One of the great things about the Vancouver housing market is that we don’t have subprime lending. All of our loans are rock solid and even if they weren’t guaranteed by the government banks would still be eager to hand out the same mortgages.
If there’s one thing Vancouverites know, it’s that saving money is difficult.
So what are you to do as a responsible first time home buyer who is unable to save up the hefty 5% required to get a CMHC insured mortgage?
Don’t worry, at least one bank has your back: Vancity will match half your downpayment savings on a home priced under $500k.
Still that’s not exactly zero down, since the CMHC scrapped that in 2008, but if saving up 2.5% is still too difficult you may have other options.
But remember, unless you have a poor credit rating this still isn’t subprime.
Apparently it’s gotten harder to get the long term zero down mortgage the CMHC made available in the past, but not impossible.