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Is the BC Home Partnership Program Right for You?

Is the BC Home Buyer Program Right for You?

Is the BC Home Buyer Program Right for You?

The BC Home Partnership Program was created for first time home buyers who have good credit and good income but do not meet the requirements for a minimum 5 percent down payment.  With at least 2.5% down payment the BC Home Partnership Program will allow you to purchase your home sooner than waiting to save the full 5% minimum down payment.

As a home buyer you can take full advantage of the program by paying back the loan amount within the first 5 years during the interest free period.  Between the 6-10 year time frame the interest rate is preset to 3.2% (current Prime rate of 2.7% plus .5%).

First step —get a pre-approval from your mortgage broker.  Apply online at www.MyBcMortgage.ca or email me at pauline@mybcmortgage.ca or call me at 604-813-8402.

 

If you meet the eligibility requirements and have 2.5% for a down payment is the BC Home Partnership Program right for you? 

The answer is “Yes”. Here’s why.

For example, consider a purchase price of $400,000 with total 5% down of $20,000.

The 2.5% loan portion from the BC Home Partnership Program is interest and payment free for the first 5 years.  Then in year 6 payments based on 3.2% and 20 year amortization would be payable at $56 per month. In year 11-15 the rate would be reset based on the Prime lending rate plus .5% at the time.

Purchase Down Payment (own) HBP Down payment Mortgage Insurance Mortgage Amount Payment Monthly HBP Loan Monthly
$400,000 $10,000 $10,000 $14,630 $394,630 $1815 $56

 

For those home buyers with at least 5% down payment of their own funds is the BC Home Partnership Program right for you?

The answer is “Yes”. Here’s Why.

For example, consider a purchase price of $400,000 with total 5% down of $20,000 and no money from the BC Home Partnership Program.

The difference in using 5% of your own money versus 2.5% of your own money and 5% from the BC Home Partnership Program will cost you $950 more in the mortgage insurance premium (rolled into your mortgage) and $2 per month more for your mortgage payment.

If you prefer to keep some of your down payment funds and take advantage of the BC Home Partnership Program, after 5 years if you have not paid off the BC Home Partnership loan you would have that additional payment of $56 per month. The overall cost of the mortgage and loan payments over the life of the mortgage would result in $1080 more in interest by taking advantage of the program instead of using all of your own funds for down payment.

Note – the rates used for the first mortgage and the loan for down payment have been kept the same for this example for comparison only.  Rates are subject to change at the end of each term.

Purchase Down Payment HBP down payment Mortgage Insurance Mortgage Amount Payment Monthly HBP Loan Monthly
$400,000 $20,000 0 $13,680 $395,040 $1817 0

 

For those home buyers with 10% down payment of their own funds is the BC Home Partnership Program right for you?

The answer is “Yes”. Here’s Why.

Consider a purchase price of $400,000 with total 10% down of $40,000 (5% from own resources and 5% from the BC Home Partnership Program).

The difference in using 5% of your own money and 5% from the BC Home Buyer Program versus 10% of your own money is $720 less in the insurance premium (as you have a larger down payment) and $148 per month less for your mortgage payment.  After 5 years if you have not paid off the BC Home Partnership loan you would have that additional payment of $112 per month.  If you continue with the loan throughout the life of the mortgage the net overall savings in interest is $5,000.

Purchase Down Payment HBP down payment Mortgage Insurance Mortgage Amount Payment Monthly HBP Loan Monthly
$400,000 $20,000 $20,000 $12,960 $361,290 $1811 $112

 

The BC Home Partnership Program provides a cost effective options for first-time home-buyers.

Your down payment portion can come from savings including RRSP or gifted money from a family member.

Note – the rates used for the first mortgage and the loan for down payment have been kept the same for this example for comparison only.  Rates are subject to change at the end of each term.

These are only an example of the options for you as a first-time buyer and subject to income, credit and residency qualification. 

To ensure you are clear about the opportunity for your specific situation contact your mortgage broker.

For full details on the program read my blog post http://mybcmortgage.ca/bc-home-partnership-program/

 

 

 


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