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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.
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.
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.
Fact Sheets
Heritage Homes fact sheet
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
If a home is more than 60 years old, home owners may refer to it as having character merit or as “heritage”, regardless of how well it has been preserved or how much it has been altered over the years.
Fact Sheets
Tree protection bylaws and policies for private property owners
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Many local governments in Greater Vancouver have a bylaw or policy addressing tree removal, retention, pruning and damage on private property. This fact sheet is an overview.
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.
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. 
Fact Sheets
Property Transfer Tax fact sheet
Friday, May 1, 2020
The Property Transfer Tax (PTT) is a land registration tax paid by a home buyer when a title is registered at the Land Title Survey Authority. Learn how much PTT you need to pay.
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.
Fact Sheets
Secondary Suites fact sheet
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
This fact sheet provides a summary of bylaws and policies for secondary suites located within primary residences, auxiliary suites above garages, small garden suites, and coach houses (not laneway homes).
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.
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.
Urban Planning
Missing middle housing: three ways to help make home ownership more affordable
Friday, October 12, 2018
Missing middle housing includes ground-oriented, multi-unit homes that don’t stand out in single-family neighbourhoods.
Fact Sheets
GST fact sheet
Thursday, September 6, 2018
The five per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) applies to the sale of some home sales in BC. Find out if GST applies to you by using this handy fact sheet.
Fact Sheets
Licensing and Consumer Services fact sheet
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Licensing and Consumer Services is a branch of BC Housing, a provincial government agency, established to improve the quality of residential construction and strengthen protection for new home buyers. Learn more about Consumer Services in this fact sheet.
Fact Sheets
Mortgage Loan Insurance fact sheet
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Under the Canadian Bank Act, the federal government requires federally regulated financial institutions to insure high-ratio mortgages – less than a 20 per cent down payment – against default. Understand mortgage insurance by using this fact sheet.
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.