The Terrible Money Twos.
I have always been a dreamer but, I have always been very goal-oriented. If I wanted something, I went out and worked my tush off until I got it. The same thing goes for building a life and working towards ownership on all levels. I started working when I was 15 and I bought my first car on my own when I was 18.
Wasting time is not one of my favorite things, I don’t like to mess around! I went to college twice and got two diplomas, got married and we started a family in our early 20’s. While most of my friends were hitting the clubs, I was raising Gabby and working towards bigger goals.
Throughout our journey, we’ve stayed with family and rented lofts and apartments and worked where we had to to get by and while I finished college. Our city has one of the lowest employment rates and fortunately, we were already able to find work but, to say it wasn’t tough wouldn’t be the truth.
Eventually, I finished college and Dara got an amazing job in a trade and we were able to get our life going towards stability. When we finally bought our house, we bought a house we can grow into and I can’t even tell you how amazing ownership feels.
Unfortunately, according to RateSupermarket.ca, Canada’s comprehensive financial rates comparison resource, finds that 55.6% of respondents believe their ability to start or expand their family is directly impacted by real estate prices in their region. The challenge is even greater for millennials, at 72.11%.
Expanding Our Family.
In our region, real estate is affordable. If we were to live in a bigger city, we wouldn’t have been able to buy the size of house that we have now or perhaps own a house at all. We are blessed to have a house with a room for both of our girls, us and an office for me to work out of. There’s even room to grow if we were to have any more children.
Not to mention, we are fortunate enough that Dara has had a good job for a good company that pays more than fairly and takes care of their employees for many years now.
Child Care Challenge.
Lack of affordable childcare was cited by respondents as a top financial challenge; only 15.21% of all respondents say childcare is affordable in their region, with 41.9% indicating they do, or will, rely on one parent staying home full-time in order to provide childcare. 48% stated that childcare costs impacted their affordability for other things.
As far as child care, I couldn’t have finished college or worked part-time out of the home if it weren’t for the help of my family. Though I’ve worked part-time and now full-time out of my home for many years now, it helped cut-down child care costs significantly for us.
In this day and age, not everyone is as fortunate. As real estate and debt levels skyrocket, current and would-be parents are finding their family plans derailed by their financial situation.
- 54.5% said family costs were more than they anticipated.
- The price of food topped the list of unexpected costs for parents at 26.5%.
- 52.8% of respondents say they cannot start or expand their family in their current home.
- 49.4% of respondents say they have changed their minds about their desired family size due to associated costs.
- 71.4% of millennial respondents say they would need to make significant financial changes before starting a family, lead by increasing savings at 41%.
According to the survey, 15.21% of respondents said childcare was affordable in their region with 41.9% saying that they do or will rely on one parent staying home full-time to care for the children. 48% stated that childcare costs impacted their affordability for other things.
When we started our search for our house, we made sure to do as much research as we could. We wanted to make sure that we were going to get the best rate for our mortgage and to be really sure it was what we could afford. With current prices, it’s more important than ever that would-be homeowners compare their mortgage options and boost their affordability with truly competitive financing.
If you’re ready to start thinking about home ownership, RateSupermarket.ca has a pretty nifty mortgage rate comparison tool that will help you find the most affordable rate. When we bought our house, we made sure we got the best rate and we did that by getting as much information that we could. It is something we can comfortably afford and we are in love with our home.
In this day and age, there are a lot of factors that can impede you from taking that next step. Taking the extra time to consider the economy, your region and finding and comparing the best mortgage rates is absolutely essential. The more prepared you are, the better the decision you will make!
Do you think it’s possible to have a family and own a home nowadays?
Let me know your experience, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.