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Taxes
What you need to know about BC's Speculation and Vacancy Tax
Friday, January 26, 2024
Detailed information about BC's SVT and property exemptions. (4 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
Metro Vancouver regulates wood burning fireplaces and stoves
Monday, December 18, 2023
Metro Vancouver is reducing pollution by regulating wood burning appliances. Does this affect you? (3 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
How will the 2021 mortgage stress test rules impact Metro Vancouver real estate?
Thursday, November 16, 2023
The new rules as of June 1, 2021 will dampen mortgage credit growth, but should have a modest effect on home sales and prices. ( 1 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
Interest, fees increase amount owed for property tax deferment
Friday, October 6, 2023
If your clients are deferring their property taxes, interest rates and fees will increase the amount they owe. (2 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
BC caps maximum rent increase to 3.5 per cent
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
The change aims to address the housing crisis and simplify zoning regulations. (2 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
Government removes GST on new rental housing
Monday, September 25, 2023
This policy is for projects beginning construction from Sept 14, 2023, to Dec 31, 2030, completing construction by Dec 31, 2035. (2 minute read)
Market Trends
Increased costs contribute to reduced sales, dollar values across commercial market
Monday, September 18, 2023
Slower activity marked the second quarter of the commercial real estate market in the Lower Mainland. (1 minute read)
Taxes
Will I have to pay capital gains when I sell my house?
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Read about the conditions required for paying capital gains, and what you need to do even if you don't have to pay. (2 minute read)
Taxes
Why do I have to pay property taxes on the house I’m buying?
Friday, September 1, 2023
Property taxes in BC are due the first business day after July 1. If you buy a home at another time, you may have to pay a share of the year to avoid a penalty.
Legislation & Regulations
Homeownership rates decline – purpose-built rentals can help
Monday, August 28, 2023
Declining homeownership rates spark investment in purpose-built rentals as solution. (2 minute read)
Taxes
Empty Homes Tax put to good use – Vancouver creates affordable housing
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Affordable housing projects in Vancouver received grants worth over $8.7 million, partially from Vancouver’s EHT. (1 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
PM shuffles cabinet, new federal housing minister
Thursday, July 27, 2023
Sean Fraser is now the minister of housing, infrastructure, and communities. (2 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
REBGV recommends policy changes to improve housing affordability and availability in BC
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Read about the three tax-related recommendations REBGV made to the provincial government to ease housing. (3 minute read)
Taxes
Putting Property Transfer Tax revenue to work
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Our recommendations to the provincial government on how the PTT can be used to help build more affordable homes. (2 minute read)
Taxes
BC speculation and vacancy tax expanded to Lions Bay, Squamish
Monday, June 12, 2023
Home owners in these newly taxable areas will need to declare in 2024. (2 minute read)
Taxes
Property taxes 101
Monday, June 5, 2023
Save money on your prooperty taxes with the Home Owner Grant. The threshold has recently increased. (3 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
New exemptions to strata age restriction bylaws
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
The new exemptions include future children, dependents, and spouses/partners. (1 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
Federal foreign buyer ban coming in January 2023
Friday, March 31, 2023
The federal government’s ban on new foreign ownership of residential property becomes law on January 1, 2023. Here's what you need to know. (3 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
The effect of flood mapping and floods on housing prices
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Floodplain mapping can help assess risk and better understand a home's value. (3 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
Better protection for strata property owners coming in November
Friday, February 3, 2023
Amendments to the Strata Property Act that increase contingency reserve fund minimums are coming November 1, 2023. (2 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
BC government introduces “cooling off” period for home sales
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Starting January 1, 2023, home buyers can back out of a residential purchase up to three business days after signing a contract. (3 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
Supreme Court of Canada clarifies, expands principles of expropriation
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
A recent decision has clarified the test for constructive taking and expropriation by regulation. (5 minute read)
Market Trends
Lower Mainland’s commercial real estate sees fewer transactions in Q2
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Activity in the commercial real estate market edged down from the brisker pace experienced at the start of the year. (2 minute read)
Editorial
REBGV brings on Andrew Lis as new economist
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Andrew is an applied economist and data scientist specializing in real estate and urban land economics with experience in the public and private sectors. (1 minute read)
Market Trends
CMHC estimates 3.5 million new affordable homes needed
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
A CMHC report estimates BC needs 3.5 million new homes by 2030 to make homes affordable, 1.2 million short of current projections. (2 minute read)
Market Trends
Lower Mainland’s commercial real estate market begins 2022 with steady sales and higher prices
Thursday, June 23, 2022
A steady start to the 2022 commercial real estate market. (2 minute read)
Market Trends
CMHC report finds lack of supply main cause of unaffordable housing
Friday, May 13, 2022
A recent CMHC report determined housing supply is the main factor behind unaffordability in Canada. (1 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
BC REALTORS® offer 30 policy recommendations to province to improve BC real estate
Thursday, March 31, 2022
The BC Real Estate Association, with support of BC’s real estate boards, has 30 policy recommendations for the provincial government.
Market Trends
What does first quarter activity say about Metro Vancouver’s housing market in 2022?
Thursday, March 3, 2022
REBGV Economist Keith Stewart projects what home sale, listing, and price activity you can expect in 2022. (1 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
What’s in BC Budget 2022 for homebuyers and owners?
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
BC Budget 2022 was released on February 22, 2022 with a focus on funding for climate change, infrastructure, and homelessness. (2 minute read)
Taxes
No SVT exemption for owners of vacant stratas
Friday, February 18, 2022
Owners of strata property in buildings with rental restrictions are no longer exempt from the BC Speculation and Vacancy Tax. (1 minute read)
Legislation & Regulations
How many homes paid BC Vacancy and Speculation Tax in your community?
Friday, December 10, 2021
Read how much tax was generated from this tax in Greater Vancouver municipalities.
Legislation & Regulations
REBGV makes three recommendations to BC government to help make homes more affordable
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Metro Vancouver is facing a housing affordability crisis. Home prices continue to rise, and the inventory of homes for sale is insufficient to meet today’s demand.
Legislation & Regulations
Federal government plans unused housing tax
Friday, September 24, 2021
Read about the federal government’s plans to implement a national, annual one-per-cent tax on non-resident, non-Canadian owned residential vacant or underused real estate.
Market Trends
How many Metro Vancouver properties are purchased by foreign buyers?
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Check out the impact on Metro Vancouver's real estate market.
Market Trends
What's the difference between a buyer's and seller's market?
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Several factors influence the housing market which then influences supply and demand.
Market Trends
REBGV economist discusses the market, COVID-19's effects, and the state of the recovery
Friday, August 13, 2021
Keith Stewart, REBGV economist, highlights the market effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Metro Vancouver.
Market Trends
Home sales and new listings on par with historic average
Monday, July 26, 2021
While still firmly in seller's market conditions, home sale and listing activity has eased from the record-setting pace of the spring.
Legislation & Regulations
Speculation and vacancy tax relief for non-existent homes
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
The provincial speculation and vacancy tax applies to airspace above buildings classed as residential. The government will temporarily remove this tax for one year.
Market Trends
Regulators advise home buyers, sellers to understand potential risks of a busy market
Friday, April 16, 2021
In an active market, seeking professional advice from a Realtor is more important than ever.
Taxes
What are the tax implications of building a laneway house?
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Before building a laneway home or buying a property with one, you should understand the tax implications of doing so.
Legislation & Regulations
The Land Owner Transparency Registry – what you need to know
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
To help stop the ‎hidden ownership of real ‎‎estate and prevent money laundering and tax evasion, the BC government has introduced legislation and an owner registry.
Market Trends
Largest year-over-year price increases
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
The five areas in our region with the largest year-over-year price increases might surprise you.
Fact Sheets
Cannabis fact sheet
Monday, March 22, 2021
Cannabis is regulated at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Here’s a summary of how it’s dealt with in Greater Vancouver municipalities.
Legislation & Regulations
Rent freeze extended; renovictions, disputes addressed in proposed legislation
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Check the details of the BC government's proposed legislation to extend the residential rent freeze, and other related items.
Market Trends
Buying or selling in a busy market? Here’s how you can make the transaction easier
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
In a busy real estate market, homes are bought and sold at a faster pace than usual. This can create a sense of urgency that causes home prices to rise.
Market Trends
What Metro Vancouver's strong housing market looked like in 2020
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
This is what Metro Vancouver's strong housing market looked like in 2020.
Market Trends
Metro Vancouver real estate generated $2.1 billion for BC's economy in 2020
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Economic spin-off activity and creating an estimated 14,728 jobs resulted from real estate sales in 2020.
Market Trends
How did COVID-19 affect Metro Vancouver home buyer demand in 2020?
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Demand is typically seasonal in the metro Vancouver housing market. Activity tends to peak in the spring and fall.
Legislation & Regulations
Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax increases to three per cent
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Mayor Kennedy Stewart has followed through on a 2018 election campaign promise and has tripled the Empty Homes Tax rate to three per cent.
Legislation & Regulations
BC's Land Owner Transparency Registry now in force: what you need to know
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
When a title change is registered in the land titles office, the transferee must file a transparency declaration disclosing interest holders.
Legislation & Regulations
Maximum allowable rent increase is 1.4 per cent for 2021
Monday, September 21, 2020
BC landlords can raise rental apartment rents a maximum of 1.4 per cent as of January 2021 according to new rules set by the province.
Legislation & Regulations
Rent due, evictions allowed, rent repayment plan
Thursday, September 17, 2020
The provincial government has lifted the ban on issuing evictions for non-payment of rent. Here's what to do if you're affected.
Legislation & Regulations
Provincial government changes strata insurance regulations
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
These changes are intended to address rising strata insurance costs that have affected strata owners throughout the province.
Legislation & Regulations
Strata insurance – where are we at?
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Read an update on how the Insurance Bureau of Canada has responded to unusually high insurance premiums faced by strata corporations.
Legislation & Regulations
Secondary suites now allowed in ground-oriented, multi-family buildings
Friday, August 7, 2020
New updates to the BC Building Code allow secondary suites in duplexes, townhouses, and detached row houses throughout the province.
Legislation & Regulations
Government begins regulating strata insurance
Monday, July 13, 2020
To help return the strata insurance market to balance, the Ministry of Finance announced amendments to the Strata Property Act .
Market Trends
Innovation Series: Watch our video interview with BCREA Economist Brendon Ogmundson
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Brendon discusses the long-term impact of COVID-19 on the real estate market.
Legislation & Regulations
BC government extends rental supplement and moratorium on rent increases, relaxes eviction ban 
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The BC government announced plans to extend its rental supplement program and moratorium on rent increases, while relaxing some of the rules around the eviction ban. 
Market Trends
 Three questions with BCREA Economist Brendon Ogmundson
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The arrival of COVID-19 slowed the housing market, leading some to suggest home prices will decline longer term. Are they right?
Legislation & Regulations
What’s happening in BC’s strata insurance market?
Thursday, June 18, 2020
The BC Financial Services Authority found strata insurance premiums rose by about 40 per cent, with deductibles seeing triple digit increases.
Editorial
REBGV joins #DifferentTogether anti-racism campaign
Monday, June 8, 2020
REBGV and the nearly 14,000 REALTORS® it represents, has joined Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin’s #DifferentTogether anti-racism campaign.
Market Trends
Why have Vancouver’s housing prices remained stable during the pandemic?
Friday, June 5, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced activity in Metro Vancouver’s housing market since mid-March, but home prices have remained steady throughout the last 12 months.
Legislation & Regulations
Stratas must allow pets in some circumstances
Thursday, May 14, 2020
If a strata property owner, or one of their family members, requires a support pet, a strata corporation must accommodate them.
Editorial
Real estate board instates Colette Gerber as 2020/2021 Chair
Friday, May 8, 2020
Metro Vancouver REALTOR® Colette Gerber begins her one-year term as Chair of the REBGV Board of Directors.
Legislation & Regulations
Affordable housing a priority in Throne speech
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
In today’s Throne Speech, the BC government, building on it’s housing plan, promises to continue working to fix the housing crisis by building housing for people of all incomes, from people experiencing homelessness to middle-income families.
Market Trends
Housing supply becoming constrained in Metro Vancouver
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Demand is beginning to outpace the supply of new homes coming on to the market in Metro Vancouver.
Market Trends
What does Metro Vancouver's inventory look like?
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
While Metro Vancouver’s housing market experienced an uptick in sales to end the year, despite below-average sales activity in 2019, the number of homes available for sale in the region is declining.
Market Trends
What can you expect from Vancouver's 2020 housing market?
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
REBGV President Ashley Smith recently joined CTV Morning Live to share her insights on what to expect in Metro Vancouver's housing market in 2020.
Market Trends
Commercial real estate activity remains below the pace of recent years
Friday, December 13, 2019
Sales activity in the Lower Mainland’s commercial real estate market continued to decline in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019 compared to recent years.
Market Trends
Commercial real estate sales down from last year’s pace
Friday, September 13, 2019
Sales activity in the Lower Mainland’s commercial real estate market declined in Q2 2019 compared to the more active market experienced in the region last year.
Legislation & Regulations
REALTORS® across Canada urge governments to reduce costs and remove barriers to home ownership
Thursday, September 12, 2019
REALTOR® associations from Canada’s largest real estate markets are calling on all levels of government to take meaningful action to make home ownership more accessible.
Market Trends
Fewer commercial real estate sales to start 2019
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Commercial real estate sales in the Lower Mainland declined in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019 compared to the active market experienced across the region last year.
Market Trends
What does Metro Vancouver’s housing supply look like?
Monday, June 17, 2019
In the past few years, Metro Vancouver’s housing market was woefully undersupplied, putting pressure on home buyers and increasing home prices. This trend, however, is reversing.
Market Trends
Millennials are staying in Vancouver, according to report
Monday, May 27, 2019
Despite anecdotal reports, there’s no evidence millennials aged 20 to 34 are leaving Vancouver because of high housing costs according to a new study from RBC Economic Research.
Legislation & Regulations
What is the beneficial ownership registry and how will it work?
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Property owners can no longer anonymously list companies, trusts, and partnerships. New provincial legislation establishes Canada’s first public registry of beneficial owners of BC property, and has new disclosure requirements.
Editorial
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver issues statement on government reports on money laundering
Thursday, May 9, 2019
The BC government released reports today on the findings of two examinations into potential money laundering activities in the real estate market. Real Estate of Board of Greater Vancouver President Ashley Smith issued the following statement on the findings of these investigations.
Editorial
Real estate industry partners create anti-money laundering recommendations for government
Monday, April 15, 2019
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver partnered with other organizations to submit joint recommendations to the provincial and federal governments on April 15, 2019 on how to strengthen anti-money laundering measures in our province.
Market Trends
Demand for commercial real estate declines in 2018
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The commercial real estate market in the Lower Mainland saw fewer sales and lower dollar volumes in 2018 compared to recent years.
Legislation & Regulations
Federal budget 2019 – new initiatives for home buyers
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Federal Budget 2019 includes initiatives for first-time buyers, renters and measures to prevent tax non-compliance and money laundering.
Editorial
Real estate board instates Ashley Smith as 2019/2020 president
Thursday, March 14, 2019
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) would like to introduce REALTOR® Ashley Smith as its 2019/2020 president.
Editorial
REBGV marks 100 years of service and innovation
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
It’s official—the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver turned 100 on March 13! To mark this momentous occasion, we produced a video that celebrates our past while looking toward the future.
Legislation & Regulations
BC launches first-of-a kind pre-sale condo registry
Thursday, March 7, 2019
A new Condo and Strata Assignment Integrity Register (CSAIR) has been introduced by the BC Ministry of Finance to track condominium pre-sales throughout the province.
Legislation & Regulations
Nothing for home buyers in Budget 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019
BC Budget 2019, tabled on February 19, 2019 by Finance Minister Carole James, offers nothing to help home buyers – whether they’re first-timers or trading up.
Editorial
Hiring the right REALTOR® is an important first step in today’s real estate market
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Navigating Metro Vancouver’s housing market can feel daunting, especially when market conditions are changing.
Legislation & Regulations
Strata depreciation reports are mandatory
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
A strata depreciation report is an important document which provides valuable information to strata owners, buyers, mortgage providers and insurers.
Market Trends
What would it take to get more affordable townhomes to market?
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
If a developer buys land to build affordable townhomes in Metro Vancouver, how long will it take before we see “for sale” signs?
Market Trends
MLS® Home Price Index methodology
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The MLS® HPI is designed to be a reliable, consistent, and timely way of measuring changes in home prices.
Market Trends
MLS® Home Price Index explained
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The MLS® HPI is a measure of real estate prices that provides a clearer picture of market trends over traditional tools such as mean or median average prices.
Market Trends
Economists agree benchmark prices are the most accurate
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The MLS® HPI is the best and purest way to gauge home price trends.
Legislation & Regulations
New real estate rules mean new forms to sign
Thursday, July 19, 2018
The next time you go to buy or sell a property, your REALTOR® is required by the government to go through some additional forms to explain how or whether you’re being represented and to clarify the compensation that you’ll pay.
Taxes
All you need to know about Vancouver's Empty Homes Tax
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Each home owner will have received a property status declaration from the City to determine if their property is subject to the Empty Homes Tax.