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Urban Planning
Council passes Vancouver Plan
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
The plan promises new densification to accommodate 260,000 new residents and 210,000 new jobs. (1 minute read)
Urban Planning
Broadway Plan approved: 30,000 new homes coming
Thursday, June 30, 2022
The approved Broadway plan will include a significant number of new homes, increase tenant protection, new space for more jobs, and more. (3 minute read)
Taxes
Property taxes 101
Friday, June 3, 2022
Property tax notices are sent to home owners and businesses in June and are due the first or second business day in July, depending on the municipality.
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)
Urban Planning
Fee simple row houses offer gentle, more affordable density
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
There are many strata townhomes but very few fee-simple, individually owned row homes in Metro Vancouver. Why? And how can row homes help with affordability? (3 minute read)
Urban Planning
Vancouver pilot to permit six units on a detached lot
Monday, February 14, 2022
The City of Vancouver is starting a pilot program to streamline densification on single-family lots. (3 minute read)
Urban Planning
Redevelopment plan for False Creek South headed to Council
Monday, October 25, 2021
The City of Vancouver’s real estate department has released a conceptual plan to redevelop city-owned land on False Creek.
Working with a REALTOR®
What’s the Disclosure form that REALTORS® are asking you to sign?
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Having professional representation is important when you’re looking to buy or sell a home. Realtors are required to inform you, up front, about your representation options. This is what the DORTS is for.
Urban Planning
Two dwellings to be permitted on ALR farmland with conditions
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Property owners in the Agricultural Land Reserve who meet certain conditions will be able to build a second permanent dwelling as of December 31, 2021.
Working with a REALTOR®
COVID-19 safety protocols for REALTORS® remain in place for now
Friday, June 18, 2021
For the time being, current pandemic safety practices for Realtors and their clients haven't changed.
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.
Working with a REALTOR®
What is the MLS® and how does it benefit you?
Monday, December 28, 2020
The Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), owned and operated by REALTORS®, is the most powerful real estate marketing system in the country.
Working with a REALTOR®
What you need to know about home showings during the new phase of COVID-19
Friday, November 20, 2020
Read why safety remains the top priority for Metro Vancouver REALTORS® during today’s pandemic.
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Open houses are going virtual to help flatten BC’s COVID curve
Friday, November 6, 2020
The real estate boards, together with BC’s real estate regulatory bodies, advised REALTORS® this week to stop holding open houses given the worsening COVID-19 situation in our province.
Urban Planning
Provincial parties' housing policy platforms
Friday, October 16, 2020
Here are solutions offered by the three main parties as well as the BC Conservative Party which makes substantive housing related recommendations.
Urban Planning
Affordable market housing proposal defeated
Thursday, October 8, 2020
If you have a household income under $120,000 and want to buy a home in Vancouver, a new proposal from the city – had it passed – might’ve interested you.
Urban Planning
REALTORS® learn about the future of green homes at the PNE Prize Home
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Green homes are the future. By 2032 all new homes in BC will have to be up to 80 per cent more energy efficient than today.
Urban Planning
Innovation Series: Housing supply and affordability with UDI
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Urban Development Institute (UDI) CEO Anne McMullin discusses the trends affecting housing supply and affordability in Metro Vancouver.
Taxes
Empty Homes Tax put to good use – Vancouver creates affordable housing
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Four affordable housing projects in Vancouver are receiving grants totalling more than $8.7 million dollars – partially funded by Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax. 
Working with a REALTOR®
Innovation Series: Changing behaviours for open houses
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Watch how REALTORS® are creating safe showing conditions during COVID-19.
Working with a REALTOR®
REALTORS® employ new tools, resources and practices to serve their clients in phase two of BC’s re-opening plan 
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The real estate profession has been consulting with WorkSafeBC to develop and implement protocols for REALTORS® and real estate brokerages to follow.
Working with a REALTOR®
Adapting and innovating: How REALTORS® are guiding and advising their clients in today’s market
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Physical distancing requirements we’re all trying to follow isn’t the only change that COVID-19 is causing in the real estate market.
Working with a REALTOR®
What to expect when working with a REALTOR® today
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Shelter needs don’t go away during a public health crisis. That’s why the provincial government named REALTORS® as an essential service during today’s COVID-19 pandemic.
Working with a REALTOR®
How to work with a REALTOR® during the pandemic
Thursday, April 23, 2020
REBGV President Ashley Smith was on Global BC’s Open House to share how home buyers and sellers can work with their Realtor during COVID-19.
Working with a REALTOR®
Provincial government lists REALTORS® as an essential service 
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Find out what this means to you as a home buyer or seller.
Working with a REALTOR®
How to navigate today’s housing market given COVID-19 concerns
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
It’s important to talk with your REALTOR® and make decisions based on the latest guidance from local health experts and relevant government agencies.
Taxes
What you need to know about BC's Speculation and Vacancy Tax
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The deadline to complete the annual declaration to claim an exemption for the provincial government's Speculation and Vacancy Tax is coming up on March 31.
Taxes
Will I have to pay capital gains when I sell my house?
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Capital gains taxes, first introduced in 1972, are charged on the difference between what you paid for an asset – for example, a stock, and what you sold it for.
Taxes
Why do I have to pay property taxes on the house I’m buying?
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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.
Taxes
Putting Property Transfer Tax Revenue to Work
Monday, November 19, 2018
Metro Vancouver’s population is forecast to grow by 35,000 new residents each year, reaching 3.4 million by 2040. Supply problems will continue to escalate because of increasing population. To help solve this, we suggest putting the forecast $1.875 billion in PTT revenue to work.