Is a vacation home a good investment? + MORE Sep 21st

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All you need to do to hit the open road is pass your driver’s test and put your keys in the ignition, right? Wrong. All drivers in Canada, including new ones, must also obtain auto insurance before they can legally drive. So, how much is insurance for a new driver? If you or someone in your household has decided to get a driver’s licence, here’s what you or your loved one can expect to pay for coverage. 

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How much does car insurance cost for a new driver? 

Many factors influence a new driver’s insurance premiums. Some of the main considerations include:

The driver’s profile: Demographic factors like age and gender influence premiums. Drivers under the age of 25 tend to pay higher premiums, because data from insurance companies suggests a lack of experience increases the risk of accidents…

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The benefits of owning a vacation property are obvious. A cottage, cabin, condo or trailer a short drive from your home can provide a quick weekend recharge. A property down south can serve as a regular vacation destination or a winter home for a snowbird.

Sometimes, emotions are the motivation for buying a vacation property. I like to evaluate a property purchase from a financial point of view—and here is how. 

The costs of buying a vacation property

Say a property’s purchase price is $500,000. Whether you use cash, a mortgage/home equity line of credit, or a combination of the two, there are other costs to consider.

If you purchase with cash that you could otherwise invest for a 4.5% return (to use a conservative assumption), there is an opportunity cost of not investing that money or leaving it invested. If you borrow money, there may be an interest cost of 4.5%. So, to keep it simple, we will assume an opportunity or financing cost of 4.5%. 

Property taxes, utilities, insurance, condo fees, and maintenance could easily add another 2% to 4% per year in costs…

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