From the first full BC Budget the NDP has done since 2011 yesterday, many changes were announced. Housing and childcare seem to be the two sectors in the spotlight. The changes that impact our real estate market here are:
Foreign Buyers Tax going up
Property Transfer Tax up
“The property transfer tax rate is: 1% on the first $200,000, 2% on the portion of the fair market value greater than $200,000 and up to and including $2,000,000, 3% on the portion of the fair market value greater than $2,000,000, and if the property is residential, a further 2% on the portion of the fair market value greater than $3,000,000 (effective February 21, 2018).”
Closing housing loopholesThe NDP was highly critical in opposition of the loopholes that were being exploited in the overheated housing market. Now in government, the NDP will try to close some of the loopholes by creating a database on pre-sale condo assignments, stopping numbered companies from owning homes and deal with mega-homes built on Agriculture Land Reserve Land.
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