A Bank of Montreal report suggests first-time home buyers are increasingly turning to the “Bank of Mom and Dad.” According to the Financial Post, BMO’s 2015 Home Buying Report found that 42 per cent of first-time buyers told an online survey that they expected their parents or relatives to help pay for their first home. That’s up 12 per cent from last year’s report. The bank also said 40 per cent of the first-time buyers said they couldn’t afford a home without financial help from family. The study found the first-timers were anticipating a down-payment of about $59,413 on average and had a budget of $312,700 for the purchase — slightly less than last year’s average price of $316,100.
The bank also found that 42 per cent of current home-owners surveyed said they were looking for family help with the purchase. Their average budget was $473,000 and their average down-payment was $123,214.
The BMO report is based on online interviews with a random sample of 2,007 people aged 18 years or more between Feb. 24 and March 5.