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:

 

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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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