Pre-sales at 834 Johnson Street started in 2009 at $198,900. Most of the units offered in this price range were 450 sq/ft to 550 sq/ft. Today, these smaller units are renting from $1,000 to $1,150. If you bought a pre-sale unit and put 20% down upon completion, your mortgage would be approximately $600 to $650 depending on your mortgage product. Now add $150 in strata fees per month and approximately $100 per month for property taxes and you are still under $900/month to own.
In this particular scenario, owning your condo can be cheaper than renting. There are many other benefits to owning; however, it is important to note that there can also be benefits to renting! It is important to examine the pros and cons of each carefully before making the big decision!