Report: Seniors Taking on New Mortgages to Help Kids Buy a Home
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For generations, retired Canadians aimed to follow this golden rule: by the time you reach the end of your working days, you should be free from all mortgage and debt obligations.
Younger people were the ones who were up to their ears in debt while older ones entered retirement having paid off their mortgages, credit cards or lines of credit.
This practical financial wisdom appears to have gone by the wayside, according to a TransUnion Canada Industry Insights Report.
According to the credit reporting agency’s latest report, it’s Canada’s older generations — the Silent/Pre-War generation (aged 73-93) and Baby Boom generation (aged 54-72) — that are taking on mortgage debt much later in life. The report found a shocking 63 per cent increase in the volumes of mortgages issued to those aged 73-93 and an 18 per cent increase in those issued to those aged 54 to 72.
Why has the notion of holding mortgage debt after retirement has become increasingly common?