May 28, 2014 | Cody Stuart
Rental crunch, rising housing costs highlight value of secondary suites for first-time homebuyers
Like many buyers, Karen Coyle had a checklist when shopping for her first home.
Near the top of that list was the option to add a secondary suite.
"I wanted to make sure I bought a house I would be able to afford without the help of the income from the suite," said Coyle. "But I also wanted to buy a house that could easily be suited, so that I would have a buffer in case mortgage prices rose."