• 56 per cent of boomers consider their local housing market unaffordable for retirement
  • 9 per cent of boomer parents do not expect their kids to move out until after the age of 35; this number is almost three times higher in British Columbia
  • 32 per cent of boomers looking to buy in the next five years most likely to purchase a condo


https://www.royallepage.ca/en/realestate/news_fr/more-than-1-4-million-boomers-across-canada-expect-to-buy-a-home-in-the-next-five-years/

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June 14, 2018, Vancouver, BC – New rules approved by the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) to enhance consumer protection in the real estate industry come into effect June 15, 2018. The rules will be enforced by the Real Estate Council of BC and they will ensure that consumers have better information to make informed decisions, and that real estate professionals act with undivided loyalty to serve their clients’ best interests. Among other things, these rules will:

 

https://www.recbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/News_Release_June_14.pdf 

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Three months into B.C.’s experience with tighter mortgage-qualification rules, layered in with provincial real-estate tax changes, property markets are starting to shift.

However, parsing out the whether the provincial measures — the speculation tax on second homes, school surtax on expensive homes and raising the property transfer tax — are having a big, small or any impact on the housing market is an open question.

 

http://theprovince.com/business/real-estate/b-c-property-markets-starting-to-shift-after-tighter-mortgage-rules-tax-changes/wcm/5bdf1b26-6455-40a6-8c8a-597e5e1bfa9c 

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British Columbia’s new speculation tax on out-of-province buyers will likely convince a wave of owners to sell their vacation properties, pushing down home prices, said a forecast from Royal LePage.

 

By the end of September, the real estate company is expecting the average price of a recreational home in B.C. to reach $531,333, a 2.8 per cent drop from last year’s average of $546,444.

 

Under B.C.’s speculation regulations, owners outside the province will be taxed 0.5 per cent this year, but next year will see the rate climb to 2 per cent for foreign investors and 1 per cent for Canadian citizens and permanent residents not living in B.C. but owning properties in the province.

 

http://vancouversun.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/b-c-housing-tax-to-cause-vacation-property-price-dip-royal-lepage-forecast/wcm/19e835ea-80ab-48d1-8525-0e596516cf25 

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If we are serious about slowing the hyperactive escalator lifting our housing prices to higher and higher levels, then we have to push the emergency button and explore what part is malfunctioning.

It is not a deflection to start with our own governments’ responsibilities. It is the best place to start, for good reason.

 

https://biv.com/article/2018/05/government-major-contributor-higher-metro-house-prices

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Careful What You Wish For........ The Economic Fallout of Housing Price Shocks


The desire of some well-meaning British Columbians for government to drive down the price of homes through demand-side policy may sound practical at first blush. However, when you consider the broad and deep economic toll that a negative shock to home prices would exact on both homeowners and renters, it quickly becomes apparent that such an approach is at best, a mug’s game. BCREA Economics analysis* shows that even a relatively modest negative price shock will produce significant consequences to the BC economy. 

 

http://bcrea.bc.ca/docs/economics-forecasts-and-presentations/the-economic-fallout-of-housing-price-shocks.pdf?sfvrsn=2

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BC budget includes new real estate taxes and spending commitments

Housing was the dominant issue in today’s provincial budget.

 

The government released a 30-point housing strategy aimed at reducing housing demand, curbing tax fraud, building affordable housing, and increasing security for renters. 

 

Please see the complete Budget 2018 by clicking on the link below:

 

http://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/newsrelease/2018_News_Release.pdf

 

 

Affordable housing

  • The province is investing $6 billion in affordable housing to create 114,000 homes over the next 10 years.
  • The province will enhance local government capacity to build and retain affordable housing.
  • The province will require developers to collect and report comprehensive information about the assignment of pre-sale condo purchases.
  • The province intends to track beneficial ownership information.
  • The province will collect additional information to increase transparency and strengthen enforcement in real estate.

Tax measures

Speculation tax

  • The province will implement a new speculation tax on residential properties, targeting foreign and domestic homeowners who don’t pay income tax in BC. This includes those who leave homes vacant.
  • The tax will apply to the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Capital, and Nanaimo Regional districts and in the municipalities of Kelowna and West Kelowna.
  • In 2018, the tax rate will be $5 per $1,000 of assessed value. In 2019, the tax rate will rise to $20 per $1,000 of assessed value.
  • The province will administer the tax and will collect data to enforce it including, social insurance numbers, household information, and world-wide income information.

Foreign buyer tax

  • Effective Feb. 21, 2018, the foreign buyer tax will increase to 20 per cent from 15 per cent and will be extended to the Fraser Valley, Capital, Nanaimo, and Central Okanagan Regional Districts.
  • If the property is located in the Capital Regional District, Fraser Valley Regional District, Regional District of Central Okanagan, or Nanaimo Regional District, and the property transfer is registered on or after February 21, 2018, there are transitional rules available here.

Property Transfer Tax

Effective Feb. 21, 2018, the Property Transfer Tax on residential properties above $3 million will increase to five per cent from three per cent.

Provincial School Tax

Beginning in 2019, the provincial school tax will increase on most residential properties in excess of $3 million.

 

 

Database on pre-sale condo assignments

The province will require developers to collect and report comprehensive information about the assignment of pre-sale condo purchases. The information will be reported to a designated government office and shared with federal and provincial tax authorities to ensure taxes are paid.

Online accommodation PST and MRDT

Online accommodation platforms are enabled to collect and remit the Provincial Sales Tax and Municipal and Regional District Tax (Hotel Room Tax).

Property tax treatment for ALR land

As part of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) review, the province is examining residential land in the ALR to ensure land is used for farming.

 

Clarity of property ownership

Compelling access to MLS®

The province plans to enable tax administrators to compel access to information relevant to property transfers, such as information held in a MLS® database. 

Beneficial land ownership registry

The province will require additional information about beneficial ownership on the PTT form.

Administered by the LTSA, the information will be publicly available and shared with federal and provincial tax and law enforcement authorities. Legislation will be introduced to require BC corporations to hold accurate and up to date information on beneficial owners in their own record offices available to law enforcement, tax and other authorities.

Task force on money laundering and tax evasion

The province will work with the federal government to formalize a multi-agency working group on tax evasion, money laundering and housing.

Residential Tenancy Branch

Increased funding to the Residential Tenancy Branch to reduce wait time, improve service and deal with disputes more quickly, as well as strengthening the Residential Tenancy Act and the penalties for those who repeatedly break the law.

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New taxes unlikely to stabilize housing market Victoria, BC – February 20, 2018.

The British Columbia Real Estate Association calls on government to introduce transitional rules for all transactions impacted by the new tax measures introduced in Budget 2018. The new tax measures come into effect on February 21, 2018. The Property Transfer Tax (PTT) increase to 5% for properties over $3 million, as well as the increase to 20% and expansion of the Foreign Buyer’s Tax to other parts of the province will have an immediate impact on transactions underway.

http://www.bcrea.bc.ca/docs/News-2018/2018-02-20BCBudget.pdf?sfvrsn=8 

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Mortgage Rate Outlook Canadian mortgage rates rose substantially in 2017 and are forecast to rise further in 2018. After beginning the year at or near historical lows for both the qualifying rate as well as 5-year contract rates, an acceleration of economic growth prompted a shift at the Bank of Canada and a withdrawal of stimulus implemented to help the economy absorb the oil-shock of 2015.

 

http://www.bcrea.bc.ca/docs/economics-forecasts-and-presentations/mortgagerateforecast.pdf

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The North Shore continues to be one of the most attractive regions in Canada for new immigrants, according to Statistics Canada’s recently released 2016 census figures.

Since 2001, West Vancouver’s population has grown by 259. However, the municipality’s immigrant population rose by 3,840, bringing West Van’s overall percentage of immigrants from 36 to 44 per cent.

http://www.nsnews.com/news/west-van-s-immigrant-population-up-1.23082818

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New Zealand’s new Prime Minister-elect, Jacinda Ardern, has wasted no time in addressing that country’s soaring property prices.

Ardern – who seems to be taking over from Justin Trudeau as the global media’s latest, youngest, hippest nation leader du jour – announced October 24 that non-resident buyers will not be permitted to purchase existing homes anywhere in New Zealand (while also announcing a crackdown on immigration).

http://www.rew.ca/news/should-we-follow-new-zealand-s-foreign-buyer-ban-1.23075761?utm_source=Consumer%3A+Vancouver+Market+News&utm_campaign=beef2b4ec5-REW_Consumer_News_Friday_October_10_27_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8e94885b84-beef2b4ec5-93614499

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Holding the overnight interest rate steady in its October 25 announcement, the Bank of Canada warned that future rate hikes would be likely, although at a more tentative pace than previously anticipated.

Following two interest rate hikes in July and September at consecutive policy meetings, the central bank said it had decided to hold off with another rate hike – for now. This corresponds with the BC Real Estate Association’s prediction in September that interest rates won’t rise again until 2018.

http://www.rew.ca/news/bank-of-canada-promises-caution-in-interest-rate-hikes-1.23074532?utm_source=Consumer%3A+Vancouver+Market+News&utm_campaign=beef2b4ec5-REW_Consumer_News_Friday_October_10_27_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8e94885b84-beef2b4ec5-93614499

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Last year, so many of you so generously donated items to the REALTORS’ CARE BLANKET DRIVE and  as a result, that success contributed to the more than 300,000 people in our communities who have been helped over the past 22 years.

 

This year, THE NEED HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER.

 

Between Tuesday, November 14 to Tuesday, November 21, is the 23rd REALTORS’ CARE BLANKET DRIVE, and we are asking you to help the homeless and working poor stay warm and dry again this winter.

 

Of course, the BLANKET DRIVE does not just mean blankets…….

 

You can help with donations of:
  • gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
  • warm clothing, coats
  • hats, gloves, scarves
  • new socks and underwear
  • plastic ponchos, bivy sack

 

Although there are many drop off locations on the North Shore, we will save you a trip …….just give us a call and we will pick up your items from you!  Judi 604-868-9812 or Cathy 604-760-2786

 

Thank you in advance for your help again this year. The unbelievable success of this yearly BLANKET DRIVE  is thanks to your donations!

 

 

 

Judi Whyte                                                                  Cathy Wood

604-868-9812                                                              604-760-2786

 

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The net effect of having non-local buyers investing in a real estate market such as Vancouver, Toronto or New York is overall a “negative” one, according to two professors from UBC and New York who are jointly studying the out-of-town investment on cities.

http://www.rew.ca/news/out-of-town-buyers-have-negative-effect-on-locals-1.23068301?utm_source=Consumer%3A+Vancouver+Market+News&utm_campaign=2dbba4b1dc-REW_Consumer_News_Friday_October_10_20_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8e94885b84-2dbba4b1dc-93614499

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ll mortgage applicants will have to pass a “stress test” on their qualifying income – no matter how high their down payment – from January 1, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) confirmed October 17.

 

The stress test was introduced last fall to all applicants of insured mortgages (those with less than 20% down), but has now been extended to all mortgage applicants including uninsured borrowers, as that group comprises a larger segment of the mortgage market.

http://www.rew.ca/news/stress-test-for-all-mortgages-to-launch-in-new-year-1.23068135?utm_source=Consumer%3A+Vancouver+Market+News&utm_campaign=2dbba4b1dc-REW_Consumer_News_Friday_October_10_20_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8e94885b84-2dbba4b1dc-93614499

 

 

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New homes in the City of North Vancouver are slated to be a little more expensive and a lot more efficient.

City council unanimously endorsed new construction guidelines in accordance with the B.C. Energy Step Code at an Oct. 2 meeting. The change is slated to come into effect as of Dec. 15.

http://www.nsnews.com/news/city-raises-building-standards-to-combat-greenhouse-gas-emissions-1.23063400 

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The B.C. Real Estate Association is pushing back against a proposed ban on the controversial practice of allowing realtors to represent both sellers and buyers of a property.

The proposed ban on dual agency — also known as double-ending — is the most significant change among a number of rules proposed Wednesday by the B.C. government’s Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate. The draft rule changes, meant to protect consumers and improve transparency in B.C.’s red-hot real estate market, have been provided to realtors and the public for comment over the next month.

Dual agency has been restricted or banned in some U.S. states, and Ontario has also proposed a ban on it.

In an interview on Thursday, the B.C. Real Estate Association’s CEO, Robert Laing, said realtors worry that banning dual agency will hurt both consumers and realtors.

“Our biggest concern is the consumer’s right to make a choice about who they work with is being taken away from them,” Laing said. “The superintendent is trying to protect the consumers, but we think he is forgetting that in a free-enterprise market the consumer needs choice.”

 

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/realtors-group-criticizes-proposed-ban-on-dual-agency 

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Vancouver's second-last downtown gas station sold to a development company for a bargain price of $72 million, and now its last fuel centre is on the market.

CTV News reports the Esso station located at the intersection of Burrard and Davie Street is listed without an asking price, but adds that it will likely sell for a similar price as its former competitor.

 

The city's skyline continues to expand, and may do so at the expense of commuters or visitors in and around the downtown core due to an increased inaccessibility of fuel. However, this surplus of earnings may prove valuable to land owners.

 

“[Unlike real estate,] pumping gasoline is not a very high margin business,” said Tsur Somerville, director of the University of British Columbia Centre for Urban Economics, to CTV News.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/04/17/vancouver-gas-station-last_n_16063296.html?utm_hp_ref=ca-bc-business

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B.C. real estate agents will be generally banned from acting as dual agents for both buyers and sellers under tough new rules drafted by the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate and obtained by Postmedia News. 

The draft rules were based on recommendations from the report of an independent advisory group released in June 2016 to address problems in B.C.’s real estate industry. Those problems included some realtors putting their own interests ahead of clients, some not abiding by rules around reporting requirements to prevent money laundering, realtors failing to disclose assignment of contracts (known as shadow flipping).

The draft rules will be provided to realtors and the public, with superintendent Michael Noseworthy open to feedback over the next month. 

 

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-realtors-to-be-banned-from-dual-agency-as-part-of-rule-changes 

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