Last December a new B.C. government directive went into effect, requiring condo buildings to prepare a depreciation report that gives prospective buyers details about expected long-term expenses or problems. Despite the new rule, only about one quarter of the stratas across the province have commissioned depreciation reports so far.
Conventional wisdom says that debt used to purchase something of lasting value, like an investment, or a house, or a car, is good debt, because you benefit from the purchase. An example of bad debt would be borrowing to go on vacation, because when the vacation is over you have nothing to show for it. In some cases both of these examples are true.
The federal minister of Finances, Mr. Jim Flaherty, made public comments and exerted pressures for Manulife Bank to withdraw its offer for a five-year-fixed mortgage rate of 2.89 per cent. NPD leader Thomas Mulcair accused Mr. Flaherty of using his position of power inappropriately. I couldn't have said it better myself.
Buying a home marks the true end of youthhood. You're ready to put down roots now, to establish yourself, to mark your territory. But have you seen what a modest house in a barely decent neighbourhood anywhere even remotely near a metropolitan area costs these days? There is no way you have anywhere near that much money, which means you have to borrow a lot, from the bank. I'm not here to excuse homebuyers who have trouble paying their mortgages, but I think I can at least explain their thinking. The point is that while buying a house is quite clearly a momentous financial exercise, it is very much an emotional one, too.