Category Archives: Affordable Housing
Paul Gallant – Yonge Street Media
Options for Homes has always dedicated itself making home ownership more affordable for Torontonians who may otherwise not be able to buy a home. But with its Cranbrooke Village project, which officially opened last week near Bathurst and Lawrence, it was able to provide housing for buyers who made have found it impossible to get a mortgage any other way.
Established in 1994, the not-for-profit helps buyers with their mortgage down payment by providing loans that are only paid back when the buyer rents or sells the property. But with Cranbrooke Village, a $1.42-million investment from the City of Toronto’s Home Ownership Assistance Program (HOAP) enabled the program to give about 25% of the home owners extra help.
“The average person [in the Options for Home program] would get $30,000 towards the down payment. The city allowed us to increase that by up to $70,000 or $80,000 in total, which gave lower-income individuals a chance to own,” says Mike Labbé, Options President and CEO. “Our homes usually allow for people with incomes $20,000 less than the average owner to have a chance to own. By the city getting involved, we were able to reduce that by another $10,000 or so of annual income.”
Comment: And the city needs more projects like this.
The condos, built by Deltera, a member of the Tridel group of companies, are more affordable from the get-go. Permission for increased density allowed for lower land costs for the 341 units. “The community support for this project is one of the things that made it stand out,” says Labbé. As well the Options for Homes strategy kept marketing, sales and commissions costs to about $4,000 per unit, a reduction of about $20,000 over the regular market. In the design, amenities are kept to a minimum—a multipurpose room, which Labbé estimates saves another $15,000 per unit.
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Laurin Jeffrey is a Toronto real estate agent with Century 21 Regal Realty.
He did not write these articles, he just reproduces them here for people who
are interested in Toronto real estate. He does not work for any builders.