I came across a "food for thought" type of article today from rew.ca on the (sometimes) challenging thought of owning your own home and found that some are considering co-ownership.

 

 

This may, or may not, be an alternative for you. Here's more:

 

Jeremy Wilson, 38, was frustrated with paying high strata fees and wanted a bigger back yard for his dog.

When he and his wife, Kim, started looking at single family homes, their frustration only grew.

 

“I work in Kitsilano and my wife in Richmond and we really wanted to stay in Richmond. However, what we could afford and what we wanted were miles apart,” says Wilson. “In our price range, the homes were either really small bungalows or in complete disrepair.”

 

The couple came up with an idea that is growing in popularity in cities across BC — co-ownership, whether it’s one or more roommates, co-workers, friends or family members buying and sharing a home together and splitting the expenses.

 

The couple approached Kim’s mother and asked if she wanted to purchase a home together. At the time, Kim’s mother, Jean, also owned a townhome and was fighting cancer. It seemed to be a win/win situation.

 

“We knew we could all live under the same roof and it gave Kim peace of mind that her mother was nearby,” says Wilson.

 

They ended up buying a 2,500-square-foot home in Steveston for nearly $900,000.

 

“We never could have bought this house on our own,” he says, adding Kim’s mother passed away and her half-share of the home was divided between Kim and her sister (who now lives in the lower part of the family home. “We split the expenses three ways and we’ve never had a problem.”


Here are some reasons why it may not be a good fit for you:

 

Randy Klarenbach, real estate lawyer at Richards Buell Sutton LLP, strongly cautions his clients against these types of arrangements.

 

“What happens if one owner loses their job or gets sick and can’t work, or moves out of town?” says Klarenbach. “A lender can’t foreclose on half a property.”

 

Or, he went on to say, one party simply can’t pay? It becomes the other person’s responsibility to make the mortgage payments or risk losing the house.

 

“Bottom line, it’s a huge financial risk,” he says, adding he’s seen co-ownership agreements as long as 500 pages, covering every conceivable eventuality.

 

“Even though some of these arrangements do work well, it is my job to think of everything that can go wrong and let my clients know.”

 

Colin Lawrence concedes that, as with any financial arrangement, there are drawbacks.

 

But if all parties come in with eyes wide open, with a workable plan, with expectations drawn up and good legal advice, co-ownership can work well.

 

“Everyone must be aware of all of the things that can go wrong and that’s why we provide our members with an agreement checklist,” adds Lawrence.

 

It’s been five years since Wilson entered into a co-ownership agreement and “it’s been fantastic … the only drawback is the lack of privacy.”


Please click here for the full article on rew.ca for all the pertinent information surrounding co-ownership.

 

Because YOU Deserve the Best...

 

Post CommentComments: 0Read Full Story
Categories: #icebucketchallenge | #RCBD | 2014 | 2014 Elections Langley | 2014 Trends | 35792 Canterbury Avenue | 3676 Bluejay Street | Abbotsford | Abbotsford BC | Abbotsford East, Abbotsford Real Estate | Abbotsford Listing | Abbotsford Listings | Abbotsford PD | Abbotsford Real Estate | Abbotsford West, Abbotsford Real Estate | Aberdeen, Abbotsford Real Estate | Acreage | Affordable Housing | Aldergrove | Aldergrove Langley, Langley Real Estate | ALS Ice Bucket Challenge | anti-bullying | Autumn home care | Autumn Time Change | availability | Average home price | Bank of Canada | Bank of Canada Rate | BC | BC Budget | BC Commercial Leading Indicator | BC Commercial Leading Indicator Rises | BC election | BC Historic and Heritage Sites | BC housing | BC Liberals | BC Lotto Max | BC mortgage rates | BC Real Estate news | BCREA | BCREA Housing | BCREA Housing Market Update | BCREA Mortgage Update | BCREA Update | Bear Creek Green Timbers, Surrey Real Estate | Beautiful BC | Before You Start House Shopping | Benchmark home price | British Columbia Consumer Debt Study | Brookswood Langley, Langley Real Estate | Budget | buy and sell online | Buyers Agent | Buying a Home | CAAMP | Campbell Valley, Langley Real Estate | Canada Day 2014 | Canada Day Celebrations | Canadian Investor Immigrant Program | Canadian Mortgage Rates | Canadian Real Estate Magazine | Canadian Real Estate Wealth Magazine | Canadian Realtors | Canadian Remembrance Day | Canadian stock market | Canadian stock market index | Canadian Thankgiving | Canadians | Central Abbotsford, Abbotsford Real Estate | Chad Kroeger | Chad Kroeger House for Sale | Change is in the Air | Chicken Wing Lollipops | Children's Miracle Network | Chilliwack | Chilliwack E Young-Yale, Chilliwack Real Estate | Chilliwack Listing | Christmas | Christmas entertaining | Christmas Events | Christmas ideas | CIIP | Clayton, Cloverdale Real Estate | Cloverdale BC, Cloverdale Real Estate | Cloverdale Rodeo | CMHC | co-buy | Co-Own a Home | Co-Ownership | Colonial Home | condo | Considering Co-Ownership | Contest | Cottage Homes | Country Lane Estates | CREA | credit score | Customer Appreciation | Customer Appreciation Night | DIY Christmas | Downpayment | downsizing | Downtown Vancouver | Earth Day 2013 | East Abbotsford | Easter Weekend | Economics Now | entrepreneur | Estate Sale | EXCELLENT Revenue Property | Fab Forts Day | Fall Back | Fall Back 2013 | Famous Real Estate Quotes | Finances | Financial Post | First Time Buyers | First Time Home Buyers | First Time Homebuyer | Fort Langley | Fort Langley BC | Fort Langley, Langley Real Estate | Fraser Health Authority | Fraser Valley | Fraser Valley Real Estate | Fraser Valley Real Estate Board | Fraud | FSBO | FVREB | FVREB Market Update | Garibaldi Lane | Garibaldi Lane Abbotsford | get pre-approved for your mortgage | Getting the BEST Price for Your Home | Government Relations Committee | GVREB | Halloween | Happy Canada Day | Happy Holidays | Hatzic, Mission Real Estate | HGTV | History of BC | History of Labour Day | Holiday | Holiday decorating | Holiday recipes | Holidays | Home Inspectors | Home Staging | Home Staging that Sells | HomeLife | Homelife Benchmar | Homelife Benchmark | Homelife Benchmark Listing | Homelife Benchmark New Listing | HomeLife Benchmark Realty | HomeLife Benchmark Realty Walnut Grove | Hootie Johnston | house hunting tools | House Price Index | House Rich | Household debt | How Often Do You Unplug | how to buy a home | How To Prepare for an Open House | HPI | Imani Orphan Care | In Flanders Field | Interest Rate | Interest Rates | internet marketing | Investing in Canada | Just Reduced | Labour Day | Labour Day Weekend | Langley | Langley Arts Council | Langley BC | Langley City, Langley Real Estate | Langley Condo | Langley Listing | Langley long weekend activities | Langley Real Estate | Langley Tourism | Langley, BC | Large Open Concept Classic Elegance | live like a rock star | Long Weekend Activities | Lotto Max | Lower Mainland Real Estate | Lyoness | Market Update | market value | Mashable | Matsqui, Abbotsford Real Estate | May election | May long weekend | Median home price | Merry Christmas | Michele Cartwright | Michele Cartwrigt | micro-condo | Mission BC, Mission Real Estate | Mission-West, Mission Real Estate | Month of Miracles | Monthly Housing Market Update | Mortgage | mortgage information | mortgage news | Mortgage Rate Update | mortgage rates | Mortgage Update | Mother's Day | Mothers Day | Murrayville | Murrayville, Langley Real Estate | negotiating your mortgage in vancouver | New Listing | New Listings | New Year's | New Year's Resolutions | Nordel, N. Delta Real Estate | online marketing | Open House | paperless | pink shirt day | Pinterest | Polygon Homes | Port Kells | Port Kells Listing | Port Kells, North Surrey Real Estate | Postage Increase | pre-approval | pre-approved mortgage | price update | productive | productivity | Property Transfer Tax | PTT | Pumpkin Giveaway | Pumpkins | Quality of Life | RateHub.ca | RBC | RBC Economics | RBC Economics Update | Real Estate | Real Estate Agent | Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver | Real Estate Fraud | Real Estate Investing | Real Estate Quotes | real estate terms | Real Estate Trends | Real Estate Update | REALTORS Care | REALTORS Care Blanket Drive | REALTORĀ® | REBG | REBGV | REBGV Housing Market Update | REBGV Market Update | refinancing your mortgage | REIN | REMAX | REMAX Agents | REMAX LIttle | REMAX Little Oak | REMAX Little Oak Fort Langley | Rememberance Day 2013 | Remembrance Day | Rental Income | REW | rew.ca | RRSP | Safety First | sales psychology | Salmon River, Langley Real Estate | Sands & Associates | Sapperton, New Westminster Real Estate | Sardis East Vedder Rd, Sardis Real Estate | Saving Money | Season's Greetings | Sellers Guide | Selling your home | Set Apart from the Rest | Size Matters | Social Media | spring break | Spring has sprung | Spring time | Spruce Up Your Home for Sale | Summer | summer holidays | summer real estate market | summer vacations 2014 | Surrey | Surrey BC Listing | Sweepstakes | technology | temporary solutions | temporary storage solutions | Thanksgiving | The Wealthy Barber Returns | Time Change | Top Reasons Why You Should List Your Home During the Holidays | Tourism Abbotsford | townhouse | Township of Langley | U.S. Government Shutdown | United Way Spirit Awards | Vancouver | Vancouver closet rentals | Vancouver Home & Design Show | Vancouver house rentals | Vancouver housing prices | Vancouver Real Estate | Vancouver Real Estate Market | Victoria Day | Victoria Day Long Weekend | Walnut Grove | Walnut Grove Langley | Walnut Grove, Langley Real Estate | Welcome to Langley | West Abbotsford | West Abbotsford Listing | White Rock BC | White Rock property | Whonnock, Maple Ridge Real Estate | Willoughby Heights, Langley Real Estate | Willowbrook Mall Langley | Winter | Winter House Prep | Year End Housing Market Update | Year End Report
Categories