What are Leasehold Properties?

Leasehold properties allow home buyers to climb the property ladder in a much more affordable manner. With savings of $100K or more, choosing this route seems like a wise decision, especially in this day and age where housing costs seem to be increasing exponentially. But what exactly is a leasehold property?

In layman's terms, a leasehold property is basically an ownership agreement in which you purchase the home but rent the land. In Vancouver, this type of ownership is not as common as freehold ownership but it is more prominent in certain areas of the West End, False Creek and UBC. In contrast to their freehold counterparts, leasehold properties are, generally speaking, more attractively priced, more spacious and in better neighbourhoods.

Getting into the technical details, leasehold properties are owned by the city, governments, First Nations bands, universities and other approved public authorities. The land is leased out to a developer typically between 50 to 99 years. The land is used for developing housing which is then sold or rented out to homeowners at a far more affordable price in comparison to freehold ownerships.

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