When I went to journalism school in Ottawa, I rented a room in a house with four children. And then there were five more. And then it became six.
Friends and siblings came for visits that turned into extended stays. Bonus roommates – how awesome is this?
It was only a year for me, so it doesn’t matter. But I left feeling like I was permanently done with my roommates. Today this attitude is a luxury.
Season Eight of the personal finance podcast Stress Test for Gen Z and Millennials kicks off with an episode about the new roommate reality: Young adults in their late 20s and 30s who want roommates because the cost of living alone isn’t covered. They live together as.
Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment It reached $1,889 in SeptemberIt increased by nearly 10 percent compared to the previous 12 months. Meanwhile, the average hourly wage about 5 percent on an annual basis in September. We have been seeing rent increases outpacing salaries for months.
You may have heard of the old rule that housing expenses should make up 30 percent of gross income. This threshold needs to be raised to reflect today’s housing market, but let’s not ignore the danger of normalizing high housing costs. If you spend $40 to $50 of every $100 of your gross pay on housing expenses, you won’t have much left to save for short-term emergencies and long-term goals like buying a home or retirement.
Solutions to expensive housing, as in many cultures, include living with your parents until marriage. Moving to cheaper places also helps, but there’s a definite increase in the number of people living with roommates. Statistics Canada reported that households with roommates accounted for just 4 per cent of the total in 2021, but the growth rate was outstanding at 54 per cent.
It’s not just 20-30 year olds who live with roommates. Over the summer, I wrote about a network set up to help retired single women find affordable shared rented accommodation.
Lower housing costs could stem the growth in the number of people looking for roommates, but it’s unrealistic to expect big drops in rents or mortgage payments. High costs are the new normal in housing, and that means more people are living with roommates. Ten years from now, will only wealthy singles be able to live the solo lifestyle?
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Q: There seems to be a lot of discussion about deferring Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan benefits, but I haven’t seen any advice on how far in advance you should apply. My wife and I put off getting OAS for a few years, but finally decided it was time to start and completed the online application in June, expecting payments to begin shortly. No such luck. After waiting two or three months, we called the Service Canada hotline and were told that we would have to wait a 150-day processing time for our application, even though a record of our application was in the works. This appears to be standard for deferred OAS applications. If we had known this, we would have submitted our applications sooner and we recommend that people in a similar situation adjust their plans accordingly to avoid long delays in receiving their monthly OAS payments.
HAVE: I think readers approaching retirement will find this information helpful, so thank you for writing. In a recent column I wrote about starting CPP and OAS, there is a recommendation to apply for benefits three to six months before you want to start. Six months seems like a good rule of thumb to follow.
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University of Calgary economics professor Trevor Tombe explains how high interest rates are harming young people most. I came to the same conclusion.
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