November 11th, 2022 | Real Estate

Real Estate & Generational Wealth

While investment in Toronto real estate can be gainful for the purchaser, it can also be a useful asset in creating and maintaining generational wealth. Unlike traditional investment, the transfer of wealth through luxury real estate generates an exceptional financial safety net for the receiving generation, without the requirement of upfront liquid assets from them.

As emerging social and economic factors impact Millenial and Generation Z Canadians, earlier-generation homeowners are examining both traditional and contemporary methods for securing a stable financial future for their children. 

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Defining Generational Wealth

In brief, the transfer of generational wealth involves the passing of financial assets from one generation of a family to another, most commonly between parent and child. Income, equities, bonds, and other investments, as well as property and family-owned enterprises or businesses, are examples of such assets.

In the realm of luxury real estate, nurturing generational wealth is a common intention. As real estate in Toronto’s most exclusive enclaves becomes increasingly sought-after, high-end properties hold and appreciate in value remarkably well. This makes luxury homes an auspicious asset to pass on to future generations. 

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Succession Planning

The circumstances in which generational wealth is transferred can vary. In the case of a family member passing away, the transfer most often occurs through inheritance. The legal inheritance process encapsulates a wide range of eligible financial assets, and luxury real estate is no exception. In Toronto, most affluent homeowners will appoint a designated family member to inherit their property upon their passing in their will. 

Not only can this process protect the emotional and sentimental value of the property by ensuring it stays within the family, but it can also create an exceptional financial safety net for the receiving generation, particularly if the home is completely paid off. 

Historically, inheritance has accounted for the vast majority of generational wealth transfers in luxury real estate. However, as Canada continues to grapple with the swelling challenges of a broader housing shortage, a greater volume of concerned parents are seeking proactive solutions to ensure their children have access to housing in the future. 

Intently Investing in Their Future 

With the financial repercussions of low housing inventory continuing to impact younger residents, some families are considering an expedited approach to real estate wealth transfer. As costs of living continue to inflate, some parents are electing to purchase property for their children in today’s market conditions and transferring ownership either immediately or at a later date. 

Even if the child is younger, purchasing a property for them early is still an advantageous investment. As Toronto continues to attract thousands of new residents each year, home prices are set likely to climb long-term. This growth also offers ample opportunities for investors to lease their property in the interim, capitalizing on the city’s competitive tenancy landscape. 

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Navigating Transfers

Whether through inheritance or gifting, transferring property between generations will involve tax implications. As there are no taxes on property inheritance following a death in Canada, the majority of these considerations apply to instances of gifting. 

For investors considering a proactive property transfer, taxation will vary based on the age of the child. Most notably, if the child is under the age of 18, there will be tax implications for both parties. If the property is generating revenue from tenants, the receiving party will be responsible for reporting any returns as income.

While taxation is not always flexible, there are strategies for reducing penalties and other financial drawbacks. One of the most effective techniques for minimizing potential pitfalls is working with a real estate agent who has experience navigating generational asset transfers. 

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