New Home Buyers Program ‘Exciting News’ – Canadian Homebuilders’ Association
Prince George, B.C. – The B.C. Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership is getting glowing reviews from both arms of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.
Yesterday the provincial government announced the program will contribute to the amount first-time home buyers have already saved for their down payment, providing up to $37,500, or up to 5 per cent of the purchase price, with a 25-year loan that is interest free and payment-free for the first five years.
In Prince George, where the average price of a home is $297,000, a first-time home buyer needs to save $7,425 toward the down payment, or 2.5 per cent of the home’s purchase price, then the province will match those funds bringing the total down payment to $14,850 or 5 per cent of the home’s purchase price.
To be eligible, buyers must be preapproved for an insured high-ratio first mortgage. On completion of the sale, program funds will be advanced and the loan will be registered as a second mortgage on the property’s title.
The program will start accepting applications Jan. 16, 2017.
“The announcement of this program is most welcome by the members of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Northern B.C.,” said president Jody Tindill during a news conference at a show home on Vista Ridge Dr. this morning.
“Our members are in home construction and renovation businesses. Without a healthy housing market, we don’t have a business. The change to Canada’s mortgage rules in November meant a loss of buying power for many buyers. First time home buyers were absolutely challenged by that and I know many completely got out of the market at that point.”
But no more she said thanks to the provincial government.
“Home ownership in Prince George is absolutely not out of reach. The average home price is still under $300,000…So the sooner they (new home buyers) get in the sooner they’re going to start growing equity for their future and their investments.”
Gordon Bliss, president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of B.C. echoed Tindill’s enthusiasm for the new program.
“New home buyers are quite excited about this new announcement. It’s awesome news because at the end of the day we need new home buyers to create an industry – to keep the industry going so that people can keep moving on,” he said.
“These people will be able to buy a house now – a new home buyer will build up some equity and probably move on to another home and that’s what keeps the economy going.”