Vancouver Millennial Housing Report Shows They Have It Worse Than Everyone

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Millennials in Vancouver really can't catch a housing break compared to the rest of Canadians.

A new report from Vancity credit union hits that truth home.

Condo buildings in Vancouver's West End neighbourhood. (Photo: Bayne Staley/CP)

The benchmark price of a single-family home in Greater Vancouver was $1,403,200 last month, a 30.1 per cent increase from last year.

That alone is going to take a big wad of cash out of your wallet — but Vancity looked at how much money Vancouver millennials have left over after paying for housing, and other necessities.

And, well, just look at how they compare to other cities:

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Vancouver couples between the ages of 25 and 34 would have zero disposable income left over for savings, entertainment, or even charitable contributions if they bought an average-priced home this year.

In fact, if they did buy a house, it would put them in debt to the tune of $2,745 per year.

Vancity based its report on a millennial household in Vancouver with an earning income of just over $72,291 in 2015. It also included yearly housing costs of $44,354, along with expenses such as taxes, health care, food, clothes, and public transit.

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But while the average housing price puts millennials into debt, there are alternate routes to save them some cash,

If a millennial couple purchased a condo, they'd have more money left over than people in Toronto — but still less than everybody else.

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Younger Vancouverites could hold on to even more money if they chose to rent a one-bedroom unit outside the city — but again, they'd save less than everyone except Torontonians.

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The situation looks even worse when you add child care costs.

Putting one child in full-time care leaves millennial homeowners in Vancouver with disposable income of -$17,325. Toronto and Victoria millennials also find themselves in the red.

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Vancouverites do have $1,842 of income left over when they buy condos, but that's often not a feasible housing size when you're raising a family.

This is how much money couples paying for child care would have left over if they bought a townhouse:

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Vancity suggested that families consider co-owning homes and sharing the financial risk of ownership to keep themselves in the black.

The credit union also urged investors to look at other ways of ensuring a good return, instead of using real estate as a "vehicle for wealth generation at the expense of affordable community dwellings."

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