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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.
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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.
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How will the new mortgage stress test rules impact Metro Vancouver real estate?
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
The new rules will dampen mortgage credit growth, but should have a modest effect on home sales and prices in the region going forward.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Time to complete your speculation and vacancy tax declaration
Friday, January 22, 2021
Residential property owners in communities where the speculation and vacancy tax applies will soon receive their declaration package.
Taxes
Property taxes 101
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
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.
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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.
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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.
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Vancouver council passes motion to end "no pets" rental rules
Monday, October 26, 2020
Vancouver city council passed a motion to end “no pet” restrictions in rental housing contracts on October 13, 2020.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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. 
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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 .
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Open houses to resume in BC under new safety guidelines
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Learn more about these guidelines and what you can expect at an open house.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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Governments offer businesses additional relief
Friday, April 17, 2020
The federal and provincial governments are providing new and expanded programs to help Canadian businesses during COVID-19.
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The provincial rental freeze, evictions ban, and what it means for you
Thursday, April 2, 2020
The provincial government brought a new Rental Tenancy Order into effect, restricting rent increases and evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.