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A helping hand for first-time homebuyers

North America Home Finance launches HomePlan program for first-time homebuyers.

A new program is working to remove barriers to homeownership for those looking to purchase homes in the Greater Victoria area. North America Home Finance recently launched their HomePlan program allowing first-time homebuyers a greater opportunity become real estate owners.

With a 1 per cent down payment purchase program, HomePlan is currently offering a selection of homes in Saanich, featuring three bedrooms and den, three bathrooms, fully fenced back yards, and single-car garages, in addition to a separate one-bedroom suite suitable for generating rental income.

With the current price of Victoria area housing, a 10 per cent to 20 per cent down payment is challenging for many, followed by difficulty passing the stress test lending criteria due to rising interest, inflation and cost of living rates. HomePlan takes on these challenges with an innovative new approach to the rent-to-own structure, created to allow first-time buyers to live in their home while saving money, to actively build equity and demonstrate their ability to carry monthly costs.

Most rent-to-own programs are designed to favour landlords, but HomePlan helps prospective homeowners with a structure that begins with a 1 per cent deposit on the current market value of the home. Deposits will be credited towards the future purchase of the home, and a Right to Purchase option gives future home buyers a registered interest on title, meaning their financial interests are legally protected.

HomePlan begins with a seven-year option term before the HomePlan purchaser would need to obtain a mortgage and complete on the purchase, however, most buyers aim to have enough equity saved to purchase the home by the end of year five or six. Because the mortgage is held by North America Home Finance, there is no CMHC penalty for having a down payment of less than 20 per cent.

With many Victoria residents searching for a pathway to make the move from renter to homeowner, HomePlan is an attractive new option. To learn more about the current offering from HomePlan, visit for more details or to contact a representative.

A selection of homes in Saanich are available for just 1% down with new HomePlan program.