Home equity accounts for up to 20 percent of income of retirees

Households in the age group 70 and over whose income was ranked in the bottom 20 percent, home ownership raised incomes, on average, by 20 percent.

Ottawa (26 July 2010) - The equity that homeowners have built up through a lifetime of investment in their homes makes an important contribution to household finances as they enter retirement. This is according to a recent research paper by Statistics Canada entitled, "Incomes of Retirement-age and Working-age Canadians: Accounting for Home Ownership".

According to the research paper, by retirement age 75 percent of households are homeowners, and of those, 74 percent own their homes without a mortgage.

The economic benefit of owning a home is equivalent to the rent that does not have to be paid.

In 2006, when the value of this benefit was taken into account for households headed by individuals in the age group 60 to 69, it increased incomes by $5,500 or 10 percent. For households headed by those in the age group 70 and over, incomes rose by $5,400 or 12 percent.

For households in the age group 70 and over whose household income was ranked in the bottom 20 percent, home ownership raised incomes, on average, by about $4,200 or 20 percent. For households in the same age group whose income ranked in the top 20 percent, income increased by $10,400, but, in proportional terms, by a more modest 7 percent.

Across all households that own their own home, the average benefit from owner-occupied housing is lowest in Newfoundland and Labrador ($2,000) and highest in British Columbia ($7,300). Across metropolitan areas, this benefit is lowest in Saguenay, Quebec ($1,900), and highest in Vancouver, British Columbia ($8,900).

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Incomes of Retirement-age and Working-age Canadians: Accounting for Home Ownership

 

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