The kids are all right: Genworth
May 15 2018
Perhaps to the surprise of many, the majority of young adult Canadians have already bought a home, according to study from Genworth Canada—the second-largest mortgage insurer in Canada.
The national study commissioned by Genworth found that 59 per cent of Millennials own a home. As well, many bought in the last two years even as government measures ramped up to curtail demand.
Among those who own their homes, 30 per cent of Millennials bought a home in the past two years, compared to just 9 per cent of older Canadians, the survey found.
“Over the next two years another 30 per cent of Millennials plan on making their first home purchase, making them the engine of the real estate market,” the study stated.
"It is encouraging to see the high level of financial confidence coming from first-time homebuyers and homeowners," said Stuart Levings, president and CEO of Genworth Canada.
The annual poll of 2,000 Canadians was completed in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Credit Counselling Services (CACCS) from February 8 to March 27, 2018.
The survey results fly in the face of previous studies—and many pundits—suggesting high home prices have derailed the home ownership dreams of young adults.