Additionally, the number of people living alone who own their homes has also risen 18 per cent since the ’80s to 50 per cent.
This could be attributed to the fact apartment living offers amenities that are ideal for many single lifestyles, such as cheaper prices, smaller living spaces—which require less maintenance, and repairs are often covered by a condo board.
Unsurprisingly, bigger cities have higher real estate prices—the three cities with the most expensive real estate are Vancouver, Toronto, and Victoria.
In Vancouver, a benchmark apartment costs $656,700, meaning the minimum down payment necessary to purchase one would be $40,670—nearly $7,000 more than the average annual income of $33,804. This means prospective buyers who earn the average annual income would have to save for 14.4 months to be able to pay for the down payment.
In Toronto, a benchmark apartment that costs $558,000 would require a minimum down payment of $30,800, which is slightly less than the average annual income of $35,294. This means those earning $30,800 per year interested in buying an apartment would have to save for 10.5 months before they could pay for the down payment.
In Victoria, a benchmark apartment costing $510,800 would require a minimum down payment of $26,080, meaning someone earning the average annual income of $33,546 would need to save for 9.3 months to be able to afford the deposit.
Below is the rest of the 15 most expensive real estate markets in the country as well as the length of time it would take for those earning the average income in the city to save up enough money to pay for the minimum required deposit.
Photos courtesy of Zoocasa