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TD Canada Trust Women and Home Ownership Atlantic Canada Regional Fact Sheet

The top answers from Atlantic Canadian women about what they liked best about home ownership were:

  • 45% said having quiet/privacy/a place to themselves (vs. 28% nationally)
  • Atlantic Canadian women were most likely in the nation to say this was what they liked best about home ownership
  • 45% said not paying rent/paying other people (vs. 38% nationally)
  • 36% said having a backyard/garden (vs. 32% nationally)
  • 36% said being able to do what they want in terms of decorating/renovating (vs. 34% nationally)
  • Women in Atlantic Canada were least likely in the nation to say that rising property values (5% vs. 15% nationally) and building equity (23% vs. 44% nationally) is what they liked best about homeownership

When asked what they liked least about home ownership, women in Atlantic Canada answered:

  • The cost of maintenance and repairs (41% vs. 40% nationally)
  • Performing maintenance and repairs (27% vs. 37% nationally)
  • More housework (yard work, snow removal) (27%, same as national statistic)
  • More expense and financial responsibilities (23% vs. 29% nationally)
  • Only 5% of women in Atlantic Canada said problems with neighbours was the aspect of home ownership that gave them the worst headaches (18% nationally)

The top three things women in Manitoba and Saskatchewan wished they would have known more about when purchasing their homes were:

  • The fees and costs related to buying a property and getting a mortgage (23% vs. 40% nationally)
  • The expected annual expense of maintaining a property (18% vs. 32% nationally)
  • Information about their mortgage options and information about a down payment tied for third at 14% (vs. 30% and 15% nationally)

About the TD Canada Trust Women and Home Ownership Poll

The TD Canada Trust Women and Home Ownership Poll surveyed women 18 years of age and older from across the country, to explore home ownership behaviour among women. The survey was conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion with English and French speaking Canadians using the Angus Reid Forum. The sample size includes 1,000 women who have purchased a home independently. The answers from 361 women aged 20 to 45 were used to compare to the 2008 poll which surveyed this age group exclusively; 22 of these respondents were from Atlantic Canada.