Real estate dating
The remaining participants sit at tables in spots numbered either 1 or 2.
They have been given a list of conversation starter questions.
Software product manager Nadia Abuseif came early with the expectation only of potentially meeting interesting people. Her half of the home’s value won’t be enough to buy an equivalent house in the city, and Abuseif isn’t keen on a condo.
Abuseif’s marriage ended amicably about six months ago. Her agent has told her that divorce is generally a real estate disaster and many estranged couples continue to live together just to keep their home.“We’re both going with half the (home’s) value.
As a city, Gaynor said, Toronto should be talking about “taking properties we are over-housed in and being able to turn them into (shared homes) — not changing anything about the inherent nature of a neighbourhood.
We’re in fact enhancing (it).”Although some at the Go Co event say they could probably afford to buy outside the city, most want a downtown home. They are searching for more information and new connections.“I won’t be in a financial position to purchase by myself for a couple more years and I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep up with the market,” Andrea Campbell says.
They are among roughly two dozen people, mostly millennials, who have come in search of someone who might be willing to share a roof, but not necessarily a life. Many people here already have personal partners, and some have already owned homes.
Ideally, a basement suite would provide income for maintenance.A mother of three, Gaynor worries about the financial risks of housing for young adults.She also sees a looming crisis for seniors who want to remain independent but are often isolated in their homes.“I think it would be fun to own a house with someone who would walk my dog once in a while and I’ll even babysit their kid once in a while,” he says. Caledon realtor Dorothy Mazeau wants to start a home-matching site for seniors similar to the Golden Girls Network in the U. She has been part of various home-sharing arrangements for 30 years and says the growing interest in co-ownership reflects a financial reality but also a search for human connections.